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Ontario Waterpower Association advances environmental best practices for hydropower plant construction

The Ontario Waterpower Association announced that a joint venture between Genivar and Natural Resource Solutions Inc. has been awarded a contract to develop the "Best Management Practices for Waterpower Facility Construction."

This project is again being pursed as a partnership between the industry and the federal and provincial governments.

"Increasing waterpower production is critical to keeping Ontario's electricity prices affordable," said Paul Norris, OWA president. "The preparation of these guidelines, in collaboration with key federal and provincial agencies, is another step forward in realizing waterpower's potential."

"This is another example of my ministry working closely with industry to promote environmentally responsible renewable energy development. We are pleased to contribute technical expertise and financial assistance to this partnership based project, which supports the government's Green Energy Act objectives," said
Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey.

Waterpower development in Ontario is subject to the requirements of the "Class Environmental Assessment for Waterpower Projects," approved by the minister of environment in October 2008. The OWA has published a series of supporting Best Management Practices in support of the Class EA.

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