Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment

BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project

Howe Sound (BC)

April 28, 2010 (Updated January 3, 2012) -- Fisheries and Oceans Canada is required to ensure that a comprehensive study is conducted pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act commencing on April 27, 2010 in relation to the project: BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project.

On July 12, 2010, a series of amendments to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act came into force. As part of these amendments, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is playing an enhanced role in the environmental assessment of this project as it will perform the duties and functions of the responsible authority in relation to this project until the submission of the comprehensive study report to the Minister of the Environment.

BURNCO Rock Products Ltd. proposes to develop the BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project, formerly the McNab Valley Aggregate Project, a sand and gravel mine located on the northwest shore of Howe Sound, approximately 22 kilometres southwest of Squamish, British Columbia. The proposed Project has an expected mine life of 20-30 years with a production capacity of approximately 1-1.6 million tonnes per year.

An environmental assessment is required in relation to the project because Fisheries and Oceans Canada may take action in relation to subsection 35(2) of the Fisheries Act.

This project is also subject to the environmental assessment requirements of the Government of British Columbia.

As per the Cabinet Directive on Improving the Performance of the Regulatory System for Major Resource Projects, this environmental assessment has been identified as a major natural resource project. For additional information refer to the Major Projects Management Office's Tracker that monitors the progress of proposed major resource projects through the federal regulatory review system.

For further information on this environmental assessment, please contact:
BURNCO Aggregate Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Vivian Au, Project Manager
701 Georgia Street W, Suite 410
Vancouver  BC  V7Y 1C6
Telephone: 604-666-2431
Fax: 604-666-6990

and refer to Registry reference number 10-03-54754

Document Reference Number: 11

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