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 www.sst-tdds.gc.ca.
- 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org