Teck Resources Limited is expanding its coal mines at Fording River and Greenhills, and is planning a new mine near it's Coal Mountain facilities. Associated Environmental is leading key elements of the vegetation, soil, and biodiversity assessments required for Mines Act permits at the three mines. Baseline assessments require a mix of Geographic Information System (GIS)-based data compilation and analysis, field calibration, and quantitative modelling, which form the basis for subsequent impact assessment and mine reclamation planning.
To support the submission of an Environmental Assessment Certificate application for a proposed metallurgical coal mine, Associated Environmental completed the terrestrial baseline assessments including the ecosystem, vegetation and wildlife studies, and Reclamation Plan for the study area.
Associated Environmental assisted with environmental management and regulatory work for the former Mount Nansen Mine, located 60 km west of Carmacks, YT. Specifically, AE contributed to the design of a remediation plan being prepared for assessment by the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board, and assisted with required permitting for remediation.
As part of an exploration program for tantalum and niobium, baseline environmental monitoring was completed to support an Environmental Impact Assessment submission to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office. Associated Environmental (AE) conducted the surface water quality and hydrology components of the baseline assessment. For three years, AE operated four hydrometric stations and collected water samples from 14 locations to help evaluate whether any potential hydrologic and water quality changes could occur as a result of future production.
Associated Environmental completed a plume delineation study to support an Environmental Effects Monitoring program. The study involved tracking dispersion of effluent using rhodamine WT (a dye tracer), coupled with numerical modelling using USEPA CORMIX to determine mixing dynamics over a range of environmental conditions. The results provided the information necessary to identify monitoring and control sampling locations as required by the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations.
At Associated, our approach to delivering mining projects is to listen to our clients so that we understand their requirements, goals, and long-term vision. We work with our clients to build world-class solutions to advance their business needs. Our solutions balance today’s environmental challenges, consider full life-cycle costs, optimize operational efficiency, and minimize maintenance requirements. We can assist clients through the mine planning, permitting, operation, decommissioning, reclamation, and project closure phases.
Cardero Coal Ltd.
Casino Mining Corp.
Selwyn Chihong Mining
Suncor Energy Inc.
Teck Coal Ltd.
Teck Highland Valley Copper Partnership