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May 15, 2012 – Josephine Cone Mine Project – Public Comments Invited and Federal Funding Available The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is conducting a comprehensive study type of environmental assessment of the proposed Josephine Cone Mine Project located in Ontario. The public is invited to comment on the project and the conduct of the comprehensive study.   The Agency is making available $36,000 under its participant funding program to assist groups and individuals to participate in activities related to subsequent public consultations during this environmental assessment.  Applications received by June 14, 2012 will be considered.

Bending Lake Iron Group Limited’s proposed project consists of the construction, operation and decommissioning of an iron ore mine located approximately 49 kilometres southwest of Ignace, Ontario. The project is proposed to process approximately 56 000 tonnes of iron ore per day from one open pit and move approximately 43 000 tonnes of waste rock per day on an average day for the entire mine life. Based upon an expected total resource in excess of 500 million tonnes, the mine is projected to have a life span greater than 25 years.

To submit an application or to obtain additional information on the program, contact:

Participant Funding Program
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Ina Zanovello
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
Telephone: 1-866-582-1884 or 613-960-0282  Fax: 613-948-9172  PFP.PAFP@ceaa-acee.gc.ca