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Environmental Code of Practice for Metal Mines

Additional Resources

Note: When available, Internet links to the resources below have been provided. These links were active as of the date of publication of the Code.

Government of Canada

Environment Canada

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

  • Guidelines for the Use of Explosives in or near Canadian Fisheries Waters (PDF Format, 112KB). Department of Fisheries and Oceans. 1998.

  • Operational Statements (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans-habitat/habitat/policies-politique/management-gestion_e.asp). Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 2007.

  • Policy for the Management of Fish Habitat (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans-habitat/habitat/policies-politique/management-gestion_e.asp). Department of Fisheries and Oceans. 1986.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Natural Resources Canada

NOTE: See also the separate listing below for publications of the Mine Environmental Neutral Drainage (MEND) Program

  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Canadian Perspective. Natural Resources Canada. 2004. (http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/perspective/index_e.php)

  • Mining Information Kit for Aboriginal Communities (PDF Format, 2.4 MB). Natural Resources Canada. 2006.

Health Canada

  • The Canadian Handbook on Health Impact Assessment, Volume 4: Health Impacts by Industry Sector. Health Canada. 2004.

Laws and Regulations

Provincial, Territorial and Municipal Governments

Alberta

British Columbia

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Ontario

Quebec

New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Yukon

Northwest Territories

City of Calgary

Australia -- Federal, State, and Territorial Governments

  • Best Practice Environmental Management in Mining. Australian Government, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources (PDF Format, 1038KB)

  • Biodiversity Management (PDF Format, 4.37 MB). Australian Government, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. 2007.


  • Community Engagement and Development (PDF Format, 4.72 MB). Australian Government, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. 2006.

  • Environmental Notes on Mining: Care and Maintenance (http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/836.aspx, PDF Format, 174 KB). Department of Minerals and Industry, Western Australia. 2001.

  • Guidelines for Mining Proposals in Western Australia (PDF Format, 961 KB). Government of Western Australia, Department of Industry and Resources. 2006.

  • Guidelines for the Protection of Surface and Groundwater Resources during Exploration Drilling (PDF Format, 4.37 MB). Government of Western Australia, Department of Mineral and Petroleum Resources. 2002.

  • Guidelines on the Safe Design and Operating Standards for Tailings Storage (http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/documents/Tailings_mgt.pdf , PDF Format, 461 KB). Government of Western Australia, Department of Industry and Resources. 1999.

  • Heritage Council Guideline for the Conservation of Mining Industry Heritage in Western Australia (PDF Format, 422 KB). Heritage Council of Western Australia. 2002.

  • Managing Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/documents/file_MAMD20070227104556.pdf. PDF Format, 874 KB). Australian Government, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. 2007.

  • Mine Closure and Completion (PDF Format, 316 KB). Australian Government, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. 2006.

  • Mine Rehabilitation (PDF Format, 355 KB). Australian Government, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. 2006.

  • Mining Environmental Management Guidelines: Calculating Environmental Performance Bonds. Government of Western Australia, Department of Industry and Resources. 2007.

  • Stewardship. Australian Government, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. 2006.

  • Stewardship of Tailings Facilities. AMEC Earth & Environmental Limited, for Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development. 2002.

  • Strategic Framework for Mine Closure. Australian and New Zealand Minerals and Energy Council and the Minerals Council of Australia. 2000.

  • Strategic Framework for Tailings Management (PDF Format, 303 KB). Ministerial Council on Mineral and Petroleum Resources and the Minerals Council of Australia. 2003.

  • Tailings Management (PDF Format, 959 KB). Australian Government, Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. 2007.

United States -- Federal and State Governments

  • Dust Control Handbook for Minerals Processing. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration. 1987.

  • Engineering Manual for Mining Operations. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 1999.

  • Environmental Impacts of Cemented Mine Waste Backfill (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/pubs/pdfs/ri9599.pdf). United States Bureau of Mines. 1996.

  • Handbook for Dust Control in Mining. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 2003.

  • Review of Technology Available to the Underground Mining Industry for Control of Diesel Emissions (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/pubs/pdfs/ic9462.pdf). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 2002.

  • Technical Report: Design and Evaluation of Tailings Dams (PDF Format, 327 KB). United States Environmental Protection Agency. 1994.

  • The Human Factor in Mining Reclamation (PDF Format, 359 MB). United States Geological Survey. 2000.

European Commission

United Nations

  • APELL for Mining: Guidance for the Mining Industry in Raising Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level. United Nations Environment Programme. 2001.

  • Guidelines for Mining and Sustainable Development (Berlin II). United Nations. 2002.

  • Joint Conference on Environmental Literacy in Minerals Education - Final Report. United Nations Environment Programme. 1999.

  • Mining and Sustainable Development II: Challenges and Perspectives (PDF Format, 4.61 MB). United Nations Environment Programme. 2000.

  • Public Involvement: Guidelines for Natural Resource Development Projects (http://www.unescap.org/esd/publications/energy/pi/index.htm). United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. 1997.

  • Tailings Dams: Risk of Dangerous Occurrences -- Lessons Learnt from Practical Experiences (PDF Format, 1.14 MB). United Nations Environment Programme. 2001.

World Health Organization

Other Government Publications

  • Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in the Arctic (http://www.nepa.gov/nepa/eiaguide.pdf, PDF Format, 1.36 MB). Finnish Ministry of the Environment. 1997.

  • Mine-water Management. Pages 157-167 in Knowledge Review 2001/02. South Africa Water Resource Commission. 2002.

Industry

Mining Association of Canada

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia

  • Mineral Exploration, Mining and Aboriginal Community Engagement: A Guidebook. Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia. 2005.

International Council on Mining and Metals

Industry - Other

  • Breaking New Ground - The Report of the Mining, Minerals, and Sustainable Development Project. International Institute for Environment and Development and World Business Council for Sustainable Development. 2002.

  • Code of Practice for Exploration in Environmentally Sensitive Areas. The Chamber of Mines and Energy of Western Australia Inc. 1995.

  • Public Participation Guidelines for Stakeholders in the Mining Industry. Consultative Forum on Mining and the Environment and the Chamber of Mines of South Africa. 2002.

  • South African Guideline on Cyanide Management for Gold Mining. Chamber of Mines of South Africa. 2001. (http://www.goodpracticemining.org/documents/jon/CMSA-CyanideMment.pdf, PDF Format, 1.26 MB)

  • Syntheses of Best Practices Road Salt Management - 8.0 Snow Storage and Disposal (PDF Format, 611 KB). Transportation Association of Canada. 2003.

Other Organizations and Publications

International Cyanide Management Institute

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Canadian Dam Association

NOTE: The following document outlines the principles of the Dam Safety Guidelines. Detailed documentation is available for purchase from the Canadian Dam Association http://www.cda.ca/

Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)

NOTE: The International Commission on Large Dams has a large number of technical publications related to all aspects of dam design, construction, operation, monitoring and maintenance, including those listed below. These documents are available for purchase at http://www.icold-cigb.org/

  • Risk Assessment in Dam Safety Management. A reconnaissance of Benefits. Methods and Current Applications. 2005.

  • Tailings Dams Risk of Dangerous Occurrences - Lessons Learnt from Practical Experiences. 2001.

  • A Guide to Tailings Dams and Impoundments - Design, Construction, Use and Rehabilitation. 1996.

  • Dams and Related Structures in Cold Climate - Design Guidelines and Case Studies. 1996.

  • Monitoring of Tailings Dams - Review and Recommendations. 1996.

  • Tailings Dams and Environment - Review and Recommendations. 1996.

  • Tailings Dams. Transport. Placement. Decantation - Review and Recommendations. 1995.

  • Tailings Dams and Seismicity - Review and Recommendations. 1995.

  • Tailings Dams - Design of drainage. 1994.

  • Tailings Dams Safety - Guidelines. 1989.

  • Selecting Seismic Parameters for Large Dams -- Guidelines. 1989.

Global Reporting Initiative

World Bank

Other Publications

Publications of the Mine Environment Neutral Drainage (MEND) Program

A complete list of all publications of the MENDProgram is provided in Appendix 1. With the exception of the document listed below, MENDpublications are available for purchase from the MEND website.

  • List of Potential Information Requirements in Metal Leaching and Acid Rock Drainage Assessment and Mitigation. 2005. MEND.