NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT
of an Environmental Assessment
The Chutes Hydroelectic Generating Station on the Ivanhoe River (Xeneca Power Developement)
Ivanhoe River (ON)
July 21, 2011 (Updated July 21, 2011) — Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are required to ensure that a screening is conducted commencing on July 20, 2011 in relation to the development proposal: The Chutes Hydroelectic Generating Station on the Ivanhoe River (Xeneca Power Developement).
The proposed The Chutes (Ivanhoe River) Hydroelectric Generating Station will be operated as a run-of-river with modified peaking facility. The generating station will have an output of 3.6 MW from a gross head of 9.5 m and will consist of an 85 m concrete spillway dam and 110 m earthen embankment across the river to divert water into the powerhouse which will be close coupled with the dam.
The scope of project for The Chutes Hydroelectric Generating Station has been identified as the physical works or activities associated with the construction, operation and maintenance of the proposed hydroelectric generating facility as well as the decommissioning or abandonment (where applicable) of certain components of the development proposal. The RA(s) have determined that the scope of project will include the following components:
- The construction, operation and maintenance of a new generating station and dam at The Chutes on the Ivanhoe River.
- The construction, operation and maintenance of a new tailrace and its associated works or undertakings at The Chutes sites.
- The construction of new transmission lines and associated structures.
- The construction or alteration of portage routes either temporary during construction or permanent.
- The construction of new access roads and upgrades to existing access roads.
- Any other works or undertakings directly associated with the hydroelectric project including those that are temporary.
Under section 5 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, an environmental assessment is required because, for the purpose of enabling the project to be carried out in whole or in part, Transport Canada may take action in relation to section 5 of the Navigable Waters Protection Act and Fisheries and Oceans Canada may take action in relation to subsection 35(2) of the Fisheries Act and may take action in relation to section 32 of the Fisheries Act.
This project is also subject to the environmental assessment requirements of the Government of Ontario.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will act as the Federal Environmental Assessment Coordinator for this environmental assessment.
For further information on this environmental assessment, please contact:
Senior Environmental Officer
Environment and Engineering
4900, rue Yonge, Suite 300
Toronto ON M2N 6A5
and refer to Registry reference number 11-01-63024