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Environmental Assessment


ScoZinc Operations Southwest Expansion


This is to advise that on August 18, 2011, ScoZinc Limited registered a Southwest Expansion Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to mine and process additional lead/zinc ore located immediately adjacent to the existing Gays River Mine. The currently permitted pit area is proposed to be expanded in a southwest direction to complete mining and reclamation of this area.

Project Update

The Minister has authorized an extension for the commencement of work effective October 5, 2018, and expiring October 7, 2020. The Approval Holder must, on or before October 7, 2020, commence work on the Undertaking unless granted a written extension by the Minister.

Ministers Decision

On October 7, 2011 the Minister of Environment released a decisionPDF Download Link (PDF:135k) concerning this review. The Minister has decided to approve the undertaking in accordance with Section 13(1)b of the Environmental Assessment Regulations, pursuant to Part IV of the Environment Act. The undertaking has been approved subject to a number of conditionsPDF Download Link (PDF:75k).

Project Documents

Opportunities for Public Input

Public comments on the Registration Document were accepted until September 17, 2011

Comments received, including any personal information, will be made available to the public from the Department of Environment and Climate Change library, 5th floor, Halifax Office (5151 Terminal Rd.).