Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1190

Hay Lake (Labrador West) Reclamation Project

Wabush Mines; Cliffs Mining Co., Managing Agent

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

  • Project Description:
    The proponent plans to continue excavation of the open pit mining operation (Scully Mine), such that waste rock and ore will be removed from the area surrounding Hay Lake, a water body within the mine lease area. Scully Mine is located approximately 5 kilometres west of Wabush, Labrador. Hay Lake is located at the northeastern corner of the open pit complex. The undertaking will realize continued resource extraction within the mining lease area of the Scully Mine. Hay Lake will be drained to allow access to the ore body adjacent to it and to assure the safety of the mining operation. Hay Lake has been surveyed and found to comprise an area of 11.7 hectares; the lake's mean depth is 1.6 metres; and maximum depth is 4 metres. Draining of Hay Lake is scheduled to begin at the end of June in 2005.
  • April 11, 2005 - The undertaking was registered.
  • May 17, 2005 - Public comments are due.
  • May 26, 2005 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • June 30, 2005 - The Minister announced the project has been released from further environmental assessment review.

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