Canadian Mining Journal


IRON ORE: Tata’s Howse mine gets environmental okay

Location of the Howse iron ore deposit. (Image: Tata Steel Minerals Canada)

LABRADOR – Montreal-based Tata Steel Minerals Canada (TSMC) has successfully applied for federal environmental approval for its Howse direct shipping iron ore project 25 km northwest of Schefferville, Que. The federal government has determined that the project can proceed and is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

As part of the decision, 109 legally binding conditions have been imposed. These include mitigation measures and follow-up requirements that must be met throughout the life of the project.

Development involves an open pit mine that would produce 46 million tonnes of ore over a period of 15 years. The ore will be trucked to the existing crushing and screening plant at the DSO 3 processing complex, and then railed to Sept-Iles for shipment to Tata’s European steel mills.

Besides the pit at the mine site, stockpiles and waste rock piles will be established.

TSMC is a joint venture of India’s Tata Steel (80%) and New Millennium Iron Corp. (20%) of Montreal. Visit