Unit 5 is a coal-fuelled, 105-megawatt electricity generating unit at Manitoba Hydro's Brandon Generating Station — located on the outskirts of Brandon, Manitoba. The current Environment Act Licence governing operation of Unit 5 has a requirement for review.
In 2006, a completed environmental impact statement (EIS) assessing the environmental effects and associated mitigation and monitoring requirements for future Unit 5 operation was submitted to Manitoba Conservation for their Environment Act Licence Review (EALR).
The EIS was reviewed in 2007 by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which is a provincial government body with membership from several government departments.
An update to the 2006 EIS was submitted to Manitoba Conservation in 2011. Volume 5 addresses the implications of the operating restrictions imposed by the 2008 Climate Change and Emissions Reduction Act and includes updated monitoring data to enhance the information submitted in the original EIS. This update concluded that the original assessments remain valid and applicable to the EIS.
The purpose of the EALR is to establish appropriate operating conditions and limits for the continued operation of Unit 5.
The EALR also provides Manitoba Hydro the opportunity to identify and implement voluntary environmental improvements.