Critical Elements Lithium has secured approval from the Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources for a rehabilitation and restoration plan relating to the Rose lithium-tantalum mining project in Canada.

The plan is a condition for the firm to secure the mining lease required to proceed with the project.

It includes details of the project’s rehabilitation and restoration work relating to and expected costs for completing the work.

Critical Elements CEO Jean-Sébastien Lavallée said: “We are very pleased with the decision regarding the rehabilitation and restoration plan for the Rose Lithium-Tantalum Project, which is a necessary step toward securing the mining lease.”

With the latest approval, the firm will provide the expected cost of completing the required work under the rehabilitation and restoration plan.

For the project, the firm has secured clearance from the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the recommendation of the Joint Assessment Committee.

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The committee included representatives from the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the Cree Nation Government.

Critical Elements is due to the complete provincial permitting process, the final remaining step in the approval for the project.

Located in the James Bay region of Quebec, the proposed project involves the construction, operation and decommissioning of an open-pit lithium and tantalum mine located 38km north of Nemaska, Quebec.

It includes an open pit, waste and tailings impoundment area, an industrial ore processing facility and the option of transforming concentrate off-site.

The project is estimated to have a production capacity of 4,500tpd of ore.