Reminder: EIA draft guidelines available for proposed open pit mine (09/01/27)

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Jan. 27, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Draft guidelines for a comprehensive environmental impact assessment (EIA) on a proposal by Geodex Minerals Ltd. to build and run an open pit molybdenum and tungsten mine are available until Friday, Jan. 30, for public comment.

"Public consultation is an important component of the EIA process," Environment Minister Roland Haché said. "I urge New Brunswickers to be a participant in this public consultation exercise."

The EIA regulation of the Clean Environment Act gives the public 30 days to forward written comments on draft EIA guidelines. Public comments are considered in the preparation of the final guidelines, which are then issued to the proponent.

Under the regulation, the minister must issue final guidelines to the proponent and make copies available to the public within 60 days of releasing the draft version. The proponent is then responsible for carrying out the study, based on the guidelines, and submitting an EIA report to the minister.

This EIA will examine the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the Geodex Ltd. project, related facilities and infrastructure.

The draft guideline documents are available online and at the following locations:

Written comments should be mailed on or before Friday, Jan. 30, in care of the Manager, Project Assessment Section, Department of Environment, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1; by fax, 506-453-2627; by telephone: 506-444-5382; or by e-mail EIA-EIE@gnb.ca.

Geodex Minerals Ltd. proposes to build a mine near Napadogan, York County. The project was registered on Sept. 5, 2008.

The project would include the development, operation and ultimate reclamation of an open pit molybdenum and tungsten mine with an on-site ore processing facility to produce mineral concentrates. The plant would produce 20,000 tonnes of ore per day, operate 343 days per year, and employ about 300.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, communications, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.