Sustainability and the Canadian mining industry at home and abroad

Abstract The mineral industry has seen many significant changes in the past decade. Increasingly, it has responded to unanticipated pressures and demands with a variety of voluntary initiatives. Yet there is still much to do. Mining now takes place in a different context than was the case in the past. Socio-economic, political and environmental considerations must now be integrated into traditional mining systems. This process of integration needs to involve industry, governments, academics, communities and other stakeholders to design a new approach to mining, one that can be fostered through interdisciplinary links and holistic strategies. This paper considers the meaning of sustainability in the context of the Canadian mining industry and explores the need for a broader vision for the mining industry. The role of technology is then analyzed and related to an initiative recently taken by Canadian universities to develop a national network for interdisciplinary research into sustainable mining, CaSM.
Keywords: Canadian Network for Sustainable Mining, Sustainable development, Ecosystems, Mining technology, Whitehorse Mining Initiative.
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Summary: This paper describes some of the main aspects involved in implementing the European ÒEquipment and Protective Systems for Use in Potentially Explosive AtmospheresÓ (ATEX) Directive (No.94/9/EC) in the British mining industry by the year 2003. It provides a brief background to the Directive and considers its main objective of removing all barriers to trade in Europe. It outlines the need for the European Standards making bodies to write new editions of the Õexplosion protection concept...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): G. Goodlad
Keywords: Coal mining, Explosive atmospheres, Equipment.
Issue: 1033
Volume: 92
Year: 1999
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Summary: Over forty years of uranium mining in the Elliot Lake region of Ontario (1956Ð1996) has resulted in the production of over 300 million pounds of uranium. With the completion of mining activity, Rio Algom Limited and Denison Mines Limited are utilizing progressive environmental technologies and management systems to reduce and manage the environmental risks associated with the 150 million tonnes of potentially acid-generating tailings in nine regional waste management areas. Water covers...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): D. Berthelot, M. Haggis, R. Payne, D. McClarty, M. Courtin
Keywords: Data management systems, Environmental management, Telemetered Environmental Operating Control System, Regional Environmental Information Management System, Uranium, Tailings, Water cover, SCADA, Elliot Lake.
Issue: 1033
Volume: 92
Year: 1999
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Summary: At the end of a century of mining education in South Africa, it is appropriate to reflect on the past, take stock of the present and ponder the future of mining education. While it is likely that changes in the mining industry will generate an increased demand for mining graduates, the number of suitably qualified applicants to study mining is worryingly small. While good progress has been made in unifying the educational system that previously provided schooling on a racially separate basis,...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): H.R. Phillips
Keywords: Education
Issue: 1033
Volume: 92
Year: 1999
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