For the first time, the Yukon Government has sent an assessment by the territory's environmental screening agency back for consideration.
The report by the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board recommended the Mactung mine proposal be approved with conditions, but the government says not enough attention was paid to the impact on affected First Nations, especially the Na-Cho Nyak Dun and the Liard First Nation.
North American Tungsten is applying to build a tungsten mine in the MacMilllan Pass area on the Yukon-Northwest Territories Border.
The government also has questions about the company’s plans for mine tailings.
Ken McKinnon, an executive committee member for YESAB, said the government’s decision was not particularly controversial.
“[It] just encourages the executive committee to reconsider,” he says, pointing out that the government accepted most of the aspects included in their recommendation.
“We just take that information, and see what the public comments are and make it part of the screening report,” McKinnon says.
McKinnon says there will be another 21 day public comment period.
Then the board has another 21 days to make changes to its report.