News Release
Whabouchi Mining Project – Federal Funding Allocated to Participate in the Environmental Assessment

OTTAWA, May 3, 2013 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has allocated a total of $46,028 to two applicants to support their participation in the federal environmental assessment of the proposed Whabouchi Mining Project located in Quebec.

This funding was made available to the public and Aboriginal groups through the Participant Funding Program administered by the Agency. It will enable participation in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment such as consultation related to the Environmental Impact Statement and consultation on the draft Environmental Assessment Report.

Details of Allocation
Applicant Allocation
Cree Nation of Nemaska $35,828
Société pour vaincre la pollution $10,200
Total $46,028

For more information on the Participant Funding Program, the federal environmental assessment process and the project, please visit the Agency's website (Registry number: 80021).

As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 put in place to support the government's Responsible Resource Development Initiative, the Agency is conducting a federal environmental assessment of this project.

This project is being assessed using a science-based approach. If it 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 increased fines.

The Proposed Project

Nemaska Lithium inc. is proposing the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open-pit spodumene mine for the production of lithium. The Whabouchi mine is located 30 kilometres from Nemiscau, and 280 kilometres north of Chibougamau. As proposed, the project includes the operation of an open pit, waste and tailings impoundment area, a concentrator of ore as well as administration buildings and maintenance. The mine would produce about 3,000 tonnes of ore for 23-year life span.

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.


For more information, media may contact:
Céline Legault
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Telephone: 613-957-0278

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