Planning for the eventual decommissioning of a
mining operation is extremely important in order to minimize adverse
environmental effects and financial liabilities. This is an area where our
expertise in areas such as Metal Leaching/Acid Rock Drainage, geochemical
modelling, environmental assessment and mine auditing is extremely helpful to
clients challenged with the development of the most appropriate closure
strategy for their operation.
Closure planning issues vary with the type of
mine (precious metal, base metal, uranium, diamond, coal), with the stage of
mine development (greenfield site versus existing mine) and with climate (arid,
temperate, wet). SENES has participated in closure planning at all stages of
mine development, from prefeasibility through operations through
rehabilitation, at sites all over Canada and the world. This experience allows
us to quickly and efficiently determine what the key closure considerations
will be for a particular site. SENES is well versed in the specific
requirements of Ontario's Mining Act with respect to closure planning, and has
successfully completed numerous Closure Plans across the province.
Prior to development of a mining operation is
an ideal time to utilize the resources available at SENES. This is a time when
decisions are made that can have large financial and environmental impacts in
the future. Through the completion of numerous assessments, SENES is well
positioned to help mine operators make decisions that will minimize the
potential for financial and environmental impacts. Similarly, for mines that
are already in operation, our experience with rehabilitation at numerous
operational and closed sites may also be useful.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any
questions regarding closure planning or if you are interested in assistance
with any closure planning issues you may have. We can provide anything from a
brief review of an existing closure plan, to advice on a specific closure
issue, through to a complete closure plan.