Brunswick Smelter

Frequently Asked Questions

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Hazardous material will be disposed of at specialised landfills.  

Metal impacted demolition debris will be rinsed and disposed of in the No. 12 Open Pit at Brunswick Mine.  Metal impacted sludges will be disposed of in the tailings basin of Brunswick Mine.  Runoff from both areas are captured and treated at the Brunswick Mine WWTP.  

The Smelter site will be completed within 3 years of receiving approval from the province.

MHW (BHO) will be completed within 2 years.  Start date is pending a final decision on Caribou Mine.

Glencore intends to hold the property at least until treatment is no longer required.  Opportunities for sale or reuse will be considered at that time.

Vacant industrial site.  

Qualified local companies will have the opportunity to bid on the closure work. 

Combination of dry vacuum cleaning/wet pressure washing, and wetting of surfaces during demolition, in combination with monitoring and work stoppages if dust levels are above acceptable.

There are no plans to do anything to the cemetery.  The public will continue to have access. 

Groundwater outside of the Smelter property is not contaminated.  Within the Smelter property groundwater is captured, contained, and treated.  Further studies are required to better understand the hydrogeology of the site.

None that we know of but an archaeological study will be completed as part of this process.

No.  There is only one wetland in the area of the smelter at the toe of the slag pile.  It will remain as-is. 

An avian biologist would be hired to provide guidance on periods when demolition should be avoided and the affected locations.

A detailed soil study was conducted in 2007 – 2009.  This study involved extensive soil sampling throughout the Belledune area, and down the shore.  At the completion of the study, 19 residential properties were remediated largely because they had had smelter equipment on their property to assist with snow removal, and materials from the smelter operations, such as slag, had been used to provide grit for slippery roads, and some of this material ended up in front yards.  These properties were all remediated 2009-2010 and no other properties were identified as needing remediation based on this comprehensive study.

Debris will be transported using covered trucks.  Trucks will be washed prior to leaving site.

It will be covered and vegetated.

Glencore will continue to own and operate the Jacquet River Pump House (JRPH) for the time being.  Glencore is willing to hand over the water supply system to an interested party who will continue the water supply to the existing customers.

Freshwater Supply from Jacquet River

Freshwater Supply from Jacquet River

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Jacquet River Pump House
Jacquet River Pump House
Water Tank reservoir