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2AM MEL1631 - Meliadine Mine Water Licence Amendment (149399)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Manon Turmel
Company: Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.
Schedule:
Start Date: 2019-07-01
End Date: 2027-12-31
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
Agnico Eagle is proposing changes to the approved project activities under Type A Water Licence 2AM-MEL1631. The proposed changes were all included in previous Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) and Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) previous determinations on the Meliadine Mine, but were not included in previous water licence applications. Based on our understanding, this request should be considered as a renewal of the 2011 NPC determination. Specifically, Agnico Eagle is seeking approval from the Nunavut Water Board (NWB) to include the following amendments to the Water Licence 2AM MEL1631: - Updated total dissolved solids thresholds for discharges to Meliadine Lake; - Increase annual freshwater consumption; - Additional laydown area; - Updated waste management strategy; - Construction of site access roads; and - Updated Interim Closure and Reclamation Plan. The proposed amendments will begin as soon as approval and permits for the amendment applications are received (anticipated requested for Ministerial approval before May 2021, to ensure the updated water management strategy can be implemented in time for freshet 2021 ). The proposed amendment activities do not change the Mine schedule or relate to any expansions. The Mine is currently in operation and is anticipated to be operational and in production through 2027, with closure and post-closure activities continuing until 2037. Additional details are included in the document 2AM MEL1631 - Meliadine Mine Water Licence Amendment Request and a updated site layout can be found in the document section (Meliadine Project - Water Licence Amendment Site Layout).
Personnel:
Persons: 680
Days: 6209
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6628 point New project geometry
Planning Regions:
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Mine Development
Licensing Agencies
NWB: Type A Licence
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
KivIA: Production Lease
KivIA: Quarry Permit
KivIA: Land Use Licence III
NWB: Type B Licence
GN-CGS: 0
GN-CGS: 0
GN-CGS: 0
GN-CGS: 0
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
n/a n/a n/a No change to existing equipment use.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Other 0 0 Cubic ft No change to existing fuel use.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
n/a 0 0 Cubic ft No change to existing hazardous materials and chemicals use.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
2032.07 Fresh water will be pumped from Meliadine Lake to a fresh/fire water tank in the mill area. Meliadine Lake
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
The revisions to waste rock storage proposed as part of this Water licence amendment application described within the 2011 Project Description that was the subject of the original NPC positive conformity determination. No additional waste would be generated by this Amendment as the Mine Plan approved as part of the previous 2014 FEIS does not change. The predicted environmental impacts of the undertaking do not change from the previous 2014 FEIS. The previous mitigation measures applicable to the amendment application will continue to be in place.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2020-08-05
Originator: Manon Turmel
Public Registry ID: 17929
Document Size: 302.47 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-08-05
Originator: Manon Turmel
Public Registry ID: 17930
Document Size: 18424.53 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-08-05
Originator: Manon Turmel
Public Registry ID: 17931
Document Size: 336.68 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-08-06
Originator: Manon Turmel
Public Registry ID: 17932
Document Size: 2677.02 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-08-20
Originator: Manon Turmel
Public Registry ID: 17949
Document Size: 1806.01 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-08-20
Originator: Manon Turmel
Public Registry ID: 17950
Document Size: 1858.9 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2020-08-20
Originator: Peter Scholz
Public Registry ID: 17948
Document Size: 286.36 Kb
2020-08-05 17:29:21, from: Manon Turmel
 From: Peter Scholz Sent: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 6:30 PM To: Michel Groleau Cc: Jamie Quesnel ; Karén Kharatyan ; Angie Arbaiza ; Goump Djalogue ; Brian Aglukark Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] RE: 2AM MEL1631 - Meliadine Mine Water Licence Amendment Request Hello Mr. Groleau, As discussed over the phone, processes have change from 2011 to now. If you need to renew your Type A water licence from 2011, with or without amendment, your best bet is to submit an application to NPC first. The file will be “new”, but in the project description be clear about what was previously approved and that you are looking for an amendment or a renewal. It would be best to include the original conformity letter from 2011 if possible in the attachments. Any questions through the process, please give me a call. Thank you! Peter From: Michel Groleau Sent: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:58 PM To: Peter Scholz Cc: Jamie Quesnel ; Karén Kharatyan ; Angie Arbaiza ; Goump Djalogue ; Brian Aglukark Subject: RE: [EXTERNAL] RE: 2AM MEL1631 - Meliadine Mine Water Licence Amendment Request Mr. Scholz, Thanks for the quick follow up. I would like to clarify my request. Agnico Eagle is not requesting a new conformity determination, since the project proposal that the new water licence amendment application is based on, hasn’t changed. This approach was followed previously with the Whale Tail Expansion water licence amendment application. Based on our understanding, NPC wouldn’t have to issue a new conformity determination as the proposed amendment application includes all items that were the subject of previous positive NPC conformity determinations. So, it may confuse things if we upload a new application to LUPIT. Our request is that NPC confirm to the NWB that no further determinations are required by NPC in order for NWB to proceed and process the amendment application. Please let me know if you require any further information from Agnico or would like to discuss this further. Sincerely, Michel Michel Groleau C: 418.670.6590 T: 819.759.3555 x4608169 From: Peter Scholz Sent: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:23 AM To: Michel Groleau Cc: Jamie Quesnel ; Karén Kharatyan ; Angie Arbaiza ; Goump Djalogue ; Brian Aglukark Subject: [EXTERNAL] RE: 2AM MEL1631 - Meliadine Mine Water Licence Amendment Request CAUTION: EXTERNAL Mr. Groleau, Thank you for your email. Please go to AEM’s LUPIT account at https://lupit.nunavut.ca/portal/. Select the appropriate AEM NPC file, and select renewal or amendment as appropriate. Please upload your data there and be sure to include a section summarizing the proposed changes to the work itinerary. Staff will proceed with the application from there. Thank you and have a good day. Peter From: Michel Groleau Sent: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 5:00 AM To: Peter Scholz Cc: Jamie Quesnel ; Karén Kharatyan ; Angie Arbaiza Subject: 2AM MEL1631 - Meliadine Mine Water Licence Amendment Request Dear Mr. Scholz, Agnico Eagle is preparing an amendment application to its Meliadine Type A Water Licence No. 2AM MEL1631 for the Meliadine Mine (the Water Licence Amendment). The Water Licence Amendment includes items that were the subject of previous positive NPC conformity determinations based on the April 2011 Meliadine Project Description (see NPC conformity determination of June 8, 2011, attached). The Water Licence Amendment is to support ongoing operations and also to proceed with development of certain infrastructure required to mine Discovery, Pump, Fzone, WES-NORMEG deposits that were included in the FEIS (Agnico Eagle 2014) and included in Project Certificate No. 006, but were not part of previous water licence applications. The application also proposes permanent changes to TDS limits which were set for the 2020 discharge season at 3,500 mg/l (maximum average concentration) as per emergency amendment issued by NWB April 29, 2020 and approved by the Minister May 12, 2020. What follows is a detailed list of the components in the Water Licence Amendment application and confirmation that these items were part of the previous positive NPC conformity determinations and NIRB environmental assessments of the Meliadine Mine: Current Approved Activity under Water Licence Proposed Water Licence Amendment Previous NPC Conformity (based on Meliadine Gold Project Description, April 11) Previous NIRB Reviews of Meliadine Mine Water Consumption 318,000 m3/year for Operations Water Consumption increased to a total of 741,706 m3/year for Operations (increased water consumption due to increased tonnage from previously approved deposits) Water licence amendment remains consistent with Section 2.13.1 of the Project Description, which stated “The estimated rate of water consumption will be based on the use of 200 litres per person per day and make-up water required for the mill. The total will be specified in the draft Environmental Impact Statement.” Water licence amendment remains consistent with 2014 FEIS - in the 2014 FEIS, the total freshwater needs for the Project was assessed at 2,168,100 m³/year (Agnico Eagle 2014, Volume 2, Table 2-27). Based on this, the additional freshwater volume requested as part of this application only represents 15% of the total volume assessed in the 2014 FEIS. Laydown Area Additional surface laydown and storage space in a centralized location to the portals and open pits is needed to proceed with mining from previously approved deposits Water licence amendment remains consistent with general site disturbance area - outdoor laydown areas are preliminarily described in Section 2.5.9 of the 2011 Project Description Water licence amendment remains consistent with 2014 FEIS. The detailed design report and IFC construction drawings for WRSF3 (Agnico Eagle 2020) were approved by the NWB at the end of March 2020. Updated waste management strategy (an extension of WRSF3 to allow for increased volumes of mining waste from mining the additional deposits already permitted by NIRB but not currently included in the Water Licence) Waste rock from the open pits and underground mining that will not be used for site development purposes will be transported to the waste rock storage facilities (WRSFs) until the end of mining. Two (2) WRSFs are planned for the Project: WRSF1 and WRSF3. The previous WRSF2 has been removed and the WRSF3 has been extended. Ore stockpile 2 was also extended into the previous WRSF2 footprint. Laydown area to support open pit operation was added on the previous WRSF2 and P-Area Footprint. Water licence amendment remains consistent with project disturbance described inthe 2011 Project Description . Water licence amendment remains consistent with 2014 FEIS. Site access roads to support mining Construction of site access roads to future deposits (Discovery, Pump, Fzone and Wes-Normeg deposits) Water licence amendment remains consistent with road access and routes described in the 2011 Project Description and include spur roads from Fzon, Discovery, Wes-Normeg, and Pump deposits. Water licence amendment remains consistent with 2014 FEIS. The footprint for areas assessed as part of FEIS (Agnico Eagle 2014) included for Discovery, Pump, Fzone, and Wes-Normeg deposits. The potential for environmental effects from the development and construction activities associated with site access roads (e.g., new crossings, road widening) were assessed in the 2014 FEIS, specifically for hydrology and fish and fish habitat (Agnico Eagle 2014). The potential effects related to navigability, hydraulics, and fish passage and required mitigations were discussed in the Sections 7.3.2 (hydrology) and Section 7.5.5 (fish) (Agnico Eagle 2014). The FEIS concluded that these development and construction activities had no linkage or minor pathways. The development and construction of site access roads described under this amendment are expected to be as described in the environmental assessment; therefore, no added potential for environmental effects are expected. Discharge criteria from CP1 to Meliadine Lake - MAC TDS EQC in the Water Licence of 1,400 mg/L TDS referenced at Part F, Item 3 During 2020 discharge season, up to 3,500 mg/L (MAC) TDS discharge was permitted per emergency amendment issued by NWB April 29, 2020 and approved by the Minister May 12, 2020. As per Phase 3 of the Water Quality Management and Optimization Plan Rev2 will provide supporting rationale for revising: • the maximum average concentration (MAC) and maximum grab concentration (MGC) for discharge from CP1 (i.e., effluent quality criteria; EQC) for TDS to Meliadine Lake; and • the benchmark TDS concentration to be achieved at the edge of the mixing zone in Meliadine Lake, which would also be consistent with the site-specific water quality objective for longer-term management of the receiving environment of Meliadine Lake Proposed water license amendment remains consistent with Site Water Management strategy described at Section 2.13 of 2011 Project Description. Proposed water licence amendment remains consistent with 2014 FEIS as it assessed and determined that no significant change to the water quality of the receiving environment would occur. The FEIS considered a higher TDS concentration than currently approved as a MAC (3,500 mg/L), and found that the TDS concentration at the edge of the mixing zone would more than adequately meet the threshold set for TDS. All future discharges will continue to comply with applicable regulatory requirements including the Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations (MDMER) and the final Water Licence terms and conditions, in accordance with the FEIS. Current security $49,555,000 Update to Interim Closure and Reclamation Plan to reflect new infrastructure and increase of an additional $7.4 million to account for new infrastructure n/a n/a We request that NPC confirm by direct email to the NWB (copied to Agnico Eagle) that no further determinations are required by NPC in order for NWB to proceed and process the Amendment Application. Can you please let me know if you require any further information to issue this confirmation? red by NPC in order for NWB to proceed and process the Amendment Application. Can you please let me know if you require any further information to issue this confirmation? As Agnico Eagle hopes to proceed with the application as soon as possible in order to ensure sufficient time for approval before May 2021, your timely consideration of this request would be much appreciated. If it is needed, I can make myself available this week to review our application with you in more detail. Sincerely, Michel Michel Groleau Permitting & Regulatory Affair michel.groleau@agnicoeagle.com Direct 819.759.3555 x4608169 Mobile 418.670.6590 Agnico Eagle Mines Limited - 11600, rue Louis-Bisson - Mirabel, Quebec, Canada J7N 1G9 agnicoeagle.com

2020-08-18 15:18:54, from: Peter Scholz
 Good day, The NPC team has had a chance to review your submitted application. In your project description is listed a number of project components, specifically: 1. Updated total dissolved solids thresholds for discharges to Meliadine Lake; 2. Increase annual freshwater consumption; 3. Additional laydown area; 4. Updated waste management strategy; 5. Construction of site access roads; and 6. Updated Interim Closure and Reclamation Plan. We reviewed all the materials attached to the application and seek the following points of clarification: 1. Regarding new laydown areas: can you prepare a map showing where the new laydown areas are to be built, also showing the general disturbance area identified in the 2011 application? I am not clear from the map attached to the application what laydown areas are yet unbuilt. 2. Can you please also provide a map of the Waste Rock Storage Facilities (WRSF), Ore Storage Faclities, and site access roads, showing clearly: a. What NPC approved in 2011, b. What has been built so far, c. And what is intended for 2021. Thank you kindly. The application has been returned to you so that you can attach these requested materials. Best regards, Peter

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?
NO

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