Decision on Kami mine now with minister

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Company’s detailed environmental impact statement accepted, with public comments

Tayfun Eldem. — Telegram file photo

The decision on whether or not to recommend the release of Alderon Iron Ore’s Kami mine project from environmental assessment is now with Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Hedderson.

According to a notice issued by Hedderson’s department today, a review of the company’s detailed filing on the proposed iron ore mine in western Labrador — the environmental impact statement (EIS) — is now considered complete.

Alderon originally registered for environmental assessment with the province Oct. 14, 2011. The EIS was first submitted on Oct. 1, 2012.

Provincial government staff tasked with reviewing the file requested further information on two occasions, leading to amendments to the original filing on Feb. 15, 2012 and June 27, 2013.

Along with the EIS documentation, Hedderson will be asked to base his decision on public comments and submissions made in response to the EIS, as well as the recommendations of government staff responsible for the file.

“The minister will now be recommending to the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council whether or not this project can proceed ... subject to terms and conditions,” the department notice stated.

As The Telegram reported in September, during Mining Industry NL’s Resource Investors Forum, Alderon president and CEO Tayfun Eldem said the company was in a "holding pattern" on the project’s construction, until it is released from environmental assessment, though the company has been advancing engineering, infrastructure agreements, rail agreements and working on negotiating a power purchase agreement with Nalcor Energy for post-construction.

"Parallel with that, we're working on bringing another offtake partner to the table," Eldem said.

Detailed documents can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Organizations: The Telegram, Resource Investors Forum, Nalcor Energy

Geographic location: Alderon Iron Ore, Labrador

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