Avanti Mining Inc. (TSXV:AVT) received notice from the British Columbia Environment Assessment Office that the Kitsault Mine Project has been referred to the Ministers of Environment and Mines, Energy and Natural Gas for consideration to approve an Environmental Assessment Certificate. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans also gave the Company notice that the project would not require listing under Schedule 2 of the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations.
As quoted in the press release:
Avanti received notification on March 1, 2013 that the Associate Deputy Minister and Executive Director of the EAO referred the proposed Project to Ministers Lake (MOE) and Coleman (MENG) for their decision. Consistent with section 17 of the Environmental Assessment Act, a decision must be made within 45 days (April 15, 2013) unless the time is extended under section 24(4). Ministers can issue an EAC, refuse to issue an EAC or order that further assessment be carried out, in accordance with the scope, procedures and methods specified by ministers.
Avanti also received notification from the Regional Manager of the DFO on March 1, 2013, that the project would not require a listing under Schedule 2 of the MMER. This modifies a prior January 21, 2013 determination, based on additional information provided to DFO since that time. DFO has determined the projects Tailings Impoundment Facility (TIF) will not utilize waters frequented by fish.
Avanti Mining Inc. President and CEO, Craig J. Nelsen said:
This is a milestone day for Avanti in the advancement of the Kitsault Mine EA and permitting requirements. We have been working for over 16 months since we submitted our EA Application with the agencies to get to the point where it can be decided by the ministers. We are confident that we have provided sufficient mitigation and accommodation during the EA process that the project should receive approval at this time.