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					     ONTARIO POWER GENERATION NEWS
                                          NEWSLETTER #1, APRIL 2006
          REDEVELOPMENT OF HOUND CHUTE GENERATING STATION • ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT




  REDEVELOPMENT OF HOUND CHUTE HYDROELECTRIC GENERATING
  S TAT I O N W I L L A D D C L E A N R E N E W A B L E E L E C T R I C I T Y

                I'd like to invite and                                        has a mandate from the Government of
                encourage you to participate                                  Ontario to “expand, develop and/or improve
                in the environmental                                          its hydroelectric generation capacity” and
                assessment process that is                                    this project, will help do that. This can be
                part of Ontario Power                                         done without any changes to the existing
                Generation Inc.’s (OPG) plan                                  operating levels and flows as decribed in the
to bring more clean, renewable hydro power                                    Montreal River System Water Management
to Ontario. OPG is proposing to redevelop                                     Plan. Please take a few moments to read
the existing Hound Chute Generating                                           about this clean renewable energy project,
Station.     This is a run-of-the-river                                       and plan on attending our open house on
hydroelectric generating station located                                      Thursday April 20, 2006 at the Latchford
about 10 kilometers southeast of Latchford                                    Recreational Centre.       There are phone
on the Lower Montreal River.          When                                    numbers, and a web site listed below where
completed, the capacity of the new                                            you can learn more about the project.
generating station will increase from
approximately 3.6 to 10.2 megawatts. OPG
                                                                                             ED DOBROWOLSKI, Project Manager




 WHY REDEVELOP HOUND CHUTE?

There are several reasons why OPG wants to
redevelop the Hound Chute Generating
Station:

  •The generating station is over 90 years
   old and the powerhouse is at the end of
   its current service life and requires
   replacement. Ongoing maintenance of
   the generating station will not provide a
   long-term reliable solution.

  •Hound Chute Generating Station can
   continue to provide Ontario with a
   reliable, clean and renewable electricity.

  •There is an opportunity to increase the
   power produced at Hound Chute by
   using modern technology and without
   changing the current and approved
   operating regime.                                                                      HOUND CHUTE AND LOCATION




        This is an Ontario Power Generatio n Inc. public atio n distributed in the Latchford and Temiskaming Shores area.   ONTARIO
        Its purpose is to provide informatio n about the proposed redevelopment of the Hound Chute Generatin g Statio n.              GENERATION
                               ONTARIO POWER GENERATION NEWS
                                               NEWSLETTER #1, APRIL 2006 - PAGE 2


      OPG IS FOLLOWING THE                                                                   OPG IS SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS                                                              AS PART OF THE EA PROCESS

The project is subject to the requirements of                                       OPG is committed to consulting with First Nations,
Ontario Power Generation's Class Environmental                                      government agencies, the public and other
Assessment for Modifications to Hydroelectric                                       interested stakeholders on the project. This will be
Facilities under the Ontario Environmental                                          done through the environmental assessment
Assessment Act.      In addition, a number of                                       process. OPG wants to hear from people interested
environmental permits and approvals may be                                          in the project. Your input and comments will be
required including approvals from the Ministry of                                   considered, documented and included in the
the Environment and the Ministry of Natural                                         preparation of the environmental assessment
Resources. The environmental assessment will                                        report.
examine the effects of the projects on the:
                                                                                    To encourage public participation OPG will be
   •Aquatic Environment (water, fish and other                                      holding Public Open Houses in Latchford.
    aquatic life)                                                                   Stakeholders will have the opportunity to speak
   •Terrestrial Environment (adjacent trees,                                        directly with representatives of OPG and its
    vegetation and fauna)                                                           environmental consulting team.
   •Socio-Economic Environment (local economy,
    local social and economic uses)                                                 The first open house will be held at the
   •Archaeological and Built Heritage                                               Latchford Recreation Centre on Thursday
    (archaeological, building or structural resources)                              April 20, 2006 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A
   •Atmospheric Environment (air and noise)                                         presentation will be given at 6:45 pm.
                                                                                    Our plan is to hold a second open house in the fall of
Field work associated with assessing the                                            2006, when the environmental fieldwork has been
environmental effects will be carried out in 2006                                   completed.
and the results will be presented at a future open
house. The environmental assessment report
will also identify how any negative impacts will be                                   THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT WILL
mitigated. Federal authorities are also reviewing                                      COMPLY WITH THE MONTREAL RIVER
the project to determine whether a federal                                             SYSTEM WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN
environmental assessment is required.                                                           Wawaitin Generating Station
                                                                                            The existing Wawaitin Generating Montreal River
                                                                                    A Water Management Plan for theStation is a 10.4
                                                                                            megawatt facility located within the City of
                                                                                             has been developed and was the result of
                                                                                    SystemTimmins municipal boundaries, approximately 25 a
                                                                                    partnership between OPG, the Ontario Ministry of
                                                                                            kilometers southwest of the urban centre. The
            FOR MORE INFORMATION                                                             Resources, the generating station is planned
                                                                                    Natural proposed WawaitinDepartment of Public Works
                                                                                            to be located Services and Canadian Hydro
                                                                                    and Government adjacent to the existing powerhouse
                                                                                            and
                                                                                                  that have generating units with a total
                                                                                    Developers will have twofacilities along the river and
OPG has retained SENES Consultants Limited of                                               station capacity of 13.5 megawatts.
                                                                                    influence the river's levels and flows.                 The
Richmond Hill, Ontario to undertake the                                                                the redeveloped
                                                                                    operation ofFalls Generating Station Hound Chute
                                                                                            Sandy
environmental assessment.                For more                                           The megawatt Sandy in compliance with the
                                                                                    Generating3Station will be Falls generating station is
information on the Hound Chute Project or to be                                             located within the Timmins generating station
                                                                                    Water Management Plan. Themunicipal boundaries
put on our mailing list, please contact:                                                    approximately 10 kilometers northwest of the
                                                                                    will continue to operate as a run-of-the-river facility
                                                                                            urban centre.         The proposed Sandy Falls
                                                                                            managed so that there is no change to the
                                                                                    and be generating station is located immediately adjacent
ED DOBROWOLSKI                          PHIL SHANTZ
Project Manger                          Senior Planner                              water levels and flows. powerhouse and the new
                                                                                            to the existing
Ontario Power Generation                SENES Consultants Limited                               powerhouse will have one generating unit with a
700 University Avenue                   121 Granton Drive, Unit 12                              station capacity of 4.5 megawatts.
                                                                                    The Water Management Plan was prepared in
H18 C16                                 Richmond Hill, Ontario
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X6                L4B 3N4                                     accordance with the Water Management Planning
                                                                                            Lower Sturgeon Generating Station
Phone: (416)592-3266                    Phone: (905)764-9380                                The for Waterpower, Sturgeon generating
                                                                                    Guidelines 5.3 megawatt Loweras approved by the
                                                                                            station is located outside the on May 14, 2002.
                                                                                    Minister of Natural Resources municipal boundaries
email us at:                                                                                of Timmins and
                                                                                                             and River 48 kilometers north
                                                                                    The Ontario Lakes approximatelyImprovements Act
                                                                                            of the City.      The proposed Lower Sturgeon
info@houndchute-ea.com                                                                      generating station is planned to be with the
                                                                                    requires compliance by facility operators located
or visit the environmental assessment web site:                                             adjacent to the (required levels and flows)
                                                                                    operating regimes existing powerhouse and will have
www.houndchute-ea.com                                                                       two in the Water Management Plans and
                                                                                    establishedgenerating units with a station capacity of 10 a
                                                                                            MW.
                                                                                    compliance monitoring program has been
                                                                                    established.
                    This is an Ontario Power Generatio n Inc. public atio n distributed in the Latchford and Temiskaming Shores area.   ONTARIO
                    Its purpose is to provide informatio n about the proposed redevelopment of the Hound Chute Generatin g Statio n.              GENERATION

				
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