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The Secretariat for the federal Panel reviewing the proposed Prosperity Gold-Copper Mine project will be holding information sessions on the review process in communities in the project area starting the week of September 21, 2009. Final details on the dates, times and locations of the sessions will be provided soon.The information sessions will give Aboriginal groups and other participants an opportunity to hear further about the federal review, the Panel’s role and mandate, and how interested parties can participate in the federal process.
The Secretariat for the Panel will be making presentations and will answer questions relating to the federal review process. The Panel will not be present at these sessions.
The Panel is currently reviewing the adequacy of the additional information submitted by the proponent. The information was provided in response to questions sent to the proponent by the Panel.
Aboriginal groups, governments and the public are invited to review the additional information and provide comments to the Panel by September 18, 2009.
All comments will be shared with the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and made public via the federal online registry. Forward your written comments in the official language of your choice by mail, e-mail or fax to the attention of:
Colette Spagnuolo, Panel Manager
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 613-957-0541 / 1-866-582-1884
The information requests and the additional information from the proponent are available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry, under registry number [url=http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?CEAR_ID=44811]09-05-44811[/url.
The proponent, Taseko Mines Limited is proposing to develop an open-pit gold-copper mine located 125 km southwest of Williams Lake, B.C. The proposed project also includes tailings and waste rock areas, an onsite mill, an approximately 125 km long power transmission line corridor and an access road.
The Panel is an independent body, appointed by the federal Minister of the Environment to assess the environmental effects of the proposed project.
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