Gold major Newmont has invested $160 million in a new water treatment plant at the Porcupine mine in Ontario, which the company says will benefit the entire ecosystem and surrounding watershed through collection, treatment and return of contaminated water.
Provincially, this plant will have one of the lowest effluent discharge limits in the mining sector, Newmont says.
Construction of the plant will be completed before the end of the year and discharge will begin in 2023. Once operational, the plant will return up to 13 million cubic meters of clean treated water to the watersheds of Mattagami, Frederickhouse and Upper Kapuskasing.
After more than a century of mining in Timmins, the next phase of operations at Porcupine is an opportunity to support the re-greening of the region, significantly improve site water management and sustain watersheds. while maintaining jobs and economic benefits for Northern Ontario communities, local First Nations and government.
First Doug Ford praised Newmont Porcupine for its environmental stewardship.
“This investment from Newmont is a huge vote of confidence in Timmins, our workers and the future of Northern Ontario. We are grateful that Newmont has chosen to deepen its commitment to Ontario, and we look forward to seeing them thrive right here in Timmins. “
Since 1910, the historic Porcupine mining district has produced over 67 million ounces of gold. The modern Porcupine Mine is Timmins’ largest employer, with over 1,200 employees and contractors.
“Investments like the new water treatment plant we are announcing today are only made possible through the unwavering commitments of our employees, all levels of government, and our Indigenous communities and partners. I would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication to maintaining our reputation as an industry leader in safe, sustainable and responsible mining,” said Newmont Porcupine’s Managing Director. David Pretorius.