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Prosperity participant funding announced; guidelines available for comment

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced Monday it has awarded a total of $91,000 to seven applicants to support their participation in the environmental review of the New Prosperity mine project.

The funding recipients are Federico G. Osorio, Friends of Nemaiah Valley, MiningWatch Canada, the Share the Cariboo-Chilcotin Resources Society, the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Club British Columbia, and the Environmental Mining Education Foundation.

The funding is provided to help recipients prepare for and participate in the upcoming steps of the review process, including reviewing and commenting on the draft EIS guidelines and panel terms of reference, the EIS and participating in public hearings.

A committee independent of the review process assessed the applications and made recommendations on funding awards, including referring an eight application to the Aboriginal Funding Envelope.

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Two documents related to the environmental assessment of the New Prosperity mine are available for public comment from now until Feb. 22.

On Monday the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency announced the draft environmental impact statement guidelines and the draft terms of reference for the review panel are now available on the CEAA website.

“The guidelines provide direction to the proponent and identify the information that is required in the environmental impact statement.  The terms of reference establish the mandate and authorities of the review panel, as well as the procedures and timelines for the review,” stated CEAA in a press release,

The public is invited to submit written comments on both documents to the agency. After taking public comments into consideration, the guidelines and the terms of reference will be finalized and made public.

The draft EIS guidelines, the draft terms of reference as well as additional information on the project are available at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry on the agency’s web site at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca under reference #11-05-63928.

To submit comments, obtain a copy of the documents or to register as an interested party and be kept informed of the panel review process activities, contact:

Livain Michaud, panel manager for
the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency,
160 Elgin St, 22nd floor, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0H3; or phone 613-948-1359 or 1-866-582-1884; or fax 613-957-0941; or e-mail

NewProsperityReview@ceaa-acee.gc.ca.

 

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