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TORONTO, July 6, 2012 - Innovation Metals Corp. (“IMC”) today announced the submission of a Project Notice to the Province of Quebec, kick-starting the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for the company’s future rare-earth element separation facilities, to be located in Becancour, Quebec.
The Project Notice was submitted to the Ministere du Developpement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks) so that the provincial government can decide on the nature, area and scope of the environmental study to be conducted. IMC’s engineering consultants, GENIVAR Inc., are managing the EIA process.
“We hope to have completed the Environmental Impact Assessment and to receive the permit within 18 months,” commented Patrick Wong, CEO of IMC. “This will allow us enough time to complete our comprehensive plans for a plant that produces very little waste. IMC is committed to fostering a sustainable and clean environment, and we envisage our approach becoming a benchmark for future such facilities.”
The Becancour Waterfront Industrial Park was chosen last month as the future home of the IMC facility, which will focus on the production of critical rare earths, after an extensive site-selection process. Operated by the Province of Quebec, the industrial park is situated on a major highway on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River, approximately halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. In addition to access to cheap hydroelectricity and deep-water port facilities with full year-round access, the industrial park is also home to a leading industrial producer of hydrochloric acid and caustic soda, two key chemicals used in the rare-earth separation process.
“We look forward to working with Province of Quebec as we move the project forward,” said Gareth Hatch, President of IMC. “We are also in active discussions with a number of potential future rare-earth producers, who have expressed strong interest in our plans at Becancour since they were announced last month.”
About Innovation Metals Corp.
Innovation Metals Corp. (“IMC”) is a private Canadian-based company founded in 2011. IMC’s goal is to alleviate the bottleneck that has formed in the rare-earth supply chain, through the creation of the world’s first independent, centralized rare-earth separation facilities, to be located in Becancour, Quebec. The company intends to bridge the gap between producers and end users via the creation of a Consortium, through which it will provide low-cost material tolling programs to producers, and assuring security of supply for end users and sovereign governments. IMC is also developing innovative trading platforms, to further increase the opportunities within the rare-earth sector for traders.
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