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RCE SK Response to Provincial Ministry Decision on Yancoal Mine

Update on Government of SK Response to RCE SK Yancoal Submission

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

You will recall that RCE Saskatchewan has to date made two submissions to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in response to its request for public input on the proposed Yancoal Southey Potash Mine's Environmental Impact Study (EIS). Please see attached the most recent response from the Hon. Herb Cox, Minister of Environment, to RCE Saskatchewan's latest letter (which is also attached for your reference). The original RCE Saskatchewan submission can be found on our website:

http://www.saskrce.ca/node/2573

While the RCE is disappointed that there will not be a hearing under section 14(1) of the Saskatchewan Environmental Assessment Act to gather what we see as important additional information needed to assess the proposed project, we will continue to keep you informed of our next steps as an RCE. Again, thank you to Dr. Garth Pickard and Dr. Ray Ambrosi for their good work on all of this.

Sincerely,

Roger Petry, Co-coordinator
RCE Saskatchewan

Global RCE Award Certificate Received for RCE SK Flagship Project

You will find attached a copy of the certificate from the United Nations University and accompanying letter that has just been received for the Global "RCE Recognition Award 2015". This award was given to the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN), a flagship project of RCE Saskatchewan. Congratulations to VSSN! Further information about VSSN can be found at the following website:

https://www.luthercollege.edu/university/academics/luther-programs/volun...

SK Ministry of Environment Reply to RCE SK Submission on Yancoal EIS

Dear RCE Saskatchewan Colleagues,

As you are aware from earlier correspondence, RCE Saskatchewan made a submission to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in response to its request for public input related to the proposed Yancoal potash mine near Southey. Attached please find the reply from the Minister of Environment, Hon. Herb Cox, to the RCE's submission. RCE Saskatchewan has since submitted a reply to the Minister's letter outlining concerns that were felt not to have been addressed in the Ministry's letter. This RCE reply is also attached below. Please note that the original RCE Saskatchewan submission on the Yancoal EIS can be found on the RCE Saskatchewan main website at:

http://www.saskrce.ca/node/2573

Thank you to Dr. Garth Pickard and Dr. Ray Ambrosi for their good work on these submissions as Co-coordinators of the RCE Saskatchewan Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group.

-Dr. Roger Petry, Co-coordinator, RCE Saskatchewan

Budget cuts ends 42 - year partnership between Province and humanitarian groups

This is very sad day for Saskatchewan's overseas work in sustainable development (see SCIC news release attached below).--Roger

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