Federal funding awarded for public participation in the environmental assessment of the Midwest uranium mine project

    OTTAWA, Oct. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency (the Agency) has awarded a total of $20,000 to support participation in
the environmental assessment of the proposed Midwest Uranium Mine project in
northern Saskatchewan. The recipients are the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and
the Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Co-operation (ICUCEC).
    A Participant Funding Review Committee, independent of the environmental
assessment process, was established to examine the request for funding
received for this project. All of the Committee's recommendations are
unanimous and are contained in their report. The report, along with further
information on the project, is available on the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Registry at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca , under registry number
    This funding is being provided to assist the recipients to participate in
the comprehensive study process and/or in the review of the comprehensive
study report to be submitted by the responsible authorities, namely the
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Transport
Canada and Natural Resources Canada. The funding is made available through the
Participant Funding Program administered by the Agency.
    The Midwest Project would involve the mining and milling of a uranium
deposit located 700 km north of Prince Albert, near the eastern margin of the
Athabasca basin. AREVA Resources Canada Inc. (formerly COGEMA) proposes to
extend the mining and milling activities at their McClean Lake Operation to
include the development of the Midwest ore deposit as an open pit mine. The
proposed project would also include the construction of a reverse osmosis
water treatment plant; the development of a dedicated haul road; the
development of a pipeline; and increasing the production capacity of the
JEB mill at the McClean Lake site.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Lucille Jamault, Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0434

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