A Nunavut based mining company has been fined for failure to comply with metal mining effluent regulations.
On October 2, 2019, TMAC Resources Inc. was ordered to pay $50,000, in the Nunavut Court of Justice after pleading guilty to one offence under the Fisheries Act, in violation of the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations.
The total fine will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.
In December 2015, Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers launched an investigation, which revealed that TMAC Resources Inc. had deposited effluent containing a deleterious substance into Doris Creek without meeting regulatory requirements.
These requirements include collecting and testing samples and reporting results.
The Metal Mining Effluent Regulations authorize deposits of effluent, provided the conditions stipulated in the regulations are observed. TMAC Resources Inc. failed to meet all of these conditions and was not authorized to discharge effluent from the site.
As a result of this conviction, the company’s name will also be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.