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February 08, 2005 13:23 ET

Government of Canada Launches Public Consultation Over the Proposed Clean-up Plan of the Sydney tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Sites


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FEBRUARY 8, 2005 - 13:23 ET

Government of Canada Launches Public Consultation Over
the Proposed Clean-up Plan of the Sydney tar Ponds and
Coke Ovens Sites

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 8, 2005) - The Government of
Canada today announced the next step in the clean-up of the Sydney Tar
Ponds and Coke Ovens with the release of a scoping document for the
project.

Over the next 30 days the public will be asked to provide feedback on
the scoping document which proposes a road map for an environmental
assessment.

The project description is also being released today by the Sydney Tar
Ponds Agency set up by the province of Nova Scotia.

The Government of Canada has determined that the project must begin as a
comprehensive study as required by the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Act. After the public consultation, the Minister of the Environment
will make the final determination on whether to continue the
comprehensive study process or submit the project to an independent
review panel.

"I'm pleased we are now moving ahead with the next step in this crucial
environmental remediation work for Cape Breton", says the Honourable
Scott Brison, the minister of Public Works and Government Services
Canada, the lead federal department. "My department will act as a
neutral and objective partner as we engage the community on this
all-important project."

"I invite the public to provide feedback during this consultation," says
the Honourable Stephane Dion, Minister of the Environment. "This
project is not just important to the residents of the Sydney area but it
will send a signal to the world that Canada takes its environmental
responsibilities very seriously."

The scoping document and project description are available for public
review at the McConnell Library, UCCB Library, and the Sydney Tar Ponds
Community Office in Sydney. The documents are also available on the
following web sites: the scoping document: www.pwgsc.gc.ca , the
project description: http://www.tarpondscleanup.ca

Until March 9, 2005, the public is invited to comment on the scoping
document, in the official language of their choice, by:



- Phone: (902) 564-2534,
- Fax: (902), 564-2597.
- Email: tarponds@pwgsc.gc.ca, or
- Mail: Public Works and Government Services Canada, PO Box 1280,
Station A, Sydney, NS B1P 6J9

A series of open houses to provide the public with information will
also be held in February at the following locations:

- Monday, February 14th 2005, NSCC, Marconi Campus - Multipurpose
Room, 1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, NS
- Tuesday, February 15th 2005, St. Michael's Society Hall Polish
Village, 954 Victoria Road, Whitney Pier, NS
- Wednesday, February 16th, 2005, Ashby Legion Hall 35 State Street,
Sydney, NS
- Thursday, February 17th, 2005, St. George's Hall, Nepean Street
(behind Church across from the Holy Angels High School) Sydney,
NS.

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Backgrounder
Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens
Environmental Assessment


Background

The project is subject to an Environmental Assessment (EA) pursuant to
the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act .

Under the Act, there are three main types of assessment: screening,
comprehensive study, and panel review. The Government of Canada has
already decided that the project must begin as a comprehensive study as
required by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

The scoping document proposes what will be considered in the
environmental assessment. This includes the scope of the assessment, the
factors and the scope of the factors to be considered as well as the
environmental assessment methodology.

Following the release of the scoping document, there will be a 30-day
period for public review. Public Works and Government Services Canada
(PWGSC), together with Environment Canada (EC) and Transport Canada
(TC), will submit its findings and a recommendation to the Minister of
the Environment.

Under the comprehensive study process, after receiving a recommendation
from the responsible authorities, the Minister of the Environment will
make a decision on whether the assessment will continue by way of a
comprehensive study or a review panel.


NEXT STEPS



- 30-day consultation
- analysis of feedback by PWGSC, along with EC and TC as responsible
authorities
- drafting of a recommendation on the type of environmental
assessment for the Minister of the Environment
- decision by the Minister of the Environment on appropriate
environmental assessment track


For More Information

Public Works and Government Services Canada: www.pwgsc.gc.ca

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency: www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Sydney Tar Ponds Agency: www.gov.ns.ca/stpa

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