Source: Government of Canada regional news
The Government of Yukon released guidelines to help the quartz mining industry address and reduce its impacts on water in the Yukon. The Yukon Guide for Developing Water Quality Objectives and Effluent Quality Standards provides quartz mining proponents with methods for determining water quality objectives and effluent quality standards for projects.
Quartz mining proponents are now expected to use these guidelines to support their environmental assessment and water licence applications.
Having a standard guideline for industry to access and use will help protect the Yukon’s freshwater and promote sustainable water use in the territory.
Yukon First Nations governments and quartz mining industry representatives provided important feedback during the development of the guide.