Alderon was released from both the Federal and Provincial Environmental Assessment ("EA") Processes for the Kami Iron Ore Project in Q1 2014. On January 10th, 2014 the Cabinet of Newfoundland and Labrador determined that the Kami Project had met the requirements of Part X of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Protection Act and was released from the Provincial EA Process. On February 18, 2014 the Federal Minister of Environment posted the Notice of the Environmental Assessment Decision Statement. The Decision Statement set out the Minister's conclusion that the Kami Project was "not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects". As a result of this determination, the Kami Project may now proceed subject to the terms and conditions included in any federal permits or authorizations. Alderon is now in a position to move ahead with plans to commence construction.
Alderon initiated the Federal and Provincial Environmental Assessment processes for the Kami Project back in October 2011. Alderon submitted the required documentation (the "Registration Documents") to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the Department of Environment and Conservation of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The registration documents provided an overview of the proposed project as well as a description of how it will affect the bio-physical and socio-economic environment.
Alderon then submitted its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the Federal and Provincial Governments in September 2012. The EIS document consists of more than 5000 pages of technical analysis and provides a full and thorough assessment of the predicted project effects on the biophysical and human environments.
Alderon engaged with stakeholders throughout the EA process. Public input influenced the design of the Project in several ways, as can be seen in the site plan below.