Toxics/National Pollutant Release Inventory

Vendredi, août 8, 2014

On August 5, approximately 10 billion litres of wastewater and 5 billion litres of solid tailings waste escaped the impoundment at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine in the interior of British Columbia. This is our effort to synthesize the many reports and commentaries that have come out during the first four days following the spill, and to answer some of the questions we’ve been getting from media and the public.

Mercredi, juillet 23, 2014

On July 17 MiningWatch received a response from mining company HudBay to our July 10, 2014 news release and brief: Canadian Mining Watchdog Warns Arizonans of HudBay Minerals’ Poor Track Record on Pollution and Human Rights. In its letter HudBay provides additional contextual information regarding the concerns we raise about its Manitoba operations and disputes the facts we presented about the violence at the company's former operation in Guatemala.

Lundi, mars 3, 2014

In September 2013, MiningWatch's Canada Program Coordinator, Ramsey Hart travelled to the Yukon. The trip north gave him the opportunity to hear Yukoners’ stories - their concerns and their vision of a sustainable future. During his Yukon trip Ramsey met with representatives from three First Nations, activists, and affected community members. Ramsey conducted five video interviews that cover a wide range of issues including the Peel Watershed, abandoned mines being re-developed at Keno City, Kluane National Park, the free entry system and more.

Mercredi, décembre 18, 2013

First Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are concerned that the Alberta Government and Sherritt International continue to downplay the effects of the release of 670-million litres of coal mine wastes into the Athabasca River watershed and that the federal government has remained silent on the spill.

Vendredi, novembre 15, 2013

News release: On October 31, an impoundment holding a slurry of waste from Sherritt International’s Obed Mountain coal mine failed, releasing approximately 670 million litres of waste into the Athabasca River watershed.

Mardi, octobre 4, 2011

The Theory and Practice of Perpetual Care of Contaminated SitesIn fall 2010, Alternatives North hired Dr. Joan Kuyek to do a study. Giant Mine in Yellowknife has 237,000 tonnes of arsenic trioxide to take care of. There is a plan to freeze this arsenic, so it can’t leak out and hurt the people and the land. For the Environmental Assessment of this plan, Alternatives North asked for a study of how contaminants are managed in other places.

Mercredi, février 2, 2011

News release: A crucial vote on whether to extend the debate of the Environmental Bill of Rights Act is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3rd. The Bill has been working its way through Parliament for a number of years now, and is a only few amendments away from completion and a third reading vote.

Mardi, août 10, 2010

Joint news release with Ecojustice and Great Lakes United: New data released Friday in response to a lawsuit won last year by Ecojustice, on behalf of Great Lakes United and MiningWatch Canada, is beginning to shine a light on the toxic legacy of Canada's mining and tar sands industries. Unfortunately, despite a lawsuit and a government order to report pollutant releases, some facilities have failed to comply.

Mardi, février 23, 2010

The creation of large volumes of waste, including solids, liquid effluents, and air emissions, is a fact of life for mining and mineral processing operations. Depending on the minerals’ natural geology and how they are processed these wastes can often be hazardous to the environment and human health. Solid wastes including waste rock and tailings are, by volume, the most significant waste generated by mining and mineral processing. Solid wastes are typically in the tens to hundreds of millions of tons of waste for a single mine. A rough estimate of Canadian production is 2 million tonnes a day. Based on information available from the U.S., it is safe to assume that mining in Canada generates a greater volume of toxic waste than any other industry in the country.

Jeudi, juin 4, 2009

Until April 2009, most of the pollutants caused by extractive phase of mining were not included in the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI).

The exemption for mining was for activities related to the actual removal of ore, rock or overburden, up to and including primary crushing. Releases and transfers of NPRI substances produced in the processing of rock ore, such as milling, concentrating, smelting and refining, are reportable.