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Saline Effluent Discharge to Marine Environment, Rankin Inlet, Meliadine Gold Mine, Nunavut (149337)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: Jamie Quesnel
Company: Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Schedule:
Start Date: 2021-09-15
End Date: 2027-12-31
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Refer to full Project Description provided under Project Documents tab. Groundwater and water affected by the underground workings will be pumped to Salt Treatment Plant at the Meliadine MIne for Total Suspended Solids (TSS) treatment, trucked to Rankin Inlet, stored in an unheated tank at the Itivia Harbour and discharged into ocean via pipe and diffuser that will be constructed on the shore of Itivia Harbour.
Summary of Modifications:
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (Agnico Eagle) is currently operating the Meliadine Gold Mine (Mine), located approximately 25 kilometres north of Rankin Inlet, and 80 km southwest of Chesterfield Inlet in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. Situated on the western shore of Hudson Bay, the Mine site is located on a peninsula between the east, south, and west basins of Meliadine Lake (63°1’23.8’’ N, 92°13’6.42W), on Inuit Owned Lands. The Mine Plan includes the development of the Tiriganiaq gold deposit, with two open pits (Tiriganiaq Pit 1 and Tiriganiaq Pit 2) and one Underground Mine. There are four phases to the development of the Mine; 4 years of construction (2015 to 2019), 9 years of Mine operation (2019 to 2027), 3 years of closure (2028 to 2030), and post-closure (2031 forwards). Mining facilities in the Project Certificate (No. 006) and permitted Nunavut Water Board Type A Water Licence (No. 2AM-MEL1631, 2016) include a plant site and accommodation buildings, three ore stockpiles, a temporary overburden stockpile, a tailings storage facility, three waste rock storage facilities, a water management system that includes containment ponds, water diversion channels, retention dikes/berms, and a Water Treatment Plant. On October 31, 2018, the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) recommended to the minister that Project Certificate No.006 be amended with revisions to Terms and Conditions to include trucking of underground saline water and discharge into Melvin Bay by Rankin Inlet. In January 2019, the minister accepted NIRB’s recommendation. Agnico Eagle is proposing certain water management modifications for the purpose of accommodating saline groundwater volumes that will be encountered during mining. Specifically, Agnico Eagle proposes the following changes to the current saline effluent discharge components: •convey water from the mine site to Melvin Bay using a waterline to be installed along the existing right-of-way of the existing AWAR and bypass roads, rather than the current trucking method (noting this was an option identified in the Project Final Environmental Impact Statement, 2014 (FEIS)), and; •replace and update current discharge line and engineered diffuser (running from Itivia into Melvin Bay for marine discharge) using directional drilling method to reduce impacts of tides and ice on pipe and reduce visual impact. The following components will remain similar to the Approved Project: •if required, water treated for ammonia and Total Suspended Solids at site prior to transportation to Melvin Bay; •existing saline water storage tank at the Itivia Fuel Storage Facility in Rankin Inlet will continue to be used; •water will be discharged during the open water season (i.e. June to October, identified in consultation with the HTO); •water will be discharged in a controlled manner through a diffuser to minimize impact on the environment. •water will be required to meet the Canadian federal end-of-pipe discharge criteria (Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations – or MDMER). Note for the Project Schedule category: - Installation of the northern half of the waterline ( Km 17 to 34 ) from August 1 2020 to November 15 2020 - Installation of the remainder of the waterline ( Km 0 to 17) from April 1 2021 to June 30 2021. - Horizontal Diamond Drilling diffuser installation from July 15 2021 to September 15 2021.
Personnel:
Persons: 24
Days: 360
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6208 point
6209 point Storage Tank Coordinates, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
6210 polygon Saline Effluent Discharge to Marine Environment, Rankin Inlet, Meliadine Gold Mine, Nunavut
6211 polygon Waterline_Proposed_b15m
Planning Regions:
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Municipal
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Marine-Based Activities
Mine Development
Licensing Agencies
NIRB: NIRB Project Certificate
NWB: Type A Water Licence
KivIA: Production lease
KivIA: Exploration road right-of-way
KivIA: Water Compensation Agreement - road
KivIA: Water Compensation Agreement - main site
NWB: Bulk Sampling and exploration drilling water license
NIRB: Screening decision (bulk)
GN-DOE: Land lease, laydown Itivia
GN-EDT: Right-of-way lease bypass road km 1-2
GN-CGS: 0
GN-CGS: 0
INAC: Surface Leases/Licences
DFO: 0
TC: 0
KivIA: Quarry Permit
KivIA: Quarry Permit
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
HDPE Fuser 4 - Fuse waterline
Telehandler or boom truck 2 - Fuse waterline
Tractor 2 - Fuse waterline
Flatbed truck 2 - Fuse waterline
Light vehicule 6 - Fuse waterline + horizontal diamond drilling and diffuser installation
Drill 1 - Horizontal diamond drilling
Excavator 1 - Horizontal diamond drilling and diffuser installation
Boat 2 - Horizontal diamond drilling and diffuser installation
Decompression chamber 1 - Horizontal diamond drilling and diffuser installation
Compressor 3 - Horizontal diamond drilling and diffuser installation
Generator 2 - Horizontal diamond drilling and diffuser installation
Crane 1 - Horizontal diamond drilling and diffuser installation
Boom truck 1 - Horizontal diamond drilling and diffuser installation
Water tank 1 - Horizontal diamond drilling and diffuser installation
Welding machine 3 - Horizontal diamond drilling and diffuser installation
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 0 0 Cubic Meters Horizontal diamond drilling. Fuel will be taken at approved Meliadine Mine site facility or Rankin Inlet town fuel storage facility. No container will be brought to the construction site.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Not applicable 0 0 Cubic Meters NA
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
18 Water coming from Meliadine site approved water sources Meliadine Lake
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Predicted environmental impacts are incorporated into Appendix B of the Letter enclosed with this application. To be entered into the Waste Management Section (unable to enter it). In total 25 t of drilling mud will be produced for the horizontal diamond drilling activity. Mud will be recovered and appropriately disposed of. No treatment proposed.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
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Recieved: 2020-03-17
Originator: Jamie Quesnel
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KEEWATIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.
YES

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.
YES

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.
YES

Low Level Air Flights:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?
YES

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?
YES

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified
YES

ARCHEOLOGY
Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?
YES

MINING DEVELOPMENT
Mining Development:
s3.4.4: Is the proposal for mining development?
NO

PARTICULAR AREAS
Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?
NO

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary
NO

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
NO
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
YES
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?
YES

PARTICULAR ACTIVITIES

Uranium Development and Mining:
s3.4.5, s3.4.6: Does the project proposal involve either uranium development or uranium mining?
NO


New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?
NO

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.
YES