Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1379

Schefferville Iron Ore Mine (James and Redmond Properties)

Proponent: Labrador Iron Mines Ltd.

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process:

Project Description:

The proposal is to mine iron ore at the James and Redmond properties in Labrador, near Schefferville , Quebec . Mining will be conducted using open pit methods. Iron ore remaining at these previously mined locations will be mined, crushed and washed to produce lump ore and sinter fine ores, prior to being transported by rail to Sept-Îles and then shipped to customers. The project will also include the re-establishment of a spur line, approximately 3.5 kilometres in length, between an area known as the Silver Yards, north of the James property, and the existing railway in Schefferville , Quebec . Mining will initially be at a combined rate of one to two million tonnes/year at the three main mine sites, James North, James South and Redmond . This is an estimated daily production rate of less than 3,000 tonnes/day at each mine location. Ore will be crushed and washed at the Silver Yards area. Mining will be conducted approximately eight months per year with a winter shutdown.

  • May 5, 2008 - The undertaking was registered.
  • June 10, 2008 - Public comments are due.
  • June 19, 2008 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • August 13, 2008 - The Minister requires an Environmental Impact Statement.
  • August 25, 2008 - Environmental Assessment Committee Appointed.
  • October 29, 2008 - Draft Guidelines posted for public review.
  • December 12, 2008 - Final guidelines issued to Proponent.
  • December 21, 2008 - EIS Submitted.
  • March 13, 2009 - EIS requires additional work.
  • August 25, 2009 - Revised EIS submitted.
  • November 13, 2009 - EIS Accepted as Satisfactory.
  • February 12, 2010 - Project released.
  • July 7, 2010 - EPP Accepted as Satisfactory.

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