Matamec Explorations Inc. (TSXV:MAT) and JV partner Toyotsu Rare Earth Canada, Inc., awarded the mandate to conduct its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the heavy rare earths Kipawa Project to Golder & Associates.
As quoted in the press release:
The mandate was awarded in April 2012 data for the environmental baseline study needed to be collected in the spring 2012. The priority for the Company in the spring-summer 2012 was to plan its timetable to ensure all requirements for various permits and public hearings were met, like the certificate of authorization. Furthermore, although the Kipawa Mine Project is not heading for public hearings (“BAPE”) because of its scheduled daily production of 4,000 tonnes, Matamec has taken into account current legislative unpredictability by organizing its timetable to avoid possible time delays by preventively gathering all features in case of public hearings before various levels of government. Regardless of obligatory legislative public hearings, Matamec’s management believes that proper environmental protection starts with a good understanding of the environment, so the Company intends to integrate corporate social responsibility by ensuring its actions are in compliance with provincial and federal norms.
André Gauthier, Matamec’s President, commented:
I really appreciate that Golder & Associates are implicated in our project. It is a trustworthy company and their reputation and knowledge gives us the assurance of a complete and credible Environmental Impact Assessment. The field work of last the spring and summer 2012 went really well and everything ongoing is on schedule. Corporate social responsibility is extremely important to me, and to everyone at Matamec. In 2012, a mine project is respectful of the environment and includes all stakeholders in its considerations.