OTTAWA, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency is making available funding to support the participation of the
public and Aboriginal groups in the federal environmental assessment of
the Hopes Advance Iron Mining Project located in Quebec.
Funding will be provided to 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 June 21, 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 80008) 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
Oceanic Iron Ore Corporation is proposing the construction, operation
and decommissioning of an open iron ore mine near Aupaluk, in Nunavik.
The proponent estimates that the mine will generate from 10 to 20
million tonnes of iron ore concentrate product per year over a planned
operation period of 48 years with a daily average extraction rate of
72,000 to 144,000 tonnes. The ore would be concentrated by a process
based on gravity separation. For the shipment of the iron ore to
European and Asian markets, the proponent is proposing to construct a
marine terminal consisting of a 330 meter loading wharf, a tug moorage
area, a commercial wharf and a causeway. The concentrate would then be
pumped to the marine terminal through a 26 kilometre-long pipeline for
shipping. The proponent may opt for a 190 megawatt thermal generating
station as an energy source for his operations. Based on the
proponent's tentative timelines, production would start in 2016.
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
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