Mining and Environment Research Institute

posted: 05/02/2021

The Mining and Environment Research Institute – Institut de recherche en mines et en environnement (IRME) –  is a research program, unique in Québec, that was launched jointly in 2013 by Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and Polytechnique Montréal.

The research programming focuses on the environment and management of tailings; it aims to develop environmentally safe solutions throughout the entire life cycle of a mine, including issues the mining industry currently experiences, such as mine-site rehabilitation, hydro-geotechnical behavior of tailings facilities, design of waste rock piles, and use of tailings as backfill in underground mines. The Mining and Environment Research Institute will contribute to research advancement while consolidating training in the mining sector at undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Applied research conducted by the Mining and Environment Research Institute will be very useful to Raglan Mine. It will help deepen our understanding of our operations and their impact on our surroundings. Our commitment to sustainable mining development encourages us to support this kind of initiative so we may pursue our constant objective to operate our mining site in a cost-effective way, without getting injured, together with our host communities, while at the same time protecting the environment.  

Raglan Mine is proud to support this research program for over seven years, contributing $300,000 per year to its success