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Greater Sudbury

City Welcomes Next Phase of Cliffs Natural Resources Assessment

Released Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The City of Greater Sudbury is pleased with the announcement from Cliffs Natural Resources that they have moved to feasibility, with Sudbury as the location for the ferrochrome processing facility.

'I am very pleased Cliffs has chosen to move forward to the feasibility stage in our community. We are the ideal location for the Ferrochrome Production Facility and we welcome Cliffs as they work towards their final business decision,” said Mayor Marianne Matichuk. 'Greater Sudbury is open for business, and I am looking forward to working alongside Cliffs to assist them with any further requirements to ensure the project can get off the ground in an efficient and timely manner.”
 
Cliffs' decision solidifies the City of Greater Sudbury's position as a global mining and mineral processing centre, with a strong and strategic location from a transportation perspective. City staff has worked closely with Cliffs over the last year, and will continue to provide whatever information is required for Cliffs to complete the study.

'This announcement emphasizes the strong and strategic position of the North as an engine motor for economic growth, which was ultimately the focus for all communities wanting to call their city home to this facility,” said Scott Lund, Chair of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation. 'What's good for any of our cities is good for the North.”
 
Cliffs has selected the former Moose Mountain Mine site, located 21 kilometres north of Capreol, as the site for the feasibility study. Cliffs' announcement means that they are now moving to a more detailed analysis of the project with Sudbury as the location. Cliffs is currently working on the federal and provincial environmental assessment processes as one of the next steps in the feasibility study.

'This is very exciting news – this was the first big step in the process, and we're now focusing on the next one,” said Mr. Lund. 'It's important to note that the Cliffs project is complex, as it not only involves the construction of a ferrochrome processing facility, but also a mine and transportation network and a pre-processing facility. There is a lot of work still to be done. We're looking forward to continuing to work with Cliffs as they complete their due diligence in this significant endeavour, and with our partners in the North.”

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Media Contact:
Shannon Dowling, Corporate Communications
City of Greater Sudbury, 705-674-4455 ext. 2539