The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is to review an environmental authority application for the USD 350 million Crown Mountain metallurgical coal project in British Columbia. The application was submitted to the IAAC by the project’s main proponent Jameson Resources after four years of detailed technical evaluation to assess the potential impact of the project over its lifespan from development, operation, and closure to rehabilitation. The EA application has been developed to meet the requirements of the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office & IAAC’s environmental impact statement guidelines. Jameson Resources chairman Nicole Hollows said “The submission of the EA application is a major milestone for progress of the project and further supports the International Energy Agency’s assessment that Crown Mountain is the most advanced steelmaking coal development project in Canada.”Crown Mountain will be jointly assessed by British Columbian and Canadian government regulators.The project is for a 3.7 million ton per year open pit mine in British Columbia’s Elk Valley region to produce hard coking coal over a lifespan of 16 years for shipment through Vancouver’s coal terminal on Canada’s west coast. Jameson Resources has a 77.8% interest in NWP Coal Canada, a company with a 90% stake in the Crown Mountain project, and New Zealand coal producer Bathurst Resources has a 22.2% stake. The company said its portfolio of coal tenements in British Columbia is mostly located adjacent to existing mines for met coal and export routes including rail corridors to port facilities.