Critical Elements Lithium Receives Certificate of Authorization for the Rose Lithium-Tantalum Project in Quebec
MONTREAL, QC / ACCESSWIRE / November 2, 2022 / Critical Elements Lithium Corporation (TSX-V:CRE) (OTCQX:CRECF) (FSE:F12) ("Critical Elements" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that it has received the Certificate of Authorization ("CA") …
MONTREAL, QC / ACCESSWIRE / November 2, 2022 / Critical Elements Lithium Corporation (TSX-V:CRE) (OTCQX:CRECF) (FSE:F12) ("Critical Elements" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that it has received the Certificate of Authorization ("CA") pursuant to section 164 of Quebec's Environment Quality Act for the Rose Lithium-Tantalum Project ("Rose" or the "Project")) from the Quebec Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parcs. The issuance of the CA is an important milestone that will allow Critical Elements to advance project financing discussions to start mine construction following the issuance of the mining lease by the Quebec Minister of Natural Resources and Forests ("MNRF"). The Corporation was granted a positive federal decision on August 11, 2021, and therefore has now obtained all main environmental authorizations enabling it to move forward with the Rose Project. The Corporation also received the approval of the rehabilitation and restoration plan by the MNRF on May 13, 2022.
As per Chapter II of Quebec's Environment Quality Act, the Environmental and Social Impact Review Committee ("Committee" or "COMEX"), an independent body composed of members appointed by the governments of Quebec and the Cree Nation, was responsible for the assessment and review of the environmental and social Impacts of the Rose Project.
We are grateful to Government officials and employees involved in the authorization process under the supervision of the Committee, particularly in view of the exceptional circumstances in which the work was carried out in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also thank all the stakeholders, and particularly the Cree Nation stakeholders, who participated in the provincial process and thus helped improve the Project from both an environmental and social standpoint.
"We are very pleased with the decision regarding the Rose Lithium-Tantalum Environmental Assessment process. Critical Elements has made stakeholder relations a priority since the Corporation's inception. We are excited about the prospect of moving forward with our plans in the James Bay Eeyou Istchee region. Rose is an important project within the Eeyou Istchee James Bay territory and I would like to thank all parties involved and especially all the Eeyou Istchee Cree Nation for their dedication and hard work over the past 10 years to achieve this milestone," stated Jean-Sébastien Lavallée, CEO of Critical Elements.