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Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment and Substitution Decision

Ottawa – May 31, 2013 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) has commenced an environmental assessment pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) for the Arctos Anthracite Project proposed by Arctos Anthracite Joint Venture. For this project, the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, has granted substitution of the environmental assessment to British Columbia (B.C.).

Having taken into consideration comments received and its approach to undertaking the substituted environmental assessment as set out in the Memorandum of Understanding between the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office on the Substitution of Environmental Assessments (2013), the Minister is satisfied that conditions identified below will be met and that the B.C. environmental assessment process is an appropriate substitute. The Minister approves the substitution request given that B.C. has committed to meeting the following conditions:

  • The designated project to be assessed is the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open-pit anthracite coal mine and any incidental physical activities, including construction of the rail line from the mine site to Minaret, B.C.;
  • the substituted process will include a consideration of the factors set out in subsection 19(1) of CEAA 2012;
  • B.C. will ensure that any Orders under sections 11, 13 and 14 or 15 of B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Act require the subsection 19(1) factors;
  • the public will be given an opportunity to participate in the environmental assessment;
  • the public will have access to records in relation to the environmental assessment to enable their meaningful participation;
  • at the end of the environmental assessment, B.C. will submit a report to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency that includes the findings and conclusions of the environmental assessment with respect to the factors as set out in subsection 19(1) of CEAA 2012; and
  • the report will be made available to the public.

The Minister has also established the following additional conditions for this project:

  • B.C. will involve expert federal authorities in the B.C. process;
  • B.C. will provide the environmental assessment report to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency within a time frame that will enable the Minister to make decisions under subsection 52(1) of CEAA 2012 within the time limits set out in CEAA 2012;
  • B.C. will conduct procedural aspects of Aboriginal consultation in accordance with the process set out in the Memorandum of Understanding; and
  • B.C. will make available to Aboriginal groups funding provided by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to support Aboriginal consultation during the substituted environmental assessment.

For further information on this environmental assessment, please contact:

Arctos Anthracite Project
B.C. Environmental Assessment Office
Karen Christie, Executive Project Director
1-836 Yates Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W 1L8
Telephone: 250-387-9675
Fax: 250-356-6448
Karen.L.Christie@gov.bc.ca

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