DAILY NEWS Jan 2, 2013 11:43 AM - 0 comments

Quebec Rose Mining Project gets EA funding


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By: HazMat Staff
JANUARY 2, 2013 2013-01-02

Critical Elements Corporation is proposing the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open pit tantalum and lithium mine located approximately 38 kilometres north of Nemiscau in Quebec.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making $30,600 available to support public participation in the federal environmental assessment of the Rose Mining Project.

As proposed by Critical Elements, the project includes the operation of an open pit, possibly followed by underground mining, waste and tailings impoundment area, an industrial ore processing facility and the option of transforming concentrate off-site. The mine would produce about 4,500 tonnes of ore per day over a 17-year life span.

The agency funding will support 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.

To apply for funding or for more information on the project and the environmental assessment process, visit the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca registry reference number 80005) or contact the Participant Funding Program by writing to [email protected] or by calling 1-866-582-1884.

Applications received by January 28, 2013 will be considered. Funding recipients will be announced later.

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 Agency is conducting a federal environmental assessment of this project.

This project is being 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.