Mining Industry Reporting - A Reality Check

    OTTAWA, Nov. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mining Association of Canada (MAC)
takes serious issue with the assertions in recent media reports including an
article that appeared in the Globe and Mail today regarding mining industry
public reporting. The MAC is proud of its open and transparent reporting of
environmental and social information.
    The facts on mining industry reporting are as follows:

    - Canada's mining industry has reported annually to the National
      Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) all required information from mills
      and smelters, including all releases to air and water from tailings,
      ever since the creation of the NPRI in 1992.

    - MAC supported a proposal by Environment Canada to remove the exemption
      that limited reporting of some mining industry-related information.
      This exemption was eliminated in 2006.

    - Provincial and territorial governments, in their regulation of mining
      operations, require the reporting of detailed information about mine
      sites including tailings. MAC supports measures that would improve
      access to and the consistency of such information.

    - A recent multi-stakeholder workshop organized by Environment Canada
      examined this issue closely:

      - "Participants generally agreed on the need for some type of mandatory
        regular reporting mechanism relating to the "core set" of information
        needs relating to tailings and waste rock."

      - "Most participants agreed that a combined inventory-portal mechanism
        would be worth exploring with a portal providing access to a broader
        range of information that would complement the quantified, mandatory
        reporting through an inventory system."

      - The Workshop did not reach an agreement on whether the NPRI is the
        right mechanism for reporting this "core set" information.

    MAC remains fully aligned with the outcomes of the workshop, and is
committed to assisting the government on matters of implementation. The
Workshop Report is available at

    - Through Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM), an award winning sustainable
      development initiative, MAC members annually disclose environmental and
      social performance information. TSM, a mandatory initiative of MAC,
      commits members to conducting their business with honesty, transparency
      and integrity.
    For more information about Towards Sustainable Mining, including
performance indicators, what is reported, external verification and for a copy
of the latest report, please visit our website.

For further information:

For further information: Justyna Laurie-Lean, Vice President,
Environment and Health, (613) 233-9392, ext. 313,

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