November 21, 2005

Comments invited on Kemess North mining project EIA

OTTAWA, ONT-The joint review panel for the Kemess North copper-gold mine project in Northern British Columbia has opened a comment period on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) filed by the proponent, Northgate Minerals. The comment period, which runs to January 6, 2006, allows interested parties to comment on whether the EIA adequately addresses the requirements of the final EIA guidelines issued by the panel near the end of August. Written comments may be sent by surface mail, fax or e-mail to the panel 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; or Ray Crook, Kemess North copper-gold mine Joint Review Panel, 201-1290 Broad St, Victoria, BC V8W 2A5, 250/414-7455, FAX 250/383-2978, E-mail Comments@Kemess-JointReview.ca. Northgate Minerals proposes to develop the Kemess North copper and gold deposit, six km north of its existing Kemess mine which is 250 km northeast of Smithers, BC. The project includes the development of a new open pit, modification of the existing mill and related infrastructure. The EIA and EIA guidelines may be viewed on the Web sites of the BC Environmental Assessment Office, www.eao.gov.bc.ca, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca. More information is also available on Northgate Minerals' Web site, www.northgateminerals.com.

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