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NYPA'S FLYNN HAILS QUEBEC PACT BETWEEN GOVERNMENTS, NATIVES

 NYPA'S FLYNN HAILS QUEBEC PACT BETWEEN GOVERNMENTS, NATIVES
 NEW YORK, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- New York Power Authority Chairman Richard M. Flynn Friday termed an agreement to coordinate environmental review of Quebec's Great Whale hydroelectric project "a major step toward insuring that environmental issues are fully addressed under Canadian federal and provincial procedures."
 The agreement was signed early Friday by representatives of the Canadian and Quebec governments and of the Cree and Inuit peoples who live in the region of the proposed project. Hydro-Quebec, which plans to build the project, agreed separately to provide funding to the Cree and Inuit to enable them to participate in the review.
 "This demonstrates that the process in Canada works," Flynn said, "and that the project will be reviewed in line with appropriate Canadian procedures, with full participation by the interested parties. The fact that all concerned have agreed to work together is extremely encouraging."
 Flynn has told Hydro-Quebec that the Power Authority would not buy any of its power unless projects advanced to meet the export commitments were subject to thorough environmental review. Last August, he negotiated an 11-month extension, through this Nov. 30, in the deadline for a final decision on a pending contract for Power Authority purchase of 1 million kilowatts. The delay will provide additional time for the environmental review in Canada, as well as an analysis of the contract's economic benefits to New York in light of changed power supply conditions.
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 /CONTACT: Stephen Shoenholz of New York Power Authority, 212-468-6313 or at home, 201-568-7565/ CO: New York Power Authority ST: New York, Quebec IN: UTI SU:


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