The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) received and forwarded a total of 239 comments listed in the final written submissions of 15 interveners on Friday January 16, 2015. The Kiggavik Project team is currently reviewing and preparing responses for submission to the NIRB by February 2 in advance of the Final Hearing that is scheduled to take place from March 2 to 14, 2015 (with a possible extension to March 21) in Baker Lake, NU.
The repartition of the origin of the comments received is as follows:
- Federal government: 99 items
- Territorial government: 44 items
- Regional Inuit Organization: 58 items
- Other registered interveners: 38 items
The comments and concerns raised span across all aspects of the assessment with the top three areas of interest continuing to be:
- Caribou protection,
- Socio-economic aspects, with a focus on benefits and,
- Project description, with a focus on management plans and the potential access road.
Over the past 10 days, the Kiggavik team has been touring the North to discuss the FEIS with the following organizations:
- The Lutsel K’e First Nation Wildlife Committee in the Northwest Territories – The Lutsel K’e First Nation (LKFN) have been participants in the Kiggavik Project environmental assessment process since 2009. Much of the discussion with the Wildlife Committee pertained to the assessment of potential effects on caribou as presented in Volume 6 of the Final Environmental Impact Statement. AREVA’s team also held an informal meeting open to community members and members of the LKFN council.
- The Baker Lake Hamlet Council – AREVA’s team had an opportunity to present to the newly elected council. Baker Lake is the closest community to the Kiggavik site (about 80km). AREVA has maintained an office and staff members in Baker Lake since 2006. The discussion with council focused on potential local benefits from the proposed development of the Kiggavik Project.
- The Arviat Hunters and Trappers Organization (HTO) – The Arviat HTO members are concerned with potential effects from dust and marine transportation, so the discussion focused on the atmospheric assessment, available in Volume 4, and the marine assessment, in Volume 7.
- The Chesterfield Inlet HTO and Hamlet Council – Chesterfield Inlet representatives are generally concerned with the potential effects of shipping on marine mammals, so the discussion focused on the marine assessment provided in Volume 7. They also wanted to know how their input on land and marine life will be incorporated into the project to minimize any effects.
In early February, the Northern Project Management Office and Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s staff will host community meetings to discuss the FEIS with community representatives in Rankin Inlet (Feb. 3), Baker Lake (Feb. 4) and Chesterfield Inlet (Feb. 5). In the meantime, the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) will hold information sessions from January 27 to February 3, 2015, throughout the Kivalliq Region to promote public awareness and effective participation at the upcoming Final Hearing in Baker Lake. The Schedule of the NIRB information sessions is as follows:
Jan 27 – Chesterfield Inlet
Jan 28 – Repulse Bay
Jan 29 – Coral Harbour
Jan 30 – Rankin Inlet
Jan 31 – Arviat
Feb 2 – Whale Cove
Feb 3 – Baker Lake
To view AREVA’s full submission you can scroll through the Resources tab down to Final Environmental Impact Statement where each volume is listed separately.
We are working to answer all the comments submitted on schedule and look forward to answering questions at the Final Hearing in Baker Lake at the beginning of March.