OTTAWA, May 24, 2012 - The Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a
comprehensive study type of environmental assessment of the
proposed Dumont Nickel Mine Project located in Quebec. The public
is invited to comment on the project and the conduct of the
The public is also invited to comment on the draft Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines that identify potential
environmental effects to be addressed and information that needs to
be included in the proponent's EIS. Public comments received will
be reviewed and considered before the guidelines are finalized and
issued to the proponent.
The draft EIS Guidelines and more information on this project
are available on the Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (registry reference number
12-03-66976). The document is available in
paper copy by request.
The Agency is also making available $45,000 under its
Participant Funding Program to assist groups and individuals to
participate in activities related to subsequent public
consultations during this environmental assessment.
Public comments and funding applications received by June 26,
2012 will be considered.
This is the first of several public comment periods that will
occur during the environmental assessment of the project.
The project proposed by Royal Nickel Corporation consists of the
construction, operation and decommissioning of an open pit nickel
mine located approximately 25 km northwest of Amos, in Québec. The
proponent intends to extract ore during 19 years, to mill the
higher grade ore and temporarily stockpile the lower grade ore. At
the end of mining phase of the open pit, the lower grade ore
stockpiled will be used to feed the mill for another 12 more years,
which will give the project an estimated 31 years of operation.
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.