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Summary Review of Performance of Metal Mines Subject to the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations in 2013

4. Overall Compliance Assessment for Prescribed Deleterious Substances and pH in 2013

  • Overall, the metal mining sector is achieving over 99% compliance with the prescribed limits for arsenic, copper, cyanide, nickel, zinc, radium 226 and pH, and a 100% compliance rate for lead.
  • Only a few sporadic exceedances were reported for arsenic, copper, cyanide, nickel, zinc, radium 226 and pH.
  • The Eagle River Mill exceeded the limits for several parameters: copper, cyanide, zinc and total suspended solids.
  • In 2013, the overall compliance rate achieved by the metal mining sector with respect to meeting the total suspended solids limits was 97.9%. The Elross Lake Area Iron Ore Mine, the Complexe métallurgique Sorel-Tracy, the Vezza Mine, the Wabush Mines Joint Venture – Scully Mine and the Williams Mine failed to consistently meet total suspended solids limits.
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