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Environmental work continuing on fluorspar mine project

Environment and Conservation Minister Dan Crummell has determined an environmental preview report is required for the new fluorspar mine development in St. Lawrence.

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Canada Fluorspar Inc. general manager Phonce Cooper discussed the company’s AGS fluorspar mine project during an open house for residents and interested groups in St. Lawrence this past spring. Environment and Conservation Minister Dan Crummell has determined an
environmental preview report is required for the development

The report is necessary to provide additional information about the project, according to an environmental assessment bulletin issued by the department Sept. 4

It will include alternatives analysis for tailings management, a wetland and freshwater fish/habitat survey, a groundwater monitoring plan, an air emissions inventory, a noise and radon survey and employment information.

Canada Fluorspar Inc. (CFI) shifted its focus in St. Lawrence when a new discovery – now known as the AGS vein – was made in the area in 2013.

A pre-feasibility study for the project was completed and it was registered for environmental assessment with the province this past June.

“The project includes construction and operation of a surface and underground mine of the AGS Vein, a mill facility, a tailings management facility/lagoon, ancillary infrastructure, and a marine terminal at Blue Beach Cove,” a previous public notice issued by the provincial government stated.

“The ancillary infrastructure to support the mine and mill will include access roads, conveyors, administration building, warehouse, maintenance building, concentration storage building, etc.”

A further bulletin Friday stated an environmental assessment committee has been appointed to provide scientific and technical advice to the minister and guidance regarding the information requirements to CFI.

The public will be invited to provide comment once the report is submitted.

CFI and Golder Associates, the company’s environmental consultants, held an open house on the project in St. Lawrence for residents and interested groups this past spring.

At the present size of the resource, the proposed AGS mine would have a 10-year lifespan.

A two-year construction phase is estimated requiring roughly 350 workers. Once in operation, the mine would employ about 150-175 people.

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