Griffith Iron Ore Redevelopment Project - Federal Funding Available

OTTAWA, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making available funding to support participation of the public and Aboriginal groups in the federal environmental assessment of the Griffith Iron Ore Redevelopment Project located in Ontario.

Funding is available for eligible individuals and groups to enable their participation in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment such as consultation related to the Environmental Impact Statement and consultation on the draft Environmental Assessment Report.

Applications received by August 1, 2013 will be considered. Recipients and the amount of funding allocated will be announced at a later date.

To apply for funding or for more information on the project and the environmental assessment process, visit the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca registry reference number 80035 or contact the Participant Funding Program by writing to PFP.PAFP@ceaa-acee.gc.ca or by calling 1-866-582-1884.

As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Agency is conducting a federal environmental assessment of this project.

This project is being assessed using a science-based approach. If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it will continue to be subject to Canada's strong environmental laws, rigorous enforcement and follow-up and increased fines.

The proposed project
Northern Iron Corp. proposes the redevelopment of the former Griffith Mine within the Township of Ear Falls in northwestern Ontario. The project would involve the construction, operation, closure and remediation of a past-producing open-pit iron ore mine. The proposed project would produce approximately 16,000 tonnes of ore per day, with a mine life of approximately 20 years. The iron ore would be milled on-site to produce slightly more than 4,000 tonnes per day of hot briquetted iron.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of sustainable development.

SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

For further information:

media may contact: 
Sofie McCoy-Astell
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Telephone: 613-960-1519
E-mail: Sofie.McCoy-Astell@ceaa-acee.gc.ca


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