EcoWeek,  April 4, 2005

Newfoundland budget assigns funds for site cleanup, habitat protection

ST JOHN'S, NFLD-Contaminated site cleanup and habitat protection are among the environmental priorities allocated funding in the Newfoundland and Labrador budget for 2005, introduced March 21. The government will spend $1 million to complete the cleanup of PCB-contaminated material and hydrocarbon fuel contamination at the former military site in St Anthony. Approximately $367,800 has been allocated for a Mealy Mountain caribou monitoring program in Labrador to ensure protection of the herd during the construction and operation of Phase III of the Trans Labrador Highway. The province will also provide $500,000 to create a Centre of Environmental Excellence in Corner Brook. This funding will be used for a master plan and feasibility studies. Another $300,000 is being allocated to fully operationalize the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Finally, the government will spend $250,000 to upgrade La Manche Provincial Park, including installation of a comfort station and related facilities.

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