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Canpotex terminal in Prince Rupert enters final public comment period

The proposed Canpotex terminal in Prince Rupert continues moving forward, with the comprehensive study being released and the final public comment period beginning on September 7.

The 87-page comprehensive study proposes land clearing and construction of the terminal starting in the second quarter of 2014 with work being done on the terminal in the fourth quarter of 2017 and operations commencing in 2017 as well. The terminal calls for dock and marine infrastructure to receive 180,000 tonne vessels, a 180,000 tonne potash storage building with conveyor and dust collection system, an automated railcar unloading and conveyor system and buildings for administration, maintenance, personnel in addition to site services like water and hydro.

Included in the study is the rail/utility corridor proposed by the Prince Rupert Port Authority. That project includes an eight to 8.5 kilometre rail loop to handle up to 14 inbound and 11 outbound track on Ridley Island, a 3.4 kilometre 69 kV transmission line connected to the BC Hydro grid and an access road with a rail overpass and underpass.

The study, which looks at every aspect of potential impact from the construction and operation of the terminal, concludes that the impacts of the project should be minimal.

"Taking into account the implementation of the mitigation proposed, including commitments made by the proponent in this report and the fulfillment of regulatory requirements, the agency concludes that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects," it reads.

Anyone wishing to comment on the study must do so by October 5, 2012. Feedback can be given by e-mail at CanpotexEA@ceaa-acee.gc.ca, by phoning 604-666-2431 or by writing:

Canpotex Potash Terminal Project

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Jack Smith, Project Manager

410–701 West Georgia Street

Vancouver BC V7Y 1C6

As well as online, the comprehensive study can be viewed at the library, the  offices of the Prince Rupert Port Authority or at City Hall.

Once feedback is received, the Minister of Environment will issue his decision on the project based on a review of the feedback and the comprehensive study.

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