Review board announces next steps for review of AREVA’s proposed Kiggavik uranium mine

On February 6, 2013 the Nunavut Impact Review Board announced that they have approved AREVA’s responses to Information Requests. This announcement marks the commencement of the technical review of AREVA’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Included in the announcement was information about the next steps in the review process, including technical comments, technical meetings, a pre-hearing conference and a community round table session. The following timetable was included in the announcement.

February 6, 2013: Commencement of the 60 day public comment period. Parties are
asked to provide their technical review comments on a number of
specific points, outlined below.

February 27, 2013: NIRB to confirm dates for Technical Meeting and the PHC.

April 8, 2013: Submission of technical review comments to the NIRB by 12:00 pm
MST.

May 8, 2013: AREVA to provide response to technical review comments.

May 13, 2013: Circulation of draft agenda for the NIRB technical meeting.

May 28-31, 2013: Technical Meeting in Rankin Inlet (tentative). The objective of the
Technical Meeting would be to clarify and resolve technical issues in
the DEIS.

June 4-6, 2013: Community roundtable and Pre-Hearing Conference (PHC) in Baker
Lake (tentative).

July 4, 2013: NIRB to issue its PHC Report for the Kiggavik Project.

Information about each of these phases is available in English and Inuktitut.

A “process map” of the review, that includes anticipated timelines for each of these steps, is available in English and Inuktitut.

Information and commentary about Information Requests submitted to AREVA are available here.

AREVA’s responses to Information Requests are available here.

Links to more information about the review of AREVA’s Kiggavik proposal are available here.

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