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Transmission

The Labrador-Island Transmission Link project underwent a federally and provincially-regulated Environmental Assessment (EA). The project was released from the environmental assessment process in 2013. As a condition of release, Nalcor is required to fulfill various commitments outlined in the assessment, including mitigation measures, environmental management and monitoring, and follow up.

Environmental Effects Management Plans


Environmental Protection Plans
Environmental Protection Plans have been developed for the project’s HVdc transmission and HVdc specialities components, as well as for the Strait of Belle Isle marine cable crossing. Both plans have been approved by the appropriate government agencies and regulators.

Historic Resources Recovery Program
Nalcor is committed to preserving historic resources in the project area through a comprehensive assessment and recovery program. In close consultation with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Provincial Archaeology Office, Nalcor completed a comprehensive program to preserve the rich history of the region. Throughout construction Nalcor will continue with this program to ensure historic resources are properly managed and protected in the project area.

Avifauna Management Program
Nalcor is committed to minimizing impacts to avifauna species and habitat affected by project construction activities. Nalcor has developed an rigorous avifauna management plan that includes comprehensive surveys, avoidance through buffers and relocation protocols, where necessary. In addition to these measures, all individuals working on the project are provided training and informational materials to increase awareness, particularly during the nesting season.

Environmental Effects Monitoring Programs


Avifauna Protection & Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan
The Avifauna Protection and Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan identifies mitigation measures for the protection of avifauna in the transmission project area, sets out a program to determine whether the project is implemented as proposed, and that mitigation and compensation measures to minimize the project’s environmental effects are implemented. Read a draft of the plan here.

Caribou Protection & Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan
This plan relates to island caribou (presented in the plan as Woodland caribou), and addresses the required aspects of caribou protection and effects monitoring for the design, construction, and operation phases of the project for the Labrador-Island Transmission Link. Read the plan.

Freshwater Fish Protection & Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan
The Freshwater Fish Protection and Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan demonstrates how any adverse environmental effects on fish and fish habitat will be mitigated, and sets out a program for monitoring the effectiveness of mitigation measures. The plan addresses the required aspects of freshwater fish protection and effects monitoring for the design, construction and operation phases for the Labrador-Island Transmission Link. Read the plan.

Furbearers and Small Mammals Protection & Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan
This plan relates to furbearing mammals, including beaver, marten, red fox and porcupine. It demonstrates how environmental effects during construction and operation of the project will be mitigated, and sets out a program for monitoring the effectiveness of mitigation measures. Read the plan.

Outfitters Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan
This plan sets out a program for monitoring the effectiveness of mitigation measures implemented to mitigate adverse environmental effects to outfitters. The plan builds on existing information and commitments made in the EIS, and conditions of permits and licenses for the project. Read the plan.

Species at Risk Impacts Mitigation and Monitoring Plan
Provincially, wildlife species at risk are managed under the Newfoundland and Labrador Endangered Species Act (NLESA), which protects wildlife species, subspecies or populations within the province that are considered endangered, threatened or vulnerable. Under NLESA it is prohibited to disturb, harass, injure or destroy any individual of a listed species, disturb or destroy the residence of listed species, or be in possession of individuals of a listed species.

Vegetation Protection & Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan
The Vegetation Protection & Environmental Effects Monitoring Plan relates to effects identification, mitigation, management and evaluation for wetlands, riparian shorelines, listed plants, regionally uncommon plant species and timber resources within the project area. The plan demonstrates how environmental effects will be mitigated, and sets out a program for monitoring the effectiveness of mitigation measures. Read the plan.

 

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