Faro Mine Remediation Project

 

 

The Faro Mine is one of the most complex abandoned mine clean-up projects in Canada. 

 

 

The remediation of the site is currently under assessment by the Executive Committee. 

 

 

PROJECT SUMMARY (PLAIN LANGUAGE)SUBMIT COMMENTS ON THE REGISTRY
The proposal for the Faro Mine Remediation Project consists of consolidating and covering ore, waste rock, and tailings, re-vegetation, diverting clean water away from contaminated sites through diversion channels, collecting and treating contaminated water and adaptive management for uncertain events. The project includes two main phases: active remediation and long-term operations and maintenance.

The Executive Committee has reviewed the most recent information submitted by the Proponent, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) and has determined that the project proposal contains sufficient information to enter the Screening Stage. This triggers a Public Comment Period that will run from November 18, 2021 to January 31, 2022.

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Faro Mine Remediation Project Screening Timeline

 

Project Submitted to Executive Committee
Project Submitted to Executive Committee

The Faro Mine Remediation Project is submitted by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC).

Information Request #1
Information Request #1

IR#1 included 175 questions in November 2019.

Information Request #2
Information Request #2

Executive Committee issues second Information Request containing 93 questions - June 2020.

Information Request #3
Information Request #3

The Executive Committee issues 25 additional questions to proponent - November 2020

Water Model Technical Sessions
Water Model Technical Sessions

Faro Mine Remediation Project Water Model Technical Sessions begin.

SATAC Session I
SATAC Session I

Faro Mine Remediation Project, Scope of Assessment Technical Advisory Committee (SATAC) meets January 12 – 14, 2020. SATAC session focuses on: Chinook

Information Request #4
Information Request #4

The Executive Committee issues 13 questions for Proponent.

SATAC Session II & Information Request #5
SATAC Session II & Information Request #5

Two additional questions issued.

Faro Mine Remediation Screening Begins
Faro Mine Remediation Screening Begins

The Executive Committee determines that the proposal contains sufficient information to commence the screening.

Public Comment Period Open
Public Comment Period Open

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Timeline of Faro Mine Remediation Project

Casino Panel Review Timeline

2019
Project Submitted to Executive Committee
Project Submitted to Executive Committee

The Faro Mine Remediation Project is submitted by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC).

Information Request #1
Information Request #1

IR#1 included 175 questions in November 2019.

2020
Information Request #2
Information Request #2

Executive Committee issues second Information Request containing 93 questions - June 2020.

Information Request #3
Information Request #3

The Executive Committee issues 25 additional questions to proponent - November 2020

Water Model Technical Sessions
Water Model Technical Sessions

Faro Mine Remediation Project Water Model Technical Sessions begin.

2021
SATAC Session I
SATAC Session I

Faro Mine Remediation Project, Scope of Assessment Technical Advisory Committee (SATAC) meets January 12 – 14, 2020. SATAC session focuses on: Chinook

Information Request #4
Information Request #4

The Executive Committee issues 13 questions for Proponent.

SATAC Session II & Information Request #5
SATAC Session II & Information Request #5

Two additional questions issued.

Faro Mine Remediation Screening Begins
Faro Mine Remediation Screening Begins

The Executive Committee determines that the proposal contains sufficient information to commence the screening.

Public Comment Period Open
Public Comment Period Open

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Faro Mine Complex Overview

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Faro Mine Complex Current Conditions

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make quality comments?

Create a comment that counts!

Use the questions below to help formulate valuable comment submissions.

  1. What do you value in the proposed project area? Values may include specific wildlife species/populations, environmental elements (land, air, water), aesthetics, social/cultural values (trapping, way of life), etc. How do you use or interact with the area?

  2. How might those values be affected or impacted by the proposed project, and why? Explain how you think these values would be affected if the project goes ahead. How would this be different from the way it is now?

  3. Do you have any suggestions for how these effects could be reduced or eliminated? Include any measures you believe may lessen project effects, and why you think these measures would be successful.

  4. Are your concerns based on your own experience, studies you are familiar with or information passed on to you from someone else? This will help assessors consider your information and allow them to follow-up with questions, if necessary.

How can I submit comments?

There are many ways that you can provide us with your comments:

Through the webpage: www.yesab.ca/faro-remediation

Email: yesab@yesab.ca

Call our Faro Comment Line: 1-867-456-3265

Toll Free 1-866-322-4040

YOR comment submission—www.yesabregistry.ca, search project #2019-0149

Letter Submission sent through the mail: 200-309 Strickland St. Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 2J9

 

Where can I go to see all the latest project information?

When did YESAB receive the 14000 page Project Proposal?

The project entered the Adequacy Review Stage on August 29, 2019.

What is YESAB?

What is YESAB?

In 1993 the modern land claims process resulted in the Umbrella Final Agreement (UFA). This set the foundation for self-government and land claim agreements in the Yukon.

Several boards and committees were formed as part of the UFA. One of these boards is the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board (YESAB).  YESAB and the work we do is guided by a law called the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA).

YESAB is a neutral and independent assessment body. YESAB is a Board with seven members. Three are nominated by Council of Yukon First Nations, two are nominated by Government of Yukon and two are directly appointed by Government of Canada. YESAB staff research and assess projects to inform the decisions of the Board.

YESAB’s purpose is to engage the community to identify potential impacts of proposed development projects and to recommend ways to reduce or eliminate those impacts. This is what we call “assessment”.

At the end of the assessment, YESAB makes recommendations to government decision makers, and recommends to those decision makers that proposed projects either:

  • proceed,
  • proceed with terms, or
  • do not proceed.

YESAB does not make final decisions about whether a project gets approved.