September 26, 2005

Joint review panel members named for Sydney Tar Ponds project

HALIFAX, NS-A three-member panel has been established to review the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency's proposal for the remediation of the Sydney Tar Ponds and coke oven sites. The panel will be headed by Lesley Griffiths, a a Halifax-based community planning and environmental consultant with extensive previous experience as chair of similar environmental assessment panels within Atlantic Canada. Joining her will be William Charles and Louis LaPierre. William Charles, a lawyer and professor who has headed advisory boards within Nova Scotia, brings administrative tribunal and environmental assessment, as well as legal, experience to the panel. Dr LaPierre, who currently holds the KC Irving Chair in Sustainable Development at the Université de Moncton, has considerable scientific expertise and extensive experience in heading environmental review panels. On August 30, the final guidelines for the preparation of the environmental impact statement (EIS) were issued to the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. It is expected that the EIS will be submitted to the joint review panel by December 30, 2005. Based on the timelines provided for in a federal-provincial agreement, the panel could submit its report to the Canadian and Nova Scotia Environment Ministers as early as the end of June 2006.

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