Share your ideas: Magino Gold Mine Project, pre-consultation on proposed amendments to the Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations
Magino Gold Mine Project, Ontario
Current status: Open
Consultations began in November 2018 and are expected to end in July 2019.
The Government of Canada is seeking comments from Indigenous groups and the public on proposed amendments to Schedule 2 of the Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations (the Regulations). The amendments would list water bodies frequented by fish located within the footprint of the Project’s tailings management facility. The regulatory amendments if approved, would authorize the use of the water bodies for mine waste disposal.
In fall 2018, public consultation sessions took place in Wawa and Dubreuilville. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has also engaged First Nations in the consultations on the proposed amendments to Schedule 2 of the Regulations.
About the Magino Gold Mine Project
Prodigy Gold Inc. (the Proponent) is proposing to develop an open-pit gold mine located in Finan Township, approximately 10 kilometres (km) southeast of the Town of Dubreuilville and 40 km northeast of Wawa, Ontario.
About the consultation
The Proponent proposes to use waters frequented by fish for mine waste disposal, which can only be authorized by amending the Regulations to list the water bodies to Schedule 2, consequently designating them as tailings impoundment areas.
The Proponent is required to develop and implement a Fish Habitat Compensation Plan to offset the loss of fish habitat that would result from the waterbodies being used for mine waste disposal.
The proposed amendments to list certain waterbodies to Schedule 2 of the Regulations and related consultations are based on two key reports prepared by the Proponent; the Alternative Assessment Report and the Fish Habitat Compensation Plan.
These reports are available online and can be requested by email at the email found under Contact us.
Comments on the two reports must be provided in writing and be submitted by the end of July 2019.
Environment and Climate Change Canada is also consulting on the potential application of the Streamlining the Approvals Process for Metal Mines with Tailings Impoundment Areas in order to reduce approval timelines associated with the proposed changes to the Regulations. Subject to Governor in Council approval, the Streamlining Policy would exempt these proposed changes from pre-publication in Part I of the Canada Gazette.
Join in: how to participate
To learn how we will protect your privacy during this consultation, please carefully review our privacy statement.
Comments and concerns regarding the Assessment of Alternatives Report and the Fish Habitat Compensation Plan may be submitted by regular mail or e-mail.
Who is the focus of this consultation
ECCC would like to hear from:
- Indigenous peoples
- provincial, territorial and local governments
- industry stakeholders and association members
- non-governmental organizations
- general public
- Alternative Assessment Report (prepared by the proponent)
- Fish Habitat Compensation Plan (prepared by the proponent)
- Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations
- Fisheries Act
- Guidelines for the assessment of alternatives for mine waste disposal
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Manager, Mining Section
Mining and Processing Division
351 boul. St-Joseph, 11th floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3
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