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

January 15, 2018 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project, located in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment, as detailed in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines.

All comments received will be considered public. Written comments in either official language must be submitted by February 14, 2018 to:

Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564
Email: CEAA.Foxtrot.ACEE@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 at canada.ca/ceaa (Registry reference number 80143).

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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 life of 14 years; the first eight of which would be open pit mining while the last six years would be underground mining. During the open pit operations, mining would 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 would run 12 months of the year at a rate of 1000 tonnes per day. The project would include an open pit, an underground mine, a waste dump, a low-grade stockpile, run-of-mine stockpile, a dry stack tailings facility, a polishing pond, an access road, a central ore processing plant, transmission lines (12 kilometres in length), an effluent drainage pipe, chemical storage tanks for processing agents (hydrochloric acid, sulphuric acid, and magnesium carbonate), a sulphuric acid pipeline, and a variety of administrative and accommodation buildings.

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