Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine 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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Latest update

May 29, 2018 - The participant funding application period is closed. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is reviewing the applications to determine funding allocations.

March 2, 2018 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued the final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines to the proponent for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
10 Final Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines PDF (453 KB) March 2, 2018
6 Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment - January 15, 2018
5 Notice of Environmental Assessment Determination - January 15, 2018
3 Summary of a Project Description of a Designated Project PDF (7.1 MB) November 20, 2017

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Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564
Fax: 902-426-6550

  • Location

    • 10 kilometres west of St. Lewis (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Mines and Minerals
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Search Minerals Inc.
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Environmental assessment under CEAA 2012
  • Reference Number

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