Joint review panel report on the proposed Kemess North Mine project has been submitted to government of Canada and government of BC



    OTTAWA and VICTORIA, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the British Columbia Environmental
Assessment Office (BC EAO) announced today that the report by the Joint Review
Panel on the proposed Kemess North Copper-Gold Mine project in BC was
submitted to the Minister of the Environment for Canada and the Minister of
Environment for British Columbia on September 17, 2007. The report was also
submitted to First Nations, to the proponent Northgate Minerals and made
available to the public.
    The Agency and the BC EAO wish to thank the Joint Panel for the report
and for conducting a rigorous and transparent environmental review of the
proposal.
    Both governments will now carefully consider the Joint Review Panel's
conclusions and recommendations. The Government of Canada, under the lead of
the federal responsible authorities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Transport
Canada and Natural Resources Canada, will prepare a response to the report and
submit it to the Governor in Council for approval. The response will then be
made public. The BC EAO will consider the Panel's report and prepare advice
for the Ministers of Environment and Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources for
decision on the project which will then be made public.
    Prior to making any decisions, both governments will undertake
consultations on the Panel's conclusions and recommendations with First
Nations, namely the Takla Lake, Tsay Keh Dene and Kwadacha First Nations and
the Gitxsan House of Nii Kyap.
    The Joint Panel's report is available on the web site of the BC EA Office
at www.eao.gov.bc.ca . An executive summary in both official languages, along
with further information on the project can be found on the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency's Web site at www.ceaa.gc.ca .

    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.

    The BC EAO administers the provincial environmental assessment process,
which identifies potential environmental, economic, social, heritage and
health effects of proposed projects.




For further information:

For further information: Media: Elise Dhaussy, Manager, Communications
Operations, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0406;   Kate
Thompson, Media Relations, BC Public Affairs Bureau, (250) 953-4577


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