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Status: ACTIVE MONITORING

  • NIRB File No:

    03MN107

  • Application No.:

    125253

  • Project Type:

    Mine Development

  • Project Name:

    Agnico Eagle Mines Meadowbank Modification - In-Pit Tailings Disposal

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Agnico Eagle currently places all tailings at the Meadowbank Mine in the Meadowbank Tailings Storage Facility (within the former Second Portage Lake northwest dewatered arm), where tailings have been deposited sub-aerially as slurry and water from the ponds reclaimed during operation. Since mining began, Agnico Eagle has continued to evaluate alternative options for tailings deposition, in order to ensure that best practices are followed and to ensure appropriate long term planning to optimize the site footprint. In 2016, the Meadowbank Dike Review Board (the MDRB), an Independent Geotechnical Expert Review Panel established in accordance with Type A Water Licence No: 2AM-MEA1525, supported the use of early in-pit tailings disposal as an appropriate alternative in addition to current practices at Meadowbank Mine. Specifically, in-pit disposal of tailings has advantages with respect to health and safety, quality of life, water, air, capital cost, technology, natural hazards and adaptability. The MDRB accepted that in-pit disposal would be recognized as the best available technology. As a result, Agnico Eagle is now proposing to dispose of tailings in three pits, Portage Pit A, Portage Pit E, and Goose Pit, all within the footprint of the assessed and approved Meadowbank Mine. The In-pit tailings disposal in the Portage and Goose pits will not increase the project footprint, and will occur entirely within existing pits that have already been impacted by ore extraction. This method of tailings disposal will require the continued use of various existing project components, including the following: • pits and dikes to segregate operations from Third Portage Lake and Second Portage Lake; • the reclaim water barge; • the tailings deposition barge; • the reclaim water treatment plant; and • tailings thickener (this is under evaluation). The modification will also require an extension of the slurry and reclaim water piping. Agnico Eagle confirms that based on its engagements to date, its understanding is that this modification can proceed in accordance with existing approvals. Agnico Eagle has not identified any amendments to Project Certificate No. 4 or Type A Water Licence No. 2AM-MEA1525 in order to proceed with the In-pit Tailings Disposal modification. Before proceeding, the In-pit Tailings Disposal modification will require a formal Modification notification to the Nunavut Water Board pursuant to the conditions of the water licence. The current planned timeline for commencing the in-pit deposition of tailings is April 2018.

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • Started project monitoring 2018-04-13
  • NIRB Ltr to parties requesting comment on potential project certification reconsideration 2018-04-13
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re comments received 2018-05-07
  • Send Notification to Parties 2018-05-29
  • Send Notification to Parties 2018-06-05
  • Send Notification to Parties 2018-06-11
  • Send Notification to Parties 2018-06-12
  • Send Notification to Parties 2018-06-12
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re receipt of Project Certificate Consideration Request 2018-06-14
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re submission of Information Requests 2018-06-26
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re submission of Information Requests 2018-06-26
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re submission of Information Requests 2018-07-03
  • NIRB Notice to Parties of IR’s Received 2018-07-04
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent and Parties re IRs requiring a response 2018-07-11
  • NIRB Notice to Parties of IR’s Received 2018-07-11
  • NIRB Notice to parties re receipt of IR responses 2018-07-12
  • NIRB Notice to parties re receipt of IR responses 2018-07-13
  • NIRB Notice to parties re receipt of IR responses 2018-07-16
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-07-30
  • NIRB Ltr to Parties re FEIS Technical Review and Submission of Technical review comments 2018-08-02
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re receipt of final written submissions 2018-08-02
  • NIRB Ltr to Proponent opportunity to respond to final written submission 2018-08-02
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re receipt of final written submissions 2018-08-03
  • Send Notification to Parties 2018-08-03
  • Send Notification to Parties 2018-08-03
  • Send Notification to Parties 2018-08-07
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re proponent response to final written submissions 2018-08-20
  • NIRB Ltr to Minister(s) re Final Hearing Report 2018-08-31
  • NIRB Ltr to Minister(s) re Final Hearing Report 2018-08-31
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-11-27
  • NIRB Received Minister’s decision re Final Hearing Report 2018-11-30
  • NIRB Notice to Parties re Project Certificate Workshop 2018-12-06
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-12-07
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-12-07
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-12-07
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-12-07
  • Technical advisor assigned 2018-12-07
  • NIRB Issues Amended Project Certificate to Proponent 2018-12-20
  • NIRB Issues Amended Project Certificate to Proponent 2018-12-21
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  • Kivalliq
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Notifications sent: NIRB Issues Amended Project Certificate to Proponent

2018-12-21 18:43:40

NIRB 125253 / 03MN107: News Release Re Issuance of NIRB Project Certificate No. 004 (Amendment 3) for the Meadowbank Gold Mine Project


    21-Dec-2018

    Dear Parties,

    Please find attached a News Release from the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB or Board)announcing the issuance of Project Certificate No. 004 (Amendment 3) for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited’s Meadowbank Gold Mine Project (NIRB File No. 03MN107).

    The Meadowbank Gold Mine Project Certificate (including Amendment 3) and related background materials can be accessed online from the NIRB’s public registry at www.nirb.ca/projects/125253

    Should you have questions or require clarification regarding the revisions and additions to Project Certificate No. 004, please contact Tara Arko, acting Executive Director at tarko@nirb.ca or toll free at 1-866-233-3033.

    Best regards,

    Cassel Kapolak
    Environmental Administrator

    Nunavut Impact Review Board
    P.O. Box 1360 (29 Mitik)
    Cambridge Bay, NU, X0B 0C0
    Phone: 867-983-4600
    Toll Free: 1-866-233-3033
    Fax: 867-983-2594
    E-mail: info@nirb.ca
    Web: www.nirb.ca

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