Approval & Acceptance

A mining project can take many years to develop, with several stages between the discovery of a mineral deposit and the eventual construction and operation of a mine. The Michelin Project is at an eploration stage. We have identified a significant uranium resource in our project area and our focus for the next several years will be on exploration and resource growth.  This will include drilling, prospecting, mapping, geophysical surveys and upgrades to our Michelin camp.  Aurora’s longer term goal is development of a mine at the Michelin site, subject to economic viability, acceptance and regulatory approval.

Importantly, Aurora must gain acceptance from the people of Labrador and regional and federal governments.  Community members must be satisfied that any impacts will be minimized and that the mine will provide meaningful benefits.  Aurora's goal is to ensure that the people of Nunatsiavut and Labrador are fully informed about the exploration activities, planned work programs, health, safety and environmental impacts, and future mine development.

 

Regulatory Timeline

The development, operation and closure of any uranium mine in Canada is highly regulated. Government regulators guide and oversee this process. It is estimated that an Environmental Assessment would take three years for approval, and another three years would be needed for construction before production could commence. Construction would include a 140 km long road and power line, mine facilities and a small port. The Michelin mine life is currently estimated at 17 to 20 years.

Key regulatory steps and project activities are shown below.

Please click on the boxes or milestones below for more information on each step.

 

Environmental Assessment Process

Approval from the Nunatsiavut Government, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Federal Government and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) is needed before Aurora can build a mine at Michelin. This approval, known as the Environmental Assessment (EA) process, ensures an open, balanced review of the project and strengthens the quality of the assessment.  We look to community members to share local and traditional knowledge of the project's physical site with us. This information is viewed by Aurora as key to identifying potential environmental impacts so that they can be addressed and mitigated.

Under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act of 2012 (CEA-Act, 2012) the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will take the lead in the federal EA process, in addition to its usual role in licensing. CNSC will co-ordinate the EA process(es) with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Nunatsiavut Government, who also have to approve any plans for development before Aurora receives the final approval to go ahead with mining.

Please visit the CNSC website for more information: http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/eng/