OTTAWA, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
has allocated a total of $47,067.70 to four applicants to support their
participation in the federal environmental assessment of the proposed
Niobec Mine Expansion Project located in Quebec.
This funding was made available to the public and Aboriginal groups
through the Participant Funding Program administered by the Agency. It
will enable participation in upcoming steps of the environmental
assessment such as consultation related to the Environmental Impact
Statement and consultation on the draft Environmental Assessment
Details of Allocation
Conseil régional de l'environnement et du développement durable du
Organisme de bassin versant du Saguenay
Société pour vaincre la pollution
For more information on the Participant Funding Program, the federal
environmental assessment process and the project, please visit the
Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (Registry number: 80011).
As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource
Development Initiative, the Agency is conducting a federal
environmental assessment of this project.
This project is being assessed using a science-based approach. If it 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 Proposed Project
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.
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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