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Canadian environmental agency seeks public input on study for potash terminal, rail loop at B.C. port


The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is soliciting public comments on an environmental assessment of a proposed potash terminal and associated rail infrastructure on Ridley Island at the Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Comments are due by Sept. 30.

The environmental study is in its early stages, according to the agency. The comment solicitation is the first of three public participation periods that will occur during the project's environmental assessment, CEAA officials said in a prepared statement.

Canpotex Terminals Ltd. and the Prince Rupert Port Authority plan to develop and operate a potash export terminal — including a rail-car unloading and conveyor system — on Ridley Island. A proposed rail loop would include up to 14 inbound and 11 outbound tracks. Other rail, highway and utility infrastructure would include three inbound and two outbound tracks for a Canpotex terminal, an access road with a rail overpass and underpass, and a rail land bridge and culverts.

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