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Province green-lights Rio Tinto Alcan wharf extension

The BC Government has given the go-ahead for Rio Tinto Alcan’s wharf extension in Kitimat.

Environment Minister Mary Polak and Transportation Minister Todd Stone have issued an environmental assessment certificate for the Terminal A Extension.

The $250 million project will see the existing Terminal A wharf extended by up to 250 metres to accommodate bulk carriers and will also include barge ramp, and tug dock, and laydown area.

The estimated three-year construction will see dredging of up to 585,000 cubic metres of material which the province says could increase contaminants in marine foods.

There are twelve conditions included in the environmental assessment certificate, including the monitoring of water quality from dredging and avoiding or mitigating impacts to fish and fish habitat.

The Terminal A extension was sought after Rio Tinto Alcan entered into an agreement with LNG Canada so use its Terminal B facility for LNG shipping.

The wharf extension still requires a number of federal and provincial authorizations to proceed.

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