Public Notice
Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project — Participant Funding Available

April 25, 2018 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is making funding available through its Participant Funding Program to assist the participation of the public and Indigenous groups in the environmental assessment of the proposed Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project, located in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Funding is available for eligible individuals and groups to assist their participation in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment, which include reviewing and providing comments on the Environmental Impact Statement or on the summary thereof, the draft Environmental Assessment Report, and the potential environmental assessment conditions.

Applications received by May 28, 2018 will be considered. Recipients and the amount of funding allocated will be announced at a later date.

To apply for funding, contact the Participant Funding Program by writing to PFP.PAFP@ceaa-acee.gc.ca, or by calling 1-866-582-1884. The application form is available on the Agency's website at canada.ca/ceaa under Participant funding.

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

More information on this project is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry website, 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 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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