Joyce Lake Direct Shipping Iron Ore Project - Federal Funding Allocated to Participate in the Environmental Assessment

OTTAWA, July 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has allocated a total of $232,300 to five applicants to support their participation in the federal environmental assessment of the proposed Joyce Lake Direct Shipping Iron Ore Project located in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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 Report.

Details of Allocation

Applicant Allocation
Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach $50,000
Innu Nation $47,500
Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam $45,000
Conseil de la nation Innu de Matimekush-Lac John $50,000
NunatuKavut Community Council $39,800
Total $232,300

For more information on the Participant Funding Program, the federal environmental assessment process and the project, please visit the Agency's website at (Registry number: 80015).

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
Labec Century Iron Ore is proposing the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an open-pit iron mine located approximately 20 kilometres northeast of Schefferville in Newfoundland and Labrador. As proposed, the mine would produce up to four million tonnes of ore per year over a life span of up to seven years. The ore would be transported to the existing rail owned by Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. for transportation to the Port of Sept-Îles. The mine and mine infrastructure would consist of: an open pit, dewatering of Joyce Lake, waste rock disposal, tailings management, processing and support infrastructure, access and haulage roads, and a rail loop.

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: 

Sofie McCoy-Astell
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Telephone: 613-960-1519

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