Foxtrot Rare Earth Element Mine Project

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

Reference number: 80143
Federal Responsible Authority: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Proponent: Search Minerals Inc.
Environmental Assessment Commenced: 2018-01-15
Environmental Assessment Type: Environmental Assessment by Responsible Authority
Status: Environmental assessment in progress

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.

About the Proposal

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

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