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Public Notice – Tazi Twé Hydroelectric Project – Public Comments Invited

March 28, 2014 — As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government’s Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Tazi Twé Hydroelectric Project, located in Saskatchewan.

The Agency invites the public to comment on the potential environmental effects of the project and the proposed measures to prevent or mitigate those effects as described in a summary of the proponent’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). All comments received will be considered public.

Written comments must be submitted by April 27, 2014 to:

Tazi Twé Hydroelectric Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
425-10115 100A Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2W2
Telephone: 780-495-2037
Fax: 780-495-2876
TaziTwe@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

To view the summary of the EIS or for more information, visit the Agency’s website (Registry reference number 80031).

Copies of the summary of the EIS are also available for viewing at the following locations:

Hamlet Office
Johnson Street, Lot 1&2, Block 8
Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan
Telephone: 306-439-2173

Black Lake First Nation
Band Office
Black Lake, Saskatchewan
Telephone: 306-284-2044

Fond du Lac First Nation
Band Office
Fond du Lac, Saskatchewan
Telephone: 306-686-2102

Consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012, this is the third of four opportunities for Canadians to comment on this project. Following this comment period, the Agency will prepare a draft Environmental Assessment Report, setting out its conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project, the proposed mitigation measures, and the significance of any remaining adverse environmental effects. A public comment period on the draft Environmental Assessment Report will be announced at a later date.

Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based approach. If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue to be subject to Canada’s strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up, and increased fines for non-compliance.

The Proposed Project
Black Lake First Nation and Saskatchewan Power Corporation (SaskPower) are proposing the construction and operation of a 42 to 50 megawatt water diversion type electrical generating station at Elizabeth Falls. The proposed project would be located adjacent to the Fond du Lac River between Black Lake and Middle Lake, on Black Lake First Nation Reserve lands in northern Saskatchewan. The proposed project would involve the construction and operation of a water intake, a power tunnel, a powerhouse, a tail race, a submerged weir, a construction camp, a bridge, and access roads.

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