IOC mining operation outside Labrador City in Labrador. — The Canadian Press Images/Paul Daly
The Iron Ore Company of Canada has submitted a proposal to the Department of Environment and Conservation for a new explosives production facility at their Labrador City mine site.
The proposal is going through an environmental assesment process.
Once approved, the facility will be capable of producing 90,000 metric tonnes of bulk ammonium nitrate explosive annually, states a Department of Environment and Conservation bulletin.
The new facility would address current compliance issues while also increasing capacity to meet the current mining activity in Labrador west.
The facility will be located within IOC’s existing property boundaries.
The proposal includes the construction of a process building, an adjacent mobile mixing unit building, as well as a 1,700-metre extension to an existing railway line, a 530-metre long gravel access road, and a one-kilometre electrical distribution line.
The deadline for public comments is Sept. 4, with the minister’s decision due Sept. 13.