Access to Ring of Fire top priority for Noront; work continues on assessing Sault and Timmins – by Elaine Della-Mattia (Sault Star/Sudbury Star – January 24, 2019)

Without a road, Noront Resources cannot access the minerals found in the Ring of Fire. And that means moving forward too quickly on a processing facility is also not necessary.

So, the silence surrounding any decision by Noront Resources as to whether Sault Ste. Marie or Timmins will be the eventual host of a ferrochrome processing facility is nothing to panic about.

Mayor Christian Provenzano says he, along with Tom Vair, the city’s deputy CEO of community development and enterprise and EDC’s Dan Hollingsworth, met with Noront Resources officials in Toronto last Friday to get an update and offer any assistance.

“Noront is working with the province and, at this stage, the decision on the road is critical for their next steps,” Provenzano said. “Once they receive some clarity from the province on the timeline, they’ll be in a better position to finish off their selection process.”

Ultimately, the facility Noront builds will be conditional upon infrastructure constructed to the Ring of Fire. While the public may not see or hear a lot of action in the forefront from either Noront or elected officials, it doesn’t mean work isn’t being done behind the scenes.

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