The Eagle’s Nest Project has been subject to both federal Environmental Assessment (EA) under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (now Impact Assessment) and provincial EA under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. Preliminary work to support the environmental assessment processes was initiated by Noront in 2009 and includes baseline environmental studies designed to satisfy their requirements.
Noront provided an Eagle’s Nest Project Description to provincial and federal authorities in April 2011. After a public review and comment period on the draft guidelines, final federal guidelines for completing an Environmental Impact Statement under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act were issued to Noront in January 2012 by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA). Noront also initiated a process for developing provincial Terms of Reference, in April 2011. A formal Notice of Submission for Terms of Reference was issued in March 2012, and a final amended Terms of Reference with supporting documentation was submitted to Ontario in October 2012.
On December 20, 2013, the Company issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Assessment Report (EIS/EA) for Eagle’s Nest, which was circulated for comment to federal and provincial representatives as well as interested public parties and First Nation communities.
In June 2015, Noront received it’s Approved Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Environmental Assessment of Eagle’s Nest from the Provincial Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. This TOR included the 300km all-season access road to the mine site. In late 2017, the Province and local First Nations announced that local First Nation communities would lead the EA process for the access road. Noront will apply to modify its project scope and TOR to reflect this change when road work is sufficiently advanced.
Development of the Eagle’s Nest Mine will also require a variety of federal and provincial permits, licenses and authorizations which will be acquired upon completion of the federal and provincial environmental assessments. Development, operation and ultimately closure of Eagle’s Nest will be subject to numerous other legal requirements provided for in various provincial and federal acts and regulations.
Eagle’s Nest Draft EIS/EA Report:
Master Table of Contents
Volume 1 – Executive Summary
Volume 2 – EIS/EA Report
Volume 2 Appendices (Amended)
Volume 3 Cumulative Effects Assessment
Volume 4 – Environmental & Social Management
Technical Supporting Documents