News Release
Dumont Nickel Mine Project – Public Comments Invited

OTTAWA, May 21, 2013 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is conducting a comprehensive study type environmental assessment of the proposed Dumont Nickel Mine Project located in Quebec. The Agency invites the public to comment on the potential environmental effects of the project and the proposed measures to prevent or mitigate those effects as described in a summary of the proponent's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The project consists of the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open-pit nickel mine located approximately 25 kilometres northwest of the city of Amos, Quebec. Over an anticipated mine life of 31 years, the proponent intends to extract ore over a period of 19 years, to mill the higher-grade ore, and temporarily stockpile the lower-grade ore. At the end of the open-pit mining phase, the stockpiled lower-grade ore will be used to feed the mill for an additional 12 years. The ore treatment facility will have an initial capacity of 50,000 tonnes per day, which will be increased to 100,000 tonnes per day after the fifth year of mining operations. The project includes other related activities, such as the construction of access roads, an 8-kilometre railroad link, and the diversion of tributaries of the Villemontel River.

Written comments must be submitted by June 20, 2013 to:

Dumont Nickel Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
901-1550 D'Estimauville Avenue
Québec, QC G1J 0C1
Telephone: 418-649-6444
Fax: 418-649-6443

To view the summary of the EIS or for more information, visit the Agency's website(registry reference number 66976). All comments received will be considered public.

This project is being assessed using a science-based approach under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Following this comment period, the Agency will prepare a comprehensive study report, setting out its conclusions on the environmental effects, the proposed mitigation measures, and the significance of any remaining adverse environmental effects. A public comment period on the Comprehensive Study Report will be announced later.

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.


Media may contact:
Céline Legault
Communications Advisor
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Telephone: 613-957-0278

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