Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1674

Joyce Lake Direct Shipping Iron Ore Project

Proponent: Labec Century Iron Ore

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

Project Description:

Labec Century Iron Ore is proposing to develop an iron mine in western Labrador approximately 20 kilometres northeast of the Town of Schefferville, Quebec. The proposed project is situated entirely within Labrador and will produce up to four million metric tonnes of product per year. The first three years of operation would focus on production of direct shipping ore (DSO) which has a high iron content, with stockpiling of lower grade ore that would be beneficiated to bring it up to the desired commercial grade. The ore will be transported to the existing railway owned by Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. for transportation to the Port of Sept-Iles. Components of the mine and mine infrastructure include: an open pit, waste rock disposal, tailings management, processing and support infrastructure, access and haulage roads and a rail loop. The project is scheduled to start construction in 2014 and operations are projected to be completed by 2022 followed by the decommissioning and rehabilitation phases.

  • October 15, 2012 - The undertaking was registered.
  • November 19, 2012 - Public comments are due.
  • November 13, 2012 - Ammendment to Registration Document.
  • November 24, 2012 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • December 14, 2012 - Environmental Impact Statement Required.
  • February 7, 2013 - Environmental Assessment Committee Appointed.
  • February 28, 2013 - Supplementary Information Received.
  • June 4, 2013 - Draft EIS Guidelines for Public Review.
  • December 3, 2013 - Final EIS Guidelines Approved
  • December 23, 2014 - Changes to Project Description for Public Review.


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