OTTAWA, July 29, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced that the proposed Dumont Nickel Mine Project (the Project), located in Quebec, is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when the mitigation measures described in the Comprehensive Study Report are taken into account. The Project has been referred back to the responsible authorities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Natural Resources Canada, for appropriate action under section 37 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (former Act).
In reaching her decision, the Minister considered the Comprehensive Study Report and the comments received from the public and Aboriginal groups on the report.
This project was assessed using a science-based approach in accordance with the former Act.
- Royal Nickel Corporation is proposing the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open pit nickel mine located 25 kilometers northwest of Amos, Quebec. The mine, including an ore processing facility, would be in operation for 33 years. The facility will have an initial capacity of 52,500 tonnes per day, but will reach 105,000 tonnes per day by the fifth year of mining operations.
- A copy of the Minister of the Environment's Environmental Assessment Decision Statement as well as more information on this project are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry website, reference number 66976.
- 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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