Yesterday, our Manager Nunavut Affairs, Barry, was happy to attend some of the Nunavut Day celebrations in Baker Lake. He particularly enjoyed watching the Inuit games and spending time witht Mayor Joedee Joedee, MLA Simeon Mikkungwak and some of the Elders. Once again, as we have for many years, AREVA was happy to sponsor some of the entertainment and attend the celebrations. Many thanks to the residents of Baker Lake for a great Nunavut Day!
On May 8, 2015 the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) issued a recommendation that the proposed Kiggavik project not be approved at this time. NIRB clarified that the intention was not for the project to not proceed at any time but suggested the proposal be resubmitted at a future date when the project’s start date is more certain. The NIRB recommendation is before the federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development for a decision to accept, reject, or return the report to the NIRB for more consideration.
AREVA disagrees with the NIRB recommendation to not provide an environmental assessment (EA) approval for the Kiggavik project at this time. As supported by the Final Environmental Assessment Statement and submissions of federal authorities at the NIRB Final hearing, there are no significant unresolvable environmental issues in the proposed Kiggavik project.
Obtaining EA approval for projects in advance of a certain development date enables companies to capitalize on favorable market conditions when they exist. Having the EA approval in hand shortens the post-EA regulatory process to licensing and allows a project to proceed to development and operation in a more timely fashion. If the Minister rejects the recommendation and approval is received, the Kiggavik project will be more likely to receive approval from shareholders to proceed to development when market conditions are favorable.
The EA for the Kiggavik project took place over eight years and included intensive engagement, IQ workshops and integration, technical studies, and review by responsible authorities and many interested parties. AREVA has followed the process outlined in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) and continues to do so. AREVA respects Nunavummiut, the NLCA, and the authority of the NIRB. We have generally found all participants in the review to be highly professional and competent and believe it is responsible for us to publically raise our concerns for consideration in the final decision.
Ultimately, we are not the decision-makers but we are asserting that the environmental assessment for the Kiggavik project is sound and the approval should therefore be provided. Being a welcomed and productive part of the region is important to AREVA and these values do not change when we express disagreement with a regulatory process, recommendation, or decision.
The Nunavut Impact Review Board-led final hearing for the proposed Kiggavik Project ended on Saturday, March 14, 2015. After over six years of public and regulatory review and a 12-day final public hearing, the proceedings concluded with final closing statements (Transcript Volume 11 March 14, 2015) by Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Kivalliq Inuit Association, Government of Nunavut, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada, Hamlet of Baker Lake, Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organization, Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board, Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit, Paula Kigjugalik Hughson, AREVA Resources Canada, Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) Panel and Board Staff. The final comments by community members are found in Transcript Volume 10 starting on page 2242.
On Thursday April 24, the NIRB communicated the final hearing report for its review of the proposed Kiggavik Project would be issued by Friday May 8, 2015.
The attached text is AREVA Resources Canada’s closing statements available HERE on NIRB’s transcripts site and starting on page 2375.
Attachment: Final Hearing Spoken AREVA Closing Statement
AREVA Celebrates 50 Years of Operations in Canada
OTTAWA, February 26, 2014 – AREVA is pleased to celebrate this year the 50th anniversary of its operations in Canada. AREVA employs more than 500 people located throughout several Canadian provinces and Nunavut that are engaged in developing a range of solutions for low-carbon power generation. In addition to being one of Canada’s leading uranium producers, AREVA provides services and engineering for Canadian nuclear reactors and manufactures radiation detection equipment.
“Our success is the product of the hard work and dedication over the years of our many employees and the support of their families and our host communities throughout Canada. AREVA is today making major investments in our operations in Canada to position ourselves for the next 50 years,” said Vincent Martin, president and CEO of AREVA Resources Canada.
“Over the past half century, AREVA has grown deep roots in the Canadian nuclear industry. We are grateful to have the confidence of our customers and to provide them with a full range of nuclear products and services, both in Canada and worldwide,” said Jean-Francois Beland, executive vice president of AREVA Canada.
Read the full AREVA Celebrates 50 Years in Canada here.
Also check out the new 50th anniversary video here.