OTTAWA, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency is making available $40,800 to support public participation in
the federal environmental assessment of the Niobec Mine Expansion
Project located in Québec.
Funding will be provided to eligible individuals and groups to enable
their participation in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment
such as consultation related to the Environmental Impact Statement and
consultation on the draft Environmental Assessment Report.
To apply for funding or for more information on the project and the
environmental assessment process, visit the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number 80011) or contact the Participant Funding Program by writing to PFP.PAFP@ceaa-acee.gc.ca or by calling 1-866-582-1884.
Applications received by April 5, 2013 will be considered. Funding recipients will be announced at a later date.
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.
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 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 fines.
SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
For further information:
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency