Recommendation from the Norwegian Environment Agency in connection with the Engebø rutile project
The Norwegian Environment Agency has today published its recommendation to the Ministry of Climate and Environment in connection with the ongoing decision process related to the industrial area plan for the Engebø rutile project. Please see www.miljodirektoratet.no for further information.
The Agency recommends that the industrial area plan is not approved. The Agency’s recommendation is based on a view that the planned tailings disposal in the Førdefjord will have negative effects for possible spawning ground for blue ling and possible nursery area for greyfish, and uncertainty related to migration routes for cod and eel. In the opinion of the Agency, the sea disposal will be in conflict with Norway’s responsibilities for protection of the diversity of natural species.
The Environment Agency concludes that the tailings will deposit as planned within the disposal area, and that the tailings deposit will have limited impact on marine organisms outside the disposal area.
The Environment Agency has not considered the Engebø rutile project from other perspectives than environmental. The Agency underscores that the evaluation of all aspects of the Engebø project, including industrial, local and other effects for the society, will be considered by the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation (“KMD”). KMD has requested input in the decision process from the Ministry of Industry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Climate and Environment.
CEO Ivar S. Fossum comments: “We are highly surprised of the argumentation and views presented from the Environment Agency. In our view the Agency’s conclusion is based on vague information and, to a large extent, speculations. We cannot see that the conclusion has an anchoring in the comprehensive documentation we have presented in connection with the environmental impact assessment and the supplementary information recently submitted. The Agency’s arguments are strange on the background of the request for supplementary information we received last year from the Ministry of Climate and Environment. We will strongly argue against the Agency’s recommendation.”
For further information please contact CEO Ivar S. Fossum, telephone +47 93096850.
Oslo, 4 November 2014
Nordic Mining ASA
Nordic Mining ASA (www.nordicmining.com)
Nordic Mining ASA (“Nordic Mining” or “the Company”) is a resource company with focus on high-end industrial minerals and metals in Norway and internationally. The Company’s project portfolio is of a high international standard and holds a significant economic potential. The Company’s assets are mainly in the Nordic region.
Through the subsidiary Nordic Rutile AS Nordic Mining is undertaking large-scale project development at Engebøfjellet in Sogn and Fjordane where the Company has rights to a substantial eclogite deposit with rutile and garnet. Nordic Mining has rights for exploration and production of high-purity quartz in Kvinnherad in Hordaland and develops the project through its subsidiary Nordic Quartz AS. Nordic Mining’s associated company Keliber Oy in Finland plans to start mining of lithium bearing spodumene and production of lithium carbonate. Nordic Mining holds exploration rights in the Øksfjord region in Troms and Finnmark where the Company has discovered a prospective area of sulphide mineralisation. Through the subsidiary Nordic Ocean Resources AS, Nordic Mining is exploring opportunities related to seabed mineral resources.
Nordic Mining is listed on Oslo Axess.