July 25, 2005

Joint panel for BC copper-gold mine proposal issues draft EIA guidelines

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office have issued for public comment draft guidelines for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Kemess North copper-gold mine project. The guidelines will specify the issues to be addressed by Northgate Minerals, the proponent, in its EIA of the proposed project.

Northgate Minerals is proposing to develop the Kemess North copper and gold deposit, 250 km northeast of Smithers, BC. The planned development would take place 6 km north of the company's existing Kemess mine.

The project includes development of a new open pit, modification of the existing mill, and related infrastructure. It would increase the milling capacity at the operating Kemess mine from the current 55,000 tonnes per day to up to 120,000 tonnes per day.

After taking public comments into consideration, the joint review panel will issue finalized guidelines to the proponent. Written comments on the draft guidelines are due by August 15, 2005 and may be submitted in English or French to either of the joint panel's co-managers: Georgina Naismith, Kemess North copper-gold mine Joint Review Panel, 160 Elgin St, 22nd Floor, Ottawa, K1A 0H3; 613/957-0182, FAX 613/957-0941, E-mail Comments@Kemess-JointReview.ca; or Ray Crook, Kemess North copper-gold mine Joint Review Panel, 201-1290 Broad St, Victoria, BC V8W 2A5.

The draft EIA guidelines may be viewed on the Web sites of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (www.ceaa.gc.ca, www.eao.gov.bc.ca).

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