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Akasaba West Copper-Gold Mine Project – Public Comments Invited

December 5, 2014 — 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 Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Akasaba West Copper-Gold Mine Project, located near Val-d'Or, Quebec. The Agency invites the public to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment.

The public can review and comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines, a document that identifies the potential environmental effects to be taken into consideration, and the information and analysis that needs to be included in the proponent's EIS.

Written comments must be submitted by January 12, 2015 to:

Akasaba West Copper-Gold Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
901-1550 d'Estimauville Avenue
Québec, Quebec G1J 0C1
Telephone: 418-649-6444
Fax: 418-649-6443
Akasaba@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Map depicting the location of the project, as described in the current document.

To view the draft EIS Guidelines or for more information, visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80090).

Copies of the draft EIS Guidelines are also available for viewing at the following locations:

  • Conseil de la Nation Anishnabe du Lac Simon
    Natural Resources Division
    1026 Cîcîp Boulevard
    Lac Simon, Quebec
     
  • Val-d'Or Library
    600 7e rue
    Val-d'Or, Quebec
     
  • Conseil de bande Kitcisakik
    5206 Kitcisakik
    Val d'Or, Quebec

Consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012, this is the second of four opportunities for the public to comment on this project. All comments received will be considered public.

Following this comment period, the Agency will finalize and issue the EIS Guidelines to the proponent. An application period for participant funding and a future public comment period on the proponent's EIS will be announced at later dates.

Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are 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 fines for non-compliance.

The Proposed Project

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited is proposing the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an open-pit copper and gold mine with an ore production capacity of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 tonnes per day for four to six years. The proposed project is located approximately 15 kilometers east of Val-d'Or, Quebec. The ore will be processed by the Goldex mine concentrator, which is currently in operation and is also located in Val-d'Or. Tailings from the proposed project will be used to restore the Manitou mine site, an old tailings facility of high environmental concern.

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