New Gold Inc.
- Name and address of proponent:
New Gold Inc.
1111 Victoria Avenue East Thunder Bay ON Canada P7C 1B7 Tel: 807-624-5000 Fax: 807-624-5003
- Contact name for technical and design information:
Kyle Stanfield, New Gold Inc. as above
- Description of the proposed project (major products, process, capacity, etc.):
The Rainy River Project (RRR) is proposing to construct, operate, and eventually reclaim a new open pit and underground gold mine and ore processing complex. The open pit mining will occur at a rate of approximately 21,000 tonnes per day (tpd) of ore production averaged over the life of the mine, and underground mining will produce up to approximately 1,500 tpd. Processing will utilize well established, conventional technologies commonly used in northern Ontario to produce doré gold bars on site.
- Latitude and longitude coordinates, city/town, county and province.
The RRR is located in the Township of Chapple, District of Rainy River, in northwestern Ontario. The centroid of the proposed open pit is located at UTM 425660E, 5409700N (NAD 83 Zone 15); latitude / longitude (degrees-minutes-seconds) 94° 0' 47.2" W, 48° 50' 8.9" N
- Distance to the Canada-U.S. border:
- Estimated annual quantities of the following pollutants released to the atmosphere (tonnes/ year).
SO2 : 150 tonnes / year
PM : 977 tonnes / year
VOC : Not significant
CO : 702 tonnes / year
NOx : 151 tonnes / year
- List hazardous air pollutants with emissions estimate (tonnes/year) for any hazardous air pollutants with expected annual emission rates of greater than 1 tonne per year.
hydrogen cyanide, aluminum (in fugitive dust)
- For combustion processes, list capacity (tonnes/year), fuel type and grade:
Capacity: 48.3 MMBTU/hr, 5,165 kW
Fuel Type: propane, diesel
Fuel Grade: low sulphur
- Description of emissions control equipment to be used to minimize emissions of air contaminants/pollutants, if available.
The facility and emission points will be designed to allow for good atmospheric dispersion. Dust control equipment such as bag houses, bin vents, and water sprays, will be utilized where necessary to prevent excessive emissions at the crusher and process plant. A preventive maintenance program will be employed that encompasses all pollution control equipment, diesel-fired engines (vehicle, equipment, and standby power generating), and all processes with the potential for significant environmental effects. Air emissions from diesel consumption associated with mobile heavy equipment operations will be controlled through use of low sulphur diesel, equipment meeting Transport Canada off road vehicle emission requirements, and effective equipment maintenance.
- Description of potential transboundary environmental effects on air quality, if available.
It was determined that there would no significant residual effect on the atmospheric environment outside of the local study area. The local study area southern boundary is 12 km north of the Canada – United States border and therefore transboundary effects are not anticipated. Most emissions sources will be low level discharges, and any offsite effects do not extend a significant distance beyond the property boundary.
- Details on the environmental assessment process including deadline date for submitting written comments on the environmental assessment process and date for public meetings, if available.
RRR is in the process of completing a standard Environmental Assessment (EA) under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012. RRR entered into a Voluntary Agreement with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to conduct an Individual Provincial EA for the RRP that will meet the requirements of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The Final EA Report (Version 2) was submitted (Version 2) on January 17, 2014 for Aboriginal and stakeholder review. The Final EA Report was intended to meet the Federal Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines and the Provincially-approved Terms of Reference.
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