Noront understands the potential environmental impact that exploration work, construction and operations can have on the environment if they are not managed correctly. We share a strong sense of responsibility for preserving the environment for use by future generations. With this in mind, we consulted with local communities to identify valued ecosystem components. This led us to redesign our development plans to address specific local concerns about water, tailings, natural resource extraction and cultural needs. As a result, we eliminated surface storage of tailings and waste rock at the site, removed a pipeline from the plan, and committed to mine all ore from underground workings (i.e., no open pits).
For over 10 years Noront has employed leading environmental consultants to record baseline environmental conditions in the Ring of Fire. We have used this information to ensure our planned developments will have minimal impact on the environment. We have involved local communities in the collection of baseline information and worked to better understand their perspective of the environment. Our mine closure plan will include measures that exceed the regulatory requirements with the goal of returning the land, as much as possible, to its pre-mining use.
Environmental and Social Responsibility Award
Noront Resources was honoured to receive the 2015 Environmental and Social Responsibility Award from the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). This award goes to an individual or organization that demonstrates outstanding initiative, leadership and accomplishment in protecting and preserving the natural environment and/or in establishing good community relations during an exploration program or operation of a mine.
At Noront, our vision is to develop our projects in the most environmentally, socially, and economically responsible way possible through all stages of development, from exploration to closure.