Midwest Uranium Mine Project Environmental Assessment to Continue as a Comprehensive Study

    OTTAWA, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency, has determined that the Comprehensive Study currently underway is the
most appropriate type of environmental assessment for the proposed Midwest
Uranium Mine Project in northern Saskatchewan.
    The Minister based his decision on a report and recommendation submitted
by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Fisheries and Oceans Canada,
Transport Canada and Natural Resources Canada, the responsible authorities for
the project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The report
contains information on the scope of the proposed project, the factors to be
considered in the environmental assessment, public concerns submitted to
authorities, the potential of the project to cause adverse environmental
effects and the ability of the comprehensive study to address issues relating
to the project.

    To obtain a copy of the report, contact:

    Michael Rinker, Environmental Assessment Specialist
    Environmental Assessment Division
    Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
    280 Slater Street / PO Box 1046, Station B
    Ottawa, ON K1P 5S9
    Tel.: (613) 995-7413 / Fax: (613) 995-5086

    The responsible authorities will now continue the Comprehensive Study and
will provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the
environmental assessment. The responsible authorities will submit their report
to the Minister of the Environment and at that time, the public will have an
opportunity to comment on the findings and recommendations of the report
before the Minister renders his final decision.
    The proposed project is also subject to environmental assessment
requirements of the Province of Saskatchewan. Under the terms of the
Canada-Saskatchewan Agreement on Environmental Assessment Cooperation (2005),
a cooperative environmental assessment will be conducted.
    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.

    For more information on this project, consult the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Registry, under reference number 06-03-17519.

    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: media may call: Lucille Jamault, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0434, lucille.jamault@ceaa.gc.ca

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