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Where will the contaminated material be disposed of?

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.  

How long will it take to complete the work?

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.

Will the property be sold in the future or will Glencore hold the property in perpetuity?

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.

What is the intend land use post-closure?

Vacant industrial site.  

Will local labour/companies be involved in the closure work?

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

How will you control dust during demolition?

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.

What will be done to the cemetery, will public continue to have access during/after closure?

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

Is groundwater around the smelter contaminated?

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.

Are there any archaeological / first nations historical sites in the vicinity of the smelter that could be affected?

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

Are there any wetlands that will be affected by the closure?

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

How will migratory birds (terns) be protected during the demolition?

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

Are adjacent properties/properties in the community contaminated due to smelter operations?

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.

How will you contain contamination on debris going to the mine?

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

What will happen to the slag pile?

It will be covered and vegetated.

What will happen to the Freshwater Pumphouse, Pipeline and Reservoir?

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.

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Jacquet River Pump House
Jacquet River Pump House
Water Tank reservoir