Environmental review for Nunavut, Canada mining project

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MMG's exploration camp at its High Lake site in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. The federal minister of Northern Development has given Nunavut regulators the go-ahead to assess the zinc, copper and lead project. (MMG)
MMG’s exploration camp at its High Lake site in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. The federal minister of Northern Development has given Nunavut regulators the go-ahead to assess the zinc, copper and lead project. (MMG)

MMG’s proposed Izok Corridor mining project near the community of Kugluktuk in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, will undergo a full environmental review.

The federal minister of Northern Development has given Nunavut regulators the go-ahead to assess the zinc, copper and lead project about 200 kilometres southwest of Kugluktuk.

The proposed project includes two mines joined by a 350-kilometre all-weather road, and a port in the Coronation Gulf.

The Izok Corridor site is near the Nunavut-Northwest Territories (N.W.T) border and Bernard Valcourt, federal northern development minister, said regulators should pay close attention to any potential transboundary impacts.

Some N.W.T. aboriginal groups are worried the project may threaten the Bathurst Caribou herd.

The federal government said it will give the Nunavut Impact Review Board money to hold public sessions and hearings outside Nunavut.

The board is now working to set a timeline for the review.

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