Public Notice
Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project — Public Comments Invited

December 1, 2017 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project located in Newfoundland and Labrador.

To help inform this decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public and Indigenous groups on the project and its potential effects on the environment, as described in the summary of the project description.

Written comments in either official language must be submitted by December 21, 2017 to:

Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564

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

All comments received will be considered public. For more information on the Agency's privacy policies, consult the Privacy Notice on its web site at

To view a summary of the project description or for more information, visit the Agency's website at (Registry reference number 80143).

The Proposed Project

Search Minerals Inc. is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning and abandonment of a new rare earth element mine located 36 kilometres southeast of Port Hope Simpson and 10 kilometres west of St. Lewis, Newfoundland and Labrador. As proposed, the Foxtrot mine would have an estimated mine life of 14 years; the first eight of which will be open pit mining while the last six years will be underground mining. During the open pit operations, mining will be for 6 months of the year (May to October), at a rate of 2000 tonnes per day. The underground phase of the mining project will run 12 months of the year at a rate of 1000 tonnes per day. The project would include an open pit, a waste dump, a low-grade stockpile, a dry stack tailings facility, a polishing pond, sedimentation pond, an access road, a central ore processing plant, and a variety of administrative and accommodative buildings.

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