News Release
Public Comments Invited — Whabouchi Mining Project

May 6, 2015 — Ottawa — Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

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) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Whabouchi Mining Project, located 30 kilometres from Nemiscau and 280 kilometres north-northwest of Chibougamau in Quebec.

The Agency invites the public to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report, a document that includes the Agency's conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project, the proposed mitigation measures, the significance of any remaining adverse environmental effects, and the follow-up program.

The Agency also invites the public to comment on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project. These potential conditions would become legally binding on the proponent if the Minister of the Environment ultimately issues a decision statement indicating that the project may proceed.

Consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012, this is the last of four opportunities for the public to comment on this project. All comments received will be considered public. Written comments must be submitted by June 5, 2015 to:

Whabouchi Mining Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
901-1550 d'Estimauville Avenue
Québec, QC  G1J 0C1
Telephone: 418-649-6444
Fax: 418-649-6443
MinierWhabouchiMining@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

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.

Quick Facts

  • The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is seeking public comments on the draft Environmental Assessment Report on the proposed Whabouchi Mining Project, located 30 kilometres from Nemiscau and 280 kilometres north-northwest of Chibougamau in Quebec, and on the potential environmental assessment conditions that would become legally binding on the proponent if the Minister of the Environment ultimately issues a decision statement indicating that the project may proceed.
  • The draft Environmental Assessment Report, the potential environmental assessment conditions, and more information on this project are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry website, reference number 80021.
  • Following this final comment period, the Environmental Assessment Report will be finalized and the Minister of the Environment will issue an environmental assessment decision statement indicating whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, and identifying the conditions that the proponent must meet with respect to mitigation and follow-up requirements in the event that the project is permitted to proceed.
  • 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.

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Contacts

Ted Laking
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Mathieu Saintonge
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
613-957-0493
mathieu.saintonge@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

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