For Release: June 1, 1999

IJC increases time for public hearing on Orders for Rainy and Namakan Lakes

Please note that the International Joint Commission (IJC) has changed the schedule for its previously announced public hearing due to the high level of interest in the issue. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment on the review of the IJC's Orders for Rainy and Namakan Lakes prior to deciding on whether to amend the Orders.

The public hearing will be held at the following time and place:

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 7, 1999

La Place Rendez-Vous Hotel
1201 Idylwild Dr.
Fort Frances, Ontario

Written comments may also be submitted by July 30, 1999 to either of the following addresses:

Secretary, Canadian Section
100 Metcalfe Street, 18th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5M1
Fax 613.993.5583
Secretary, United States Section
1250 23rd Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20440
Fax 202.736.9015

The International Joint Commission is an independent international organization established under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. Three members are appointed by the President of the United States and three by the Canadian Governor General in Council. The IJC's Orders for Rainy and Namakan Lakes were issued pursuant to the 1938 Rainy Lake Convention.

Contacts: Washington, D.C. Frank Bevacqua 202.736.9024
Ottawa, ON Fabien Lengellé 613.995.0088

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