In 2015, Raglan Mine, our nickel asset in northern Quebec, renewed its commitment to environmental stewardship, social responsibility and corporate governance by updating its tailings policy. This ensures our tailings facilities are managed responsibly in accordance with the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. Raglan has implemented a robust management framework for tailings and associated
infrastructure, and pledged to:
- Consult stakeholders in the development of new tailings management commitments
- Allocate all resources needed to support the framework
- Build awareness of the policy and its commitments among employees
- Apply the Mining Association of Canada’s guide on tailings management
- Regularly revise its continuous improvement policy and commitments
- Devise an effective tool for evaluating and tracking progress against the policy
In 2005, we established the Raglan Steering Committee, a multidisciplinary team selected for their specific knowledge, experience and reputation, to study the long-term effects of climate change on tailings management and reclamation. They have ensured that our existing mine tailings reclamation process meets the needs of both Raglan and current environmental standards and regulations. However, this process was developed during Raglan’s early years, at a time when anthropogenic climate change was not widely recognised.
It is now generally accepted that there will be geographical impacts from climate change that make it possible that northern Quebec may lose some or all of its permafrost layer within the next 200 to 300 years. As our current reclamation strategy relies on the permafrost, we need to revise it. This will involve selecting the best possible terrain covering, and developing a robust and sustainable reclamation process to ensure that our reclamation efforts remain effective for years after Raglan Mine has gone.
Sound environmental management is a priority for Raglan; it is committed to minimising its environmental impact and demonstrating leadership in key areas of environmental management. There is more information in Raglan’s Towards Sustainable Mining Progress Report 2014 at www.mining.ca.