AREVA is following guidelines set forth by the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) throughout the review of its proposed Kiggavik Project, located 80 km west of Baker Lake, Nunavut. AREVA has developed a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) to demonstrate the soundness of the proposed Kiggavik Project and the ability of the company to implement the project. AREVA plans to submit a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) in late 2014.
Government, community and other stakeholders have commented on the draft document as part of the environmental review carried out by the NIRB. Following a technical review of the FEIS, the NIRB will hold Public Hearings followed by a decision. AREVA is committed to following the process set out by the Nunavut Impact Review Board.
AREVA has been active in Canada for 50 years and during this time has gained significant, relevant experience in the development and operation of successful mining operations while maintaining high standards for health, safety and environmental protection.
Here are some key points about the Kiggavik Project:
- The Kiggavik Project environmental impact statement reflects five years of recent engineering, environmental and public engagement studies conducted by AREVA, in addition to previous historical work.
- Community engagement and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) have influenced the project design and the environmental assessment.
- Detailed studies using comparisons to international standards, demonstrate that modern uranium development is safe for workers and the public.
AREVA is hosting a series of open houses Nov. 13-21 in seven Kivalliq communities focusing on its proposed Kiggavik Project. Residents from the communities are encouraged to stop by to learn more about the Kiggavik Project and pose questions or offer comments to the AREVA team members there.
More than 100 residents attended the first two days of the open house in Baker Lake, NU, the closest community to the proposed project. The Kiggavik Project is located 80 km west of Baker Lake. On Nov. 15, AREVA held an open house at Repulse Bay, near the Arctic Circle, which was attended by some 25 local residents. The tour concludes at Arviat on Nov. 21.
In each community, AREVA representatives are available to meet with people interested in finding our more about the Kiggavik Project. Residents can also ask questions about AREVA’s draft environmental impact statement on the Kiggavik Project, which was submitted to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) in 2012. Earlier this year, AREVA provided responses to more than 400 technical comments from various organizations about the project.
One key goal of the open houses is to receive feedback from residents on how to improve the project especially regarding how the project would monitor potential environmental effects and how it would mitigate any potential effects. This feedback may be incorporated in the final environmental impact statement, which the company expects to submit to NIRB late next year.
In addition, AREVA staffers meet with local high school students to discuss potential careers in the uranium mining sector. They also fielded many questions about uranium mining, nuclear energy and other energy sources from students and teachers.
For more information about the Kiggavik Project, please visit: www.kiggavik.ca.
AREVA Resources Canada was proud to take part in the Kivalliq Trade Show, which took place in Rankin Inlet from September 30 to October 2. The Trade Show, which brings together over 45 exhibitors and 160 delegates from across Nunavut, explored the theme “Road to Opportunities” for this year’s gathering. AREVA was also happy to support the event as a “Leading Partner”.
Barry McCallum, AREVA’s Manager of Nunavut Affairs, and Dan Zunti, Facility and Logistics Coordinator, attended the trade show and spent time discussing the proposed Kiggavik project with government officials, members of Inuit organizations, and other members of the Nunavut business community.
McCallum also provided a “Uranium 101” presentation to conference delegates. The presentation gave an overview on the global uranium industry, and provided specific focus on how companies such as AREVA work to protect employees and the environment from the radiation risks that uranium mining can present.
“The trade show was a great opportunity for companies working in the Kivalliq region to get together,” said MCallum. “This year’s theme, Road to Opportunities, is a perfect fit for what we’re doing at AREVA. The Kiggavik project has already created a number of economic opportunities for small businesses and willing workers across the Kivalliq region, and we believe these opportunities will continue to grow as the project moves forward.“
For more details on the Trade Show, please visit their website here.
A group of 32 students and their teachers from the Kivalliq region recently spent a week learning about geology, first aid, and the global positioning system (GPS) at the Kivalliq Science Camp, which was held from September 4-9. The camp, which is run by the Kivalliq Science Educators Community (KSEC), aims to provide students with hands-on learning experiences that complement the theory that is taught within the walls of a classroom. AREVA Resources has been a proud sponsor of the Science Camp since 2007 and participated for the third time in the week’s events.
Along with speaking to the students about geology in the Kivalliq region, health, safety and Environmental Protection at the Kiggavik camp and the Nunavut Environmental Assessment process, AREVA Resources also provided each student with the opportunity to go for a helicopter ride. This aspect of the camp was particularly well-received, as 30 out of 32 students listed the ride as their favorite part of the camp.
Despite less than cooperative weather, camp organizer Glen Brocklebank said the students remained enthusiastic and engaged throughout the week. An especially exciting aspect was the lessons that participants shared amongst themselves, including when some of the students from Repulse Bay, who are experienced with camping, showed the others how to light a stove and lantern.
“AREVA is always excited to get involved with activities involving youth within the Kivalliq region. This event is especially important to us, as workers with a science-based background will make up a sizeable portion of AREVA’s Kiggavik workforce. It just makes sense for us to help the schools with developing an interest in the field early on,” said Barry McCallum, AREVA’s Manager of Nunavut Affairs.
On Thursday, September 5, AREVA Resources Canada employees and various contractors departed from the Kiggavik exploration camp to their homes from all over Canada. The beginning of September was a busy time for the Kiggavik team, as the drills had to be put into storage on-site, and the core shacks and other buildings around camp were winterized. Local helpers assisted biologists with their aquatic work during the final weeks of the season. After most contractors left site, two local helpers also remained on site to assist with the closing of camp.
As of September 9, the camp closure and demobilization of everyone was complete. “Closing the camp is bittersweet as it was such a productive and enjoyable season. With a total of 10,593 meters drilled in 39 drill holes, and ground geophysics conducted on ten grid areas for a total of 463 km, the season can certainly be considered a great success,” said Kiggavik SHEQ Supervisor Naomi Stumborg.
AREVA was proud to hire 17 local Inuit employees for this past season’s program, four of which were graduates of the Arviat Drillers Program. It was an exciting season, and AREVA looks forward to the upcoming 2014 program!