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NEWS: Nunavut December 06, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Nunavut board to hold Mary River project certificate workshop Dec. 18, 19 in Iqaluit

Agencies to talk about how to carry out NIRB recommendations


The next step in the Mary River iron project’s journey through the Nunavut regulatory system is set for Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 in Iqaluit, where representatives from many federal and territorial agencies will attend a Nunavut Impact Review Board workshop aimed at refining and clarifying the content of a project certificate.

The review board must soon issue a project certificate to Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. for its proposed Mary River iron mine, railway and marine transportation system.

The certificate is to be based on the board’s final hearing report, which John Duncan approved this past Dec. 3.

That report, first issued Sept. 14, contains 182 terms and conditions aimed at reducing any environmental or socio-economic harm that could flow from the mine project.

NIRB will use this month’s workshop to clarify how the report’s terms and conditions will be implemented, and who will perform which tasks.

“At the workshop, regulators will be expected to confirm which terms and conditions from the final hearing report will be incorporated into their respective licences, certificates and permits,” Ryan Barry, the NIRB’s executive director, said Dec. 5 in a letter.

Representatives from bodies like the Canadian Transportation Agency, AANDC, Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada and the Government of Nunavut are expected to attend.

They’ll look at a draft version of a project certificate to help the NIRB prepare a final one, which they hope to issue soon after the workshop.

In January, the Nunavut Water Board will begin work on the issuance of a water licence for the project.

NIRB will hold the project certificate workshop at the Frobisher Inn’s Koojesse Room in Iqaluit’s Astro Hill complex.

It’s open to the public and will likely run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, with lunch breaks from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Evening sessions may be scheduled if required.

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