Innovation Metals Corp. Receives Exemption From Requirement to Conduct Environmental Impact Assessment for Centralized Rare Earth Separation Plant in Quebec
TORONTO, Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Innovation Metals Corp. (“IMC” or “the Company”) today announced that it has received notification from the Province of Quebec that an Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) is not required for the Company’s future rare earth element (“REE”) separation facilities (the “Facilities”), to be located in Becancour, Quebec.
A Project Notice was originally submitted to the Ministere du Developpement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (“MDDEP”) in July 2012, by GENIVAR Inc., IMC’s engineering consultants.
“While IMC still needs to complete the necessary steps required to obtain the permits from the provincial government for the Facilities,” commented Patrick Wong, CEO of IMC, “after reviewing our Project Notice the MDDEP determined that various aspects of our project proposal did not cross certain thresholds that normally require the completion of an EIA and public hearings. IMC of course remains committed to a project approach that fosters sustainable and responsible environmental practices.”
The Becancour Waterfront Industrial Park (the “Park”) was chosen in June 2012 as the future home of the Facility, which will focus on the production of critical REEs. Operated by the Province of Quebec, the Park is situated on a major highway on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River, approximately halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. In addition to access to cheap hydroelectricity and deep-water port facilities with full year-round access, the Park is also home to a leading industrial producer of hydrochloric acid and caustic soda, two key chemicals used in the REE separation process.
“We are most appreciative of the swift response from the MDDEP on this matter,” said Gareth Hatch, President of IMC. “We look forward to continuing to work cooperatively with the Province of Quebec as we move our project plans forward.”
IMC continues to be in active discussions with a number of potential future REE producers who have expressed interest in accessing the Company’s Facilities via an IMC-led consortium.
About Innovation Metals Corp.
Innovation Metals Corp. (“IMC”) is a private Canadian-based company founded in 2011. IMC’s goal is to alleviate the bottleneck that has formed in the rare earth supply chain, through the creation of the world’s first independent, centralized rare earth separation facilities, to be located in Becancour, Quebec. The company intends to bridge the gap between producers and end users via the creation of a consortium, through which it will provide low-cost material tolling programs to producers, and assuring security of supply for end users and sovereign governments. IMC is also developing innovative trading platforms to further increase the opportunities within the rare earth sector for traders.
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Mr. Patrick Wong, CEO
Innovation Metals Corp.
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