Glencore’s Kidd Operations in Timmins has won the 2014 Tom Peters Memorial Reclamation Award at the seventh annual Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium June 17 and 18 in Peterborough.
The Kidd environmental team was honoured for its closure plan design and reclamation of the jarosite pond area and Three Nations Creek. The pond containing jarosite, an iron sulfate mud produced from zinc refining, was built in 1971 and operated from 1972 to 2010. Rehabilitation work included the removal of soil, revegetation and a remedial plan for the aquatic ecosystem in Three Nations Creek.
The Canadian Land Reclamation Association and the Ontario Mining Association, co-sponsors of the the annual symposium, also awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Lakehead University student Christiana Moll for her work using plants to stabilize metals in soils at former mine sites.
Laurentian University student Autumn Wilkinson won a $500 prize for her work developing manufactured soils for successful revegetation of mined lands.
This year’s symposium featured presentations on geology and mining in southern Ontario, innovative approaches to mine closure, and reclamation and revegetation using native species.
There were also site visits to the CBM Lakefield aggregate property, a decommissioned uranium mine, the former Conley talc mine and the former Marmoraton iron mine.