The Federal Review Panel (the Panel) responsible for reviewing the New Prosperity GoldCopper Mine project has completed its review of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submitted by Taseko Mines Ltd. (Taseko) on September 26, 2012. The Panel also reviewed and considered all comments received from the various participants as part of the 45-day public review and comment period.
Based on its own review and on the comments received, the Panel has determined that additional information is required to support and supplement the information provided in the EIS and to fulfill the requirements of the EIS Guidelines issued in March 2012. Attached to this letter is a list of information requests and the rationale for the requested information. This list of information requests is in addition to the information request on cumulative effects assessments (IR 1) submitted by the Panel on November 26, 2012. The Panel requests that Taseko provide the requested information in a complete and timely manner. For planning purposes, the Panel would also appreciate receiving an indication of the time you expect will be required to respond to all the information requests.
The Panel is of the view that the additional information requested is necessary for the Panel to determine if the EIS is sufficient to proceed to public hearing. Once all the requested information is submitted, the Panel will determine whether there is a need to provide a 15-day public comment period based on the additional information provided, or to proceed to scheduling the public hearing.