New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project - Review Panel - Availability of Participant Funding

OTTAWA, Nov. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making available $110,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to participate in the environmental assessment of the proposed New Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine Project in British Columbia.

The federal Minister of the Environment has referred the project to an environmental review by an independent federal panel.

Funding will help successful applicants to participate in the upcoming steps of the review panel process, including reviewing and commenting on the draft guidelines for the environmental impact statement (EIS), the panel terms of reference and the EIS, and to participate in public hearings.

A funding review committee, independent of the review panel process, will consider all applications and make recommendations on funding awards.  Applications received by the Agency by December 19, 2011 will be considered.

Information on the Participant Funding Program is available at .  To submit an application or to obtain more information on the program, contact:

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Celine Leroux, Participant Funding Program
160 Elgin St., 22nd floor, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 1-866-582-1884 or 613-957-0596 / Fax: 613-948-9172

To obtain more information on this project review, consult the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at , reference # 11-05-63928.  To be kept informed of review activities, provide a mailing or e-mail address to:

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Livain Michaud, Project Manager
160 Elgin Street, 22nd floor, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 1-866-582-1884 / Fax: 613-957-0941

The proposed project consists of an open pit mine development and a 70,000 tonne per day concentrator facility with an average annual production of 108 million pounds of copper and 247 thousand ounces of gold production over a 20 year mine life. The project mine site, which includes the open pit, concentrator facility, support infrastructure, and associated tailings and waste rock areas, is approximately 125 km southwest of Williams Lake, British Columbia. The Project also includes an approximately 125 km long power transmission line corridor, an existing concentrate load-out facility at Macalister, BC, and existing access from Williams Lake with construction of 2.8 km of new mine road.

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

For further information:

Media may contact:

Lucille Jamault
Manager, Communications
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Tel.: 613-957-0434


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