September 20, 2007
I am writing to provide Public Works and Government Services Canada's response to your petition no. 202 dated May 3, 2007, submitted to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, regarding the environmental damage and remediation at former federal Cape Breton Development Corporation (Devco) mine sites. Your petition was received by the department on May 28, 2007.
In addition to my department, the departments of the Environment, Natural Resources and Fisheries and Oceans have been asked by the Commissioner to respond to the questions that fall under their respective mandate.
Your petition raises some important questions with regard to the Prince Mine and other Devco sites in Nova Scotia. Question 9 is of particular interest, as it makes reference to the Prince Mine Baseline Environmental Assessment my department managed on behalf of the Corporation. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify my department's involvement with respect to this assessment.
In 2004, Devco retained the services of Public Works and Government Services Canada to manage the Prince Mine Baseline Environmental Assessment and in this role, my department contracted an outside firm to conduct the work. The resultant report was provided to Devco, and I have been advised that the Minister of Natural Resources, who is responsible for the Corporation, will be responding to all of your questions, with the exception of question 8, which falls within the mandates of the Ministers of the Environment and Fisheries and Oceans.
I appreciate your interest in these important matters, and I trust that you will find this information useful.
Michael M. Fortier
c.c.: Ronald C. Thompson, FCA
Interim Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development