Great Northern Port Inc. has submitted a revised environmental preview report (EPR) to develop a marine port near St. Anthony on the Northern Peninsula.
The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment revealed the EPR had been re-submitted in a press release on Monday, April 29.
The company is proposing to develop a full service marine offshore base at Crémaillère Harbour, approximately 4.1 km south of St. Anthony, to meet onshore and offshore logistics requirements as well as military and Coast Guard needs, per the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment.
The proposed port would make the Northern Peninsula a key location for travel and shipping now that activity in the Arctic is growing.
Great Northern Port submitted its first EPR in December 2018.
In February, the department required a revision from Great Northern Port to address 10 different deficiencies in the original EPR. The requirements included a more detailed description of the occurrence, distribution and status of fish and wildlife species; development of a women’s employment plan; the placement and operation of port facilities; and a detailed evaluation of the requirements of the proposed project in comparison to services and infrastructure currently or potentially provided by existing ports.
Dan Villeneuve, the CEO of Great Northern Port, told The Northern Pen in March that he was not concerned about the company's ability to address the deficiencies in the revision.
"It's not unexpected because of the size of the project," he said at the time. "It's just basically additional information required by the department and we don't see any concern with that."
The new EPR document is available to read on the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment website at http://www.mae.gov.nl.ca/env_assessment/projects/Y2017/1933/
Public comments regarding the EPR can be emailed to the chair of the Environmental Assessment Committee, John Reynolds, at email@example.com or to EAProjectComments@gov.nl.ca, or may be mailed to the address below.
Environmental Assessment Division
Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
Fourth Floor, West Block, Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700, St. John's, NL A1B 4J6
Public comments must be received by June 3, 2019. The minister's decision on the EPR is due June 8, 2019.