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Brunswick Smelter

Publications

In July 2020, the Brunswick Smelter Decommissioning Team started a quarterly newsletter to keep the community and other stakeholders updated on what is happening with the decommissioning.

If you’d like to sign up to receive the newsletter directly, please email us at brunswicknewsletter@glencore.ca.   

Brunswick Smelter Decommissioning Team Newsletter 

Issue 4 - August 24 2021

 

Glencore to host September Information Sessions

The Brunswick Smelter Decommissioning team will be hosting a public information session in September to allow the public and stakeholders to learn more about the decommissioning project and have a chance to ask questions of the Brunswick Smelter team and independent experts.

After having to be postponed several times due to public health guidelines and restrictions, the sessions are now scheduled for September 22nd. More details to follow.

“We’re really pleased to finally be able to host these sessions and offer the public the chance to ask questions and learn more,” said Nat Bepperling, Brunswick Smelter Closed Site Manager. “We’ll also be hosting information sessions with First Nations communities during the same week.”

The team will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow public health guidelines.

Guiding Principles Established

A Statement of Guiding Principles for a Tripartite Relationship was forged among the First Nations communities of Eel River Bar and Pabineau First Nations, as represented by Chief Sacha LaBillois and Chief Terry Richardson, Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Inc., represented by Dean Vicaire, Glencore Canada Corporation, represented by Helen Harper, Reclamation Director, and Belledune Port Authority represented Denis Caron, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Statement of Guiding Principles, signed on May 10, serves as a roadmap to govern the relationship between the parties during the implementation of the Brunswick Smelter decommissioning, including charting the course, troubleshooting, and resolving issues important to the shared goals of a world-class cleanup and world-class relationship. 

« It is very important to Glencore to be engaged in proactive, open and transparent consultation with stakeholders and rightsholders with respect to the closure and rehabilitation of the Brunswick Smelter. » stated Helen Harper.

The Statement of Guiding Principles reiterates the importance to all signatories of transparency, openness and timely communications to create a clear understanding of each party’s priorities, and serve as a basis for strong working relationships between the parties.

The parties are committed to consistent regular meetings to facilitate the work of the respective technical working groups, who are responsible to explore, research and collaborate on each group’s involvement in the closure process.

Brunswick Smelter seeking Expressions of Interest

In August, Brunswick Smelter will be seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from demolition companies to:

  • purchase certain assets of the Brunswick Smelter site 
  • perform decommissioning and demolition works.  

Following a thorough review and analysis of the Expressions of Interest submissions, Brunswick Smelter will develop a shortlist of the best qualified companies.  These companies will form the bidder’s list for the subsequent request for proposal which will be issued once we have the necessary regulatory and other approvals required to proceed. 

Terminal 1 Demolition Work Postponed to Spring of 2022

Brunswick Smelter and the Belledune Port Authority have been working collaboratively on the scheduling of the demolition of the Terminal 1 Conveyance System Infrastructure.  Both BPA and Brunswick Smelter have work planned for the area but have jointly agreed to postpone the demolition work to the Spring of 2022 due to the limited space of the area.  Health and safety remain the top priority for BPA and Brunswick Smelter. 

A Proud History 

There’s a long and proud history at the Brunswick Smelter. We thought it would be fun to revisit some memories as a regular feature of this newsletter. Check out these photos from the original construction. 

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This picture from 1965 shows two workers standing on the floor of the blast furnace but you can see the fully built warehouse in the background and the foundations for the shops in between.

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In this picture from July 1966, we see the tilting mechanism (Rotary Car Dumper) that would eventually be inside the building. The system would tip over rail cars to empty them out in the hopper below.

Contact Us 

As we go through this process, we want to hear from the community, therefore please send us your thoughts, questions or concerns. There are several ways to get in touch with us:

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Issue 3 - March 2 2021

Deadline for Comments Extended

Since announcing the closure of the Brunswick Smelter in November 2019, Glencore has remained committed to a closure process that would ensure a proper shutdown and remediation of the site while supporting the community during the transition. 

Out of respect for the public health guidelines around COVID-19, Glencore’s Brunswick Smelter Decommissioning Team has decided to delay the public information sessions until a later date when hopefully public health guidelines will be relaxed. 

As a result, the team has also extended the deadline for comments on the Environmental Impact Assessment until August 15, 2021. 

“While this is not ideal, we are navigating unprecedented waters and have made the decision with the safety of the public and our team in mind,” said Kelly Longval, Project Manager. 

In the meantime, the team wishes to remind the public that they can visit the Virtual Information Session online at brunswicksmelter.ca or review a hard copy of the EIA document at the following locations: 

  • Belledune Municipal Office, 2471 Main Street, Belledune, NB 
  • Petit-Rocher Municipal Office, 582 Rue Principale, Petit Rocher, NB 
  • Bathurst Public Library, 150 St George Street, Suite 1, Bathurst, NB

Visit brunswicksmelter.ca for more information and find out how you can submit comments and questions as part of the EIA process.

BHO to resume activities related to Caribou Mine operations

On January 15, Trevali Mining Corp announced the planned restart of operations at its Caribou Mine near Bathurst, New Brunswick. The mine has been on a care and maintenance program since March 2020. The Company expects to return to mining in February 2021, with the first payable zinc production expected by the end of March 2021. An agreement has been reached between Trevali and Glencore for Brunswick Smelter’s material handling facility to resume unloading of the concentrate trucks and trans-shipment by rail or vessel to customers. The same team who was managing the concentrate deliveries when Caribou went on care and maintenance will resume the work.

Residual acid diverted from disposal 

The Brunswick Smelter team is pleased to announce that with the support of Norfalco, the team has identified a customer for 350 metric tons of residual acid that would otherwise had to have been disposed of at a special facility. 

“This is a win because it helps to mitigate the environmental impacts associated with disposal,” said Kelly Longval, Project Manager. 

To date, roughly 250 metric tons have been shipped to the customer. 

Ongoing work at Smelter Site 

Over the last several months, the Brunswick Smelter Decommissioning Team has undertaken significant work to prepare the site for decommissioning. Much work was done to infrastructure to transition the site to closure, including modifications to the freshwater bypass line, power line, communication upgrades, change house upgrades and water treatment plant upgrades. 

A Proud History 

There’s a long and proud history at the Brunswick Smelter. We thought it would be fun to revisit some memories as a regular feature of this newsletter. Check out these photos from the original construction. 

Jacquet River Pump House
Acid Plant
Blast Furnace

Contact Us 

As we go through this process, we want to hear from the community, therefore please send us your thoughts, questions or concerns. There are several ways to get in touch with us:

December 16 2020

Virtual Information Session launched

Since announcing the closure of the Brunswick Smelter in November 2019, Glencore has remained committed to a closure process that would ensure a proper shutdown and remediation of the site while supporting the community during the transition. In April 2020, Glencore registered the project with the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Climate Change. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) document looks at the likely environmental impacts of the closure and is an important part of the closure process.

The Brunswick Smelter Decommissioning Team is pleased to launch our Virtual Information Session on brunswicksmelter.ca. The Virtual Information Session gives community members the chance to learn about the decommissioning project in greater detail and learn more about the Environmental Impact Assessment process. 

Visit brunswicksmelter.ca for more information and find out how you can submit comments and questions as part of the EIA process. The decommissioning team is hoping to host a public session early in the new year if public health restrictions safely allow. In the meantime, this virtual session will allow the community a chance to learn about the decommissioning project in greater detail and how they can participate by submitting questions and/or concerns.  

In this bilingual virtual session, you can watch videos by our project manager and then explore the various sections of the website for more detail. We encourage you to help us spread the word about this virtual session. 

Work Continues on In-Process Feeds

There has been an update to the two opportunities that were identified to locally treat two in-process feeds. These in-process feeds will require a very small portion of the plant.  Initially, Glencore was planning to complete the work before November 14, concurrently with the expiry of the air emission permit. Due to delays in recruiting, training, equipment delivery and slower treatment rates it will require more time to treat.  One feed was completed in late November and the other will be complete in March.  Glencore has obtained an extension of its air emission permit to complete the treatment of both piles. This will extend the 20-22 temporary jobs created.

Contact Us 

As we go through this process, we want to hear from the community, therefore please send us your thoughts, questions or concerns. There are several ways to get in touch with us:

Issue 2 - October 6 2020

Glencore to host October Information Sessions

The Brunswick Smelter Decommissioning team will be hosting public information sessions in late October to allow the public and stakeholders to learn more about the decommissioning project and have a chance to ask questions to team experts. 

The sessions will be held at the Belledune Recreation and Cultural Centre on:
 

October 21, Noon – 8 PM
October 22, 9 AM – 4 PM

“We’ve been meeting with many groups, including First Nations, to collaborate on this closure process and are looking forward to hosting the public at these information sessions,” said Nat Bepperling, Brunswick Smelter Closed Site Manager.

Precautionary measures will be in place in accordance with public health guidelines to protect participants from COVID risks. Masks are mandatory and will be provided to attendees if needed. Information will be gathered for the purposes of contact tracing. 

Members of the Decommissioning Team will be joined by independent experts to provide a detailed overview of the project and answer questions. 

Environmental Groups are an important part of EIA process 

Recognizing the important role of environmental groups in the province, Glencore has reached out to a number of groups to invite them to participate in the EIA process by commenting and asking questions. 

“It’s important to us that this is a thorough process that addresses the community’s questions and concerns,” said Kelly Longval, Project Manager, Brunswick Smelter Decommissioning. “Groups that focus on the environment are obviously a key part of the puzzle.”

The company will address all comments and questions received as part of fulfilling its EIA requirements. 

Temporary jobs on site 

While progressing in the decommissioning process, two opportunities were identified to locally treat two in-process feeds instead of disposing of them. These in-process feeds will require a very small portion of the plant to operate for only 3 months. Treating these feeds will transform the material into a saleable product, which is better for the environment compared to sending it to a specialized disposal facility. It is also creating 20-22 temporary jobs in the community for the coming months.

Glencore addresses steel exposed by shoreline erosion 

In early July, a few isolated piles of scrap steel were exposed on the beach at the northeast end of the property. These were piles that were exposed due to shoreline erosion that has occurred over the past 50 years. Upon becoming aware, Glencore notified appropriate authorities and were granted approval to proceed with clean up. 

Glencore employees, supported by a local contractor, removed the exposed steel and the company will continue to monitor the area. 

EIA comments deadline is December 31st

The Brunswick Smelter Decommissioning team will be accepting comments and questions on its EIA document until December 31st. All organizations and individuals are invited to submit comments and questions.

Contact Us

As we go through this process, we want to hear from the community, therefore please send us your thoughts, questions or concerns. There are several ways to get in touch with us:

Issue 1 - July 7 2020

Welcome

Since announcing the closure of the Brunswick Smelter in November 2019, Glencore has remained committed to a closure process that would ensure a proper shutdown and remediation of the site while supporting the community during the transition. 

Brunswick Smelter’s closed site team actively collaborates on the Transition Adjustment Committee, the Economic Development Opportunities Sub-Committee (EDO) and the Labour Force and Employee Support Sub-Committee (LFES). These committees have been created by the Government of NB and are focused on human resources and economic revitalization.

This is part of our commitment which aims to mitigate the negative impacts of the closure of the smelter on the economy and the workforce.

This quarterly newsletter will keep the community updated on what’s happening. Anyone interested in more information can sign up for our newsletter by emailing brunswicknewsletter@glencore.ca.

Brunswick Smelter Files Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

In April 2020, Glencore registered the project with the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government department as required under the EIA regulations. The EIA looks at the likely environmental impacts of the closure and is an important part of the closure process. 

An important part of the EIA process is engaging with the community to keep everyone informed. The community will have a chance to learn more and ask questions throughout the EIA process. More details on community engagement opportunities will be available in the coming weeks and months.  

The closure has several phases:

  • Planning Phase (Current Phase)
  • Permitting & Site Preparation Phase 
  • Active Decommissioning and Reclamation Phase
    • Procurement Processes
    • Asset Divestiture
    • Demolition
    • Soil & Water Remediation
  • Monitoring Phase

 

Currently there are 12 Glencore employees working as the closure team including a site manager, project manager, process owners, project engineers, waste water treatment co-ordinators, a procurement lead, warehousing coordinator and safety coordinator.

This team is focused on managing and treating smelter impacted water, operating the freshwater system, overseeing the EIA process, compiling assets, preparing buildings for demolition, making necessary modifications to water, power and communications infrastructure and more. 

Glencore is committed to keeping the community up to date every step of the way.

Brunswick Smelter Decommissioning Project Launches Website

As part of our commitment to keep the community updated, Glencore is launching a project website for the Decommissioning Project at Brunswicksmelter.ca. The content on this site will continue to grow as the closure process unfolds. We encourage all interested community members to visit the website regularly for more information. 

Brunswick Smelter Decommissioning Team Steps Up

Over the last few months, the local team has stepped up to help with the COVID-19 crisis. In April, Glencore donated its local inventory of gloves and masks to the Government of New Brunswick including 410 respirator masks, 1,000 pairs of respirator cartridges, 105 cases of disposable coveralls and 438 boxes of nitrile gloves. 

Glencore also donated $20,000 to northern New Brunswick food banks located in 
Campbellton, Dalhousie, Jacquet River and Belledune, Petit-Rocher, Bathurst and Allardville.

"In the name of our current and former Glencore employees, we are pleased to contribute to the community during these difficult times," said Nat Bepperling, Brunswick Smelter Closed Site Manager.

Contact Us

As we go through this process, we want to hear from the community, therefore please send us your thoughts, questions or concerns. There are several ways to get in touch with us: