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A new guide for mining site rehabilitation in Québec

The Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF), in cooperation with the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP), has just completely revised Québec's Guidelines for Preparing a Mining Site Rehabilitation Plan.

This tool has been made available to the mining industry to make it easier to prepare a rehabilitation plan that complies with the requirements of the Mining Act. The Guidelines were due for an update, since the laws, regulations and directives that govern mining activity in Québec have been revised in recent years.

The new guide should be accessible on the MRNF’s Website before the end of 2007.

New: conceptual plan and final plan

The new guide introduces the notions of “conceptual plan” and “final plan”. The conceptual rehabilitation plan entails defining the issues associated with the mining site and preparing a rough draft of a rehabilitation scenario. Rehabilitation costs will be estimated and the required financial guarantee established, based on known data.

As revisions are made over time, the rehabilitation plan will become increasingly detailed, getting closer to a final plan on which the plans and specifications of the rehabilitation work could be based. This new approach will make it possible to identify the information to be submitted more effectively, based on the mine cycle or on changes in mining activity, and to reduce waiting time for the approval of rehabilitation plans.

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