Bécancour, December 13, 2023 – The Nemaska Lithium project reaches a new milestone with the publication of the results of its voluntary environmental and social study. Produced specifically for its lithium hydroxide production plant in Bécancour, the report presents nine issues identified during two years of consultation with the community. The study includes over a hundred mitigation measures and more than a dozen programs and action plans to implement them. This concludes the company’s innovative social approach.
More accessible online information
Nemaska Lithium’s participatory online platform has been revamped to keep pace with the plant’s construction phase. This platform will now serve as an information point for community members wishing to find out more about current and future work. The platform will also serve as a gateway for managing construction-related reports. It will also give citizens the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the project and the mitigation initiatives in place.
Solid collaboration with the community
Nemaska Lithium has set up a liaison committee to maintain a privileged channel of dialogue and transparency with its host communities. The committee will be made up of citizens, as well as representatives from the municipality of Bécancour, the W8banaki Nation and various key organizations in the Centre-du-Québec region. This initiative will enable the community to actively contribute to the continuous improvement of Nemaska Lithium’s operations.
Due to the large number of citizen applications received, Nemaska Lithium held a self-appointment meeting with candidates on December 7, so that they could determine their representatives on the Committee. A first meeting of the Liaison Committee is scheduled for early 2024. It will be possible to follow the Committee’s work, including access to presentations and meeting minutes, on the online platform at www.consultationsnemaskalithium.com/comite-de-liaison.
Nemaska Lithium also aims to set up a liaison committee with the W8banaki Nation. This committee should be set up in 2024.
“Nemaska Lithium can be proud of the outcome of this process. The goal was to be proactive and transparent with the communities, so that our project could be built in close partnership with the community. The liaison committee we have created will also ensure continuity in this collaboration. We want to do more than draw up action plans; we want to ensure that concrete actions are put in place to meet people’s expectations.”
– Vincent Perron, Senior Director, Environment and Stakeholder Relations
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