OTTAWA, Dec. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency is making available $91,800 to support public participation in
the federal environmental assessment of the Côte-Nord Mining Railway
Project in Québec.
This funding will support 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.
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 80006) or contact the Participant Funding Program by writing to PFP.PAFP@ceaa-acee.gc.ca or by calling 1-866-582-1884.
Applications received by January 28, 2013 will be considered. Funding recipients will be announced later.
As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible
Resource Development Initiative, the Agency is conducting a federal
environmental assessment of this project.
Côte-Nord Mining Railway Company Inc. is proposing the construction and
operation of a railway network in the Côte-Nord and Labrador regions.
The railway right-of-way (ROW) will extend between Sept-Îles in Quebec
and Wabush/Labrador City area in Labrador, where the ROW will join the
Tshiuetin Railway. The project would include handling and storage
facilities located at the Port of Sept-Îles in Pointe-Noire. The ore
will be transported daily on an up to 550 km railway in trains
containing up to 250 cars and five locomotives. Administrative
buildings and railway maintenance facility and equipment are also
planned in Pointe-Noire. The construction phase of the project should
begin in early 2014 and is believed to require between one year and a
half to three years. The operation phase is expected to be progressive,
starting in 2016.
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 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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