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August 7, 1998
(Mines and Energy)

The following is being distributed at the request of the Labrador Hydro Project, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro:

Muskrat Falls seismic testing

The Labrador Hydro Project team would like to advise the public that due to seismic testing, public access at Muskrat Falls will be restricted on August 10 and 11. Restricted access will encompass a one kilometre radius of the falls during the testing program.

The seismic testing will be performed in order to determine the stability of the bedrock which is underwater at Muskrat Falls. Testing will involve the detonation of small underwater charges across the Churchill River at the Muskrat Falls site. With the exception of noise, which is expected to reach 200 decibels (db), no major disturbance in the area is expected. These charges will not affect the structure of the falls.

The testing program will be closely monitored by the Labrador Hydro Project Environmental Management team, the Innu Nation and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Testing is part of the Muskrat Falls Engineering Feasibility Study being performed by the joint venture of SNC-Lavalin Inc. and AGRA Monenco Inc. SNC-Lavalin Inc. and AGRA Monenco Inc. are Canada's two largest engineering contractors with established offices in the province. The awarding of the Muskrat Falls engineering study was announced by Premier Tobin on June 25.

Contact: Labrador Hydro Project, (709) 737-1823.

1998 08 07 3:40 p.m.

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