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Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Kitsault Mine Project – Invitation to Comment and Open Houses – Additional Location

Avanti Kitsault Mine Ltd. (the Proponent) is proposing the construction and operation of the Kitsault Mine Project (the proposed Project), an open-pit molybdenum mine, located approximately 140 kilometres north of Prince Rupert, B.C., and south of the head of Alice Arm, B.C. The proposed annual ore production rate will be 40,000 to 50,000 tonnes per day over approximately a 15-year operation period.

The proposed Project is subject to review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Act and is undergoing a cooperative environmental assessment process.

Public Comment Period

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) are inviting public comments related to the Proponent's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) / Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate. The EIS / Application describes the proposed Project and provides an overview of the potential environmental, economic, social, heritage and health effects of all phases of the proposed Project.

To facilitate public participation, a summary of the EIS will be available in both official languages on the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (Registry reference number 10-03-57958). The complete EIS / Application, in the language in which it was produced, and additional information regarding the environmental assessment process will also be available online at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca and at www.eao.gov.bc.ca. These documents will be available once the public comment period begins on May 11, 2012.

Copies of the EIS / Application and of the summary of the EIS are available for viewing at these locations:

  • Prince Rupert Public Library
    101-6th Ave West
    Prince Rupert, B.C.
  • Terrace Public Library
    4610 Park Ave
    Terrace, B.C.

The public has 30 days to submit comments, from May 11 to June 11, 2012. All comments received during the comment period will be considered. The Agency accepts comments in English or in French. Comments need only be submitted once to either the Agency or EAO to be considered for both assessments.

The Agency and EAO accept public comments submitted by any of the following means:

By Online Form: www.eao.gov.bc.ca
By Email: kitsault@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
By Fax: 250-356-6448
By Mail:
Sherwin Shih, Project Manager
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410–701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver B.C. V7Y 1C6

Or

Chris Hamilton, Executive Project Director
Environmental Assessment Office
P.O. Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria B.C. V8W 9V1

Open Houses (additional location)

Open houses will also be held during the comment period:

  • Wednesday May 23, 2012
    From 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Best Western Inn
    4553 Greig Avenue
    Terrace, B.C.
  • Monday June 4, 2012
    From 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Gitmidiik Auditorium
    5216 Tait Avenue
    Gitlaxt'aamiks (New Aiyansh), B.C.

Information on the proposed Project and the EIS / Application will be available for viewing and interested individuals will be able to speak with various environmental assessment representatives and technical experts.

Next Steps

The Agency and EAO will consider public comments along with the information in the EIS / Application in preparing their respective environmental assessment reports.

The environmental assessment for the proposed Project will also include one last federal public comment period, which will be advertised at a later date.

NOTE: All submissions received by the Agency and the EAO during the comment period in relation to the proposed Project are considered public. They will be posted to the EAO website and will become part of the Agency project file.

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