The amended Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMERs) have been published in the Canada Gazette Part One, and the public comment period has closed. They will become final when published in the Canada Gazette Part Two.
One of the amendments to the MMERs adds two lakes in Newfoundland to Schedule 2, which redefines them as mine waste dumps (for environmentally toxic tailings). Both lakes currently provide habitat for trout and Atlantic salmon as well as otter and other species.
In response to the proposed amendments, the government received 47 submissions from individual Canadians, 11 from non-governmental organizations, and 4 from aboriginal organizations. All of these submissions protest the planned destruction of two lakes in Newfoundland by mine waste through their inclusion on Schedule 2.
Three independent fisheries and aquatic habitat experts also provided scathing critiques of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans assessments of these natural water bodies and of Environment Canada’s decision to include these lakes on Schedule 2.
Read MiningWatch’s submission to the government in response to the Gazetted regulations on our website.
Mining Projects Expected to Request Listing of Tailings Impoundment Areas (TIAs) on Schedule 2 of the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations
|Project/Mine Name||Proposed or Existing TIA Location||Province/Territory|
|1.||Kemess North Project||Proposed||British Columbia|
|2.||Red Chris||Proposed||British Columbia|
|7.||Yellowknife Gold||Proposed||Northwest Territories|
|8.||NICO Property||Proposed||Northwest Territories|
|9.||Damoti Lake||Proposed||Northwest Territories|
|10.||Wabush Mines||Existing (mine has a transitional authorization)||Newfoundland and Labrador|
|11.||Duck Pond||Proposed||Newfoundland and Labrador|
|12.||Iron Ore Company||Existing (mine has a transitional authorization)||Newfoundland and Labrador|
|13.||Mount Wright||Existing||Newfoundland and Labrador|
- source: Environment Canada