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Continuation of the 2020 Saline Discharge Strategy for the Meliadine Gold Mine Project during 2021 (149443)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Manon Turmel
Company: Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.
Schedule:
Start Date: 2020-12-31
End Date: 2021-12-31
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (Agnico Eagle) is currently operating the Meliadine Gold Mine (Mine) in accordance with Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) Project Certificate No. 006 and Nunavut Water Board (NWB) Type A Water Licence 2AM-MEL1631. The mine and associated facilities (including the All Weather Access Road (AWAR) (together, the Project) have previously been the subject of positive conformity determinations by the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) and referral to the NIRB in June 2011 (Meliadine Mine Proposal), January 2018 (2018 Saline Effluent Discharge Proposal) and March 25, 2020 (2020 Saline Effluent Discharge Proposal). The Project conforms to the Keewatin Regional Land Use Plan (KRLUP). During 2020, Agnico Eagle proposed interim measures which would result in an increase from 800 m3 per day to up to 1600 m3 per day in the amount of saline groundwater (saline effluent) transported by truck to storage trucks at Itivia Harbour for discharge into Melvin Bay during the summer of 2020 (the 2020 Saline Discharge Strategy). At the time the 2020 Saline Discharge Strategy was first presented by Agnico Eagle to the NIRB in March 2020, Agnico Eagle anticipated that by 2021, transportation and discharge of saline groundwater/effluent at the Project would occur via a new waterline. Unfortunately, due to significant regulatory delays in the NIRB review of the 2020 Saline Effluent Discharge Proposal (aka waterline proposal) due to the ongoing global pandemic and other factors beyond the control of Agnico Eagle, Agnico Eagle has identified that it will be necessary to extend the 2020 Saline Discharge Strategy through 2021. Note that if the waterline process is further delayed it is possible a further extension will be sought in future for 2022 and beyond. Therefore, in accordance with advice received by NIRB staff, Agnico Eagle is writing to request a conformity determination from NPC in respect of its planned extension of its 2020 Saline Discharge Strategy through the 2021 discharge season, as described further below.
Personnel:
Persons: 5
Days: 365
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6976 polygon Saline Effluent Discharge to Marine Environment, Rankin Inlet, Meliadine Gold Mine, Nunavut
Planning Regions:
Kitikmeot
Affected Areas and Land Types
Municipal
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Mine Development
Mine Development
Licensing Agencies
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NWB: Type A Licence
KivIA: Production Lease
KivIA: Right of Way Agreement
NWB: Type B Licence
INAC: Surface Leases/Licences
GN-EDT: 0
GN-EDT: 0
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
No records found.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
N/A
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-12-21
Originator: Manon Turmel
Public Registry ID: 18101
Document Size: 144.89 Kb

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?
YES

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