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The Kiggavik project

Environmental assessment (EA) start date: January 9, 2009
Part 5 review under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (led by the Nunavut Impact Review Board)
Proponent: AREVA Resources Canada Inc.
Purpose of facility: proposed uranium mining and milling operation
Location: Kivalliq, Nunavut

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Project description

The Kiggavik Project is a proposed uranium mining and milling operation located in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut approximately 80 km west of the community of Baker Lake.

AREVA Resources Canada is proposing to use open pit and underground mining methods to develop the ore at two main sites: Kiggavik and Sissons. Ore would be excavated, trucked to an ore stockpile and directed to a mill to produce yellowcake, a uranium concentrate. A dock site at Baker Lake would serve as a transfer and storage facility for materials and supplies. A 90 - 100 km haul road would be constructed to link the Baker Lake dock site to the main project site.

The project would also include the construction of an accommodation complex for employees, warehouse and maintenance facilities, fuel and explosives storage, water treatment plants, administration buildings and roads.

An EA is required to be conducted before the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) can consider issuing a licence to AREVA to allow this project to proceed. The Kiggavik project falls under the jurisdiction of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and is therefore subject to the NIRB's EA process rather than the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. The CNSC will provide technical advice to the Nunavut Impact Review Board and participate in their process.

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For questions or information directly related to this environmental assessment, contact the CNSC.

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