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Environmental Review of the Strange Lake Rare Earth Mining Project

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by ahnationtalk on November 23, 202352 Views

November 23, 2023

The Nunatsiavut Government is completing an environmental review of the Strange Lake Rare Earth Mining Project, under the Nunatsiavut Environmental Protection Act. This review is done in collaboration with the provincial and federal government.

This project is led by Torngat Metals Ltd. (the Proponent). The project is a rare earth elements mining project in the Strange Lake deposit in Quebec, located 235 km northeast of Schefferville and 125 km west of Vale’s nickel-copper mine near Nain in Labrador. The project plans to extract mining material from an open pit, and between 2.5 to 6.0 million tonnes per year of crushed ore will be fed to the onsite beneficiation plant. The ore concentrate will be transported by road. This new road would be built to connect the mine site to a new container storage and handling facilities at the existing port of Vale’s nickel-copper mine in Anaktalak Bay on the eastern coast of Labrador. The total length of the access road is estimated at 160 km. Ore concentrate would be shipped by sea from Vale’s port to processing facilities in Quebec.

The project description is available on the Nunatsiavut Government Environmental Review Registry (see links below). You can also request it by email from the proponent at, and a paper copy can be requested from your Nunatsiavut Government Community Liaison Officer (CLO).

The Nunatsiavut Government’s Department of Lands and Natural Resources is currently conducting public consultations to gather the views of Nunatsiavummiut regarding the project, as well as Inuit Knowledge about the environment at the site of the project and potential environmental impacts. Comments can be submitted to the CLOs at your Nunatsiavut Government community office.

Comments can also be sent via email at

This first round of initial consultation on the project will close on December 12.

Please note that comments received in writing will be made publicly available.

If you have any questions, please contact Environmental Assessment Manager, Frederic Dwyer-Samuel, at (709) 899-6702 or

You may also mail comments to:

Nunatsiavut Government ATTN: Frederic Dwyer-Samuel Box 70 Nain, NL A0P 1L0

Links to project information:



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