OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister
of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced the approval
of the Avalon Rare Metals Inc. Nechalacho Rare Earth Element Project
based on the recommendation of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board.
"Our Government is committed to ensuring that Northerners have access to
the same economic opportunities as all Canadians," said Minister
Valcourt. "The Avalon Rare Metals Inc. Nechalacho Project represents a
tremendous economic opportunity for the Northwest Territories and will
lead to jobs and benefits for Northerners."
The Project now moves into the regulatory phase, led by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB).
The Avalon Rare Metals Inc. Nechalacho Project is a proposed underground
rare earth element mine and processing facility located in the
south-east region of the Northwest Territories with an expected 20-year
The proposed development includes an underground mine, a flotation
plant, an 8 km road, a tailings management facility at Thor Lake, barge
docking facilities on Great Slave Lake, and a hydrometallurgical
processing plant at the former Pine Point mine area. Avalon proposes to
ship concentrate by barge across Great Slave Lake to the
The project was approved by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development, with concurrence from responsible Ministers for
this project, including the Ministers of Environment and Transport, and
the Government of the Northwest Territories.
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SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
Development Canada Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
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