Managing Closure

Mine closure and reclamation – two words that today are part of any mine plan. Mining companies are taking pride in their environmental responsibility; you can go online to many mining company sites and find reports, statistics, photos, and plans.Want to know how many trees have been planted to date? You can probably find out.

This pride is good. It shows a clear acceptance of responsible operation and mine closure and invites new ideas and people to the table. But it hasn’t always been this way. Go back a handful of decades, and environmental issues didn’t exist – and mines were leaving a legacy of problems.

Today, century-old mine sites are the focus of major remediation projects. Science is proving contaminated land can be reclaimed. And mining companies and governments are stepping up to ensure it is done right.

The Britannia and Sullivan Mines are two great examples of mine closure. Both mines date back a century. Britannia closed decades ago, and Sullivan just a couple years ago, but both are today undergoing major reclamation and new life will soon breeze across the sites. These two projects, both in British Columbia, are ground-breaking examples of sustainable practices and best practices in managing mine closure.


Creating a new economy through closure

Sullivan Mine closure sets the barrier for sustainable practices. By H. Ednie

Britannia Mine Reclamation

Showing the world how it’s done. By H. Ednie

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