Victor Diamond Mine Extension Project - Public Comments Invited

OTTAWA, June 4, 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 commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Victor Diamond Mine Extension Project located in Ontario. 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 EIS.

De Beers Canada Incorporated proposes the construction, operation and decommissioning of a second pit and additional ancillary components, approximately 6.5 kilometres northwest of the existing Victor Diamond Mine, located approximately 100 kilometres west of the Attawapiskat First Nation. The second pit is expected to have a production capacity of just over 9,000 tonnes per day with a mine life of roughly seven years.

Written comments must be submitted by July 4, 2013 to:

Victor Diamond Mine Extension Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 907-55 St. Clair Avenue East
Toronto, ON M4T 1M2
Telephone: 416-952-1576
Fax: 416-952-1573
ExtensionVictorExtension@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

To view the draft EIS Guidelines or for more information, visit the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca registry reference number 80043). All comments received will be considered public.

Copies of the draft EIS Guidelines are also available for viewing at the following locations:

Timmins Public Library
320 Second Avenue
Timmins, ON
Cochrane Public Library
178 Fourth Avenue
Cochrane, ON

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 fines.

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:

For more information, media may contact: 
Sofie McCoy-Astell
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Telephone: 613-960-1519
E-mail: Sofie.McCoy-Astell@ceaa-acee.gc.ca


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