Emulsion Plant undertaking registered

Andrea Spracklin
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To supply Cliffs Mines-Wabush and Bloom Lake

The Minister of Environment and Conservation, Joan Shea, announced the following event relative to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA). It is the registration of an undertaking: Cliff Resources Emulsion Plant including the Proponent - Dyno Nobel Canada Incorporated.

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The project would consist of the construction of a modular emulsion manufacturing plant near the Bloom Lake Mine site in western Labrador to supply Cliffs Mines such as Wabush Mine and Bloom Lake Mine and other customers with blasting agent emulsion for mining purposes.

In addition to the manufacturing plant, there will be construction of a new rail section and new access roads for the emulsion plant.

Construction is scheduled to commence in May of 2014. The undertaking was registered on January 27th. The deadline for public comments is March 4, 2014; and the minister’s decision is due by March 13th.

Gerry Beson, Vice President of United Steelworkers Local 6285 in Wabush, said the plant had been talked about for the last couple of years.

“They were (initially) planning it on site and some survey work had been done in one of the (Wabush Mine) pits.”

He mentioned the contractor firm that were successful in the in the bid for the new undertaking.

“Dyno Nobel Canada Inc. has done work here before with the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOCC) and Quebec Cartier Mining (QCM),” says Beson.

Further information on the environmental assessment process contact the Director of Environmental Assessment at 709-729-4211or toll-free: 1-800-563-6181 or by mail to: Director Environmental Assessment Division, Department of Environment and Conservation, West Block, Confederation Building, P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Environmental assessment information is on the department website online: www.gov.nl.ca/env.

Organizations: Bloom Lake Mine, Wabush Mine, Iron Ore Company of Canada Quebec Cartier Mining United Steelworkers Local 6285 Dyno Nobel Canada Environmental Assessment Division Department of Environment and Conservation

Geographic location: Labrador, Wabush

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