Eagle's Nest Project - Public Comments Invited and Federal Funding Available

OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is starting a comprehensive study type of environmental assessment for the proposed Eagle's Nest Project located in northern Ontario. The Agency invites the public to comment on the project and the conduct of the comprehensive study.

The Agency has prepared the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines that identify potential environmental effects to be addressed and information that needs to be included in the proponent's EIS. Public comments on the draft EIS Guidelines are invited and will be reviewed and considered before the document is finalized and issued to the proponent.

The draft EIS Guidelines and more information on this project are available on the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number 11-03-63925). The document is available in paper copy by request as well.

All comments received by December 16, 2011 will be considered.

The Agency is also making available $40,000 under its Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to participate in the federal environmental assessment of this project. Funding applications received by December 16, 2011 will be considered.

This is the first of several public comment periods that will occur during the environmental assessment of the project.

The proposed project consists of constructing, operating and eventually decommissioning an underground nickel-copper-platinum multi-metal mine at a mining rate of approximately 2,960 tonnes per day which represents an anticipated mine life of approximately 11 years. The proposal also includes an underground concentrate processing facility, an all-season access road from Pickle Lake to Webequie Junction, a concentrate pipeline from Webequie Junction to the mine site and an ancillary mine infrastructure.

This project is also subject to the environmental assessment requirements of the province of Ontario. Canada and Ontario are coordinating the respective environmental assessment processes for the proposed project.

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: 

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Céline Legault
Communications Advisor
Tel.: 613-957-0278

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