January 30, 2006

EA initiated for Rio Algom proposal to replace Stanleigh mine treatment plant

TORONTO, ONT-Rio Algom has begun a screening-level environmental assessment (EA) of its proposal to replace the existing sand filtration treatment plant at its Stanleigh Mine, in Elliot Lake, Ont, with a system similar to those used at the Quirke, Panel, Nordic and Pronto sites. The project involves demolishing the existing treatment plant, followed by construction of a new water treatment plant, settling pond, and a dam and spillway for the settling pond. The project also includes the operation of these new physical works. The company has applied to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for approval of the project and is required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act to conduct an EA before the Commission makes its decision on the proposal. More information on the project EA is available from Michael Rinker, an environmental assessment specialist with the CNSC, 1-800-668-5284, FAX 613/995-5086, E-mail ceaainfo@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca.

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