Algonquins Call for Joint Review Panel for Proposed Matamec Rare Earth Elements Mine in Quebec

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Two Algonquin First Nations are calling for a Joint Review Panel on Matamec Exploration's (MAT.V) proposed Kipawa Rare Earth Elements open pit mine in Kipawa, Quebec.

The proposed mine site is located within, and has the potential to significantly affect, the shared traditional territories of our two First Nations, the Wolf Lake and Eagle Village groups said in a statement.

"Rare earth mines can be the source of significant toxics that risk being released to the environment including radioactive elements (uranium and thorium) and the poorly understood rare earth elements themselves. Existing regulatory regimes in Quebec and Canada have not been designed with rare earth elements in mind, pointing to the need for additional, closer scrutiny of the project."

Wolf Lake Chief Harry St. Denis stated: "We are concerned that the standard Environmental Assessment process will not adequately address our concerns about the potential for adverse environmental impacts from the Project. As it stands now, the mine does not trigger an environmental assessment under Quebec legislation so the federal Environmental Assessment will be the only one done for this proposed mine."

"We have determined that a Joint Review Panel pursuant to section 38 ( C ) of the CEAA with our Algonquin First Nation Governments would provide a much more appropriate means of evaluating this Project and we have written to the federal Minister of the Environment Peter Kent calling on him to establish a Joint Review Panel."



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