OTTAWA, Jan. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - 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 Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency has determined that a federal environmental assessment is
required for the proposed Niobec Mine Expansion Project located north
of Saguenay in Quebec. The Agency invites the public to comment on
which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and
what should be examined during the environmental assessment.
The public can review and comment on the draft Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) Guidelines, a document that identifies the potential
environmental effects to be taken into consideration and the
information and analysis that needs to be included in the proponent's
Mine Niobec, the proponent, proposes to substantially increase ore
production at the Niobec mine, located in Saint-Honoré, in the Saguenay
region, by changing its underground mining method. This would increase
the ore production capacity from 2.2 to 10 million tonnes per year and
triple the annual production of ferroniobium. The proposed project
would have a 40-year life span and would include the construction of a
new industrial complex with facilities to handle the ore treatment and
the disposal of additional volume of tailings.
Written comments must be submitted by February 1, 2013 to:
Niobec Mine Expansion Project Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
901-1550, d'Estimauville Avenue
Québec QC G1J 0C1
To view the draft EIS Guidelines or for more information, visit the
Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca registry reference number 80011). All comments received will be considered public.
Copies of the draft EIS Guidelines are also available for viewing at the
1671 Ouiatchouan Street
3611 Martel Boul.
Chicoutimi Municipal Library
155 Racine Street East
Consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA
2012, this is the second of four opportunities for Canadians to comment
on this project. Following this comment period, the Agency will
finalize and issue the EIS Guidelines to the proponent. An application
period for participant funding and a future public comment period
related to the EIS will be announced later.
Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are 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
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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