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The Faro Mine Complex is a very large abandoned lead-zinc mine in the Yukon Territory, Canada. In 1998,
all mining operations stopped at the Faro Mine Complex after the last owner, Anvil Range Mining
Corporation, was placed into receivership. Due to the nature and magnitude of the contamination there will
be no walk-away solution to remediating the site. The potential for acid rock drainage is widespread in the
wasterock piles and tailings impoundment. Significant impact will occur in the fish bearing rivers
downstream of the site if not controlled. The two governments have entered into a joint agreement with the
local First Nation to work together on the development of a closure plan for the Faro Mine Complex. To
ensure support for the preferred closure option, there was a need to involve a wide range of
stakeholders/interested parties in the assessment.
This paper describes the site closure objectives, issues and the remediation options to reduce site liability
and risk to human health and the environment. Other objectives are to reduce impact to traditional land use
and to support socioeconomic activity for First Nations and Yukoners. A multi-attribute analysis was
developed and used with stakeholder representatives to assess closure options against objectives and a cost-
benefit analysis was performed with the results.
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Government of Canada, and the Department of Energy and Mines, Yukon Government.
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Closure of Faro Mine Complex. A memorandum prepared for the Department of Indian and Northern
Development, Government of Canada, and the Department of Energy and Mines, Yukon Government.
SRK Consulting Ltd (SRK) (2008) Options for the Closure of the Faro Mine Complex. A report prepared for the
Department of Indian and Northern Development, Government of Canada, and the Department of Energy and
Mines, Yukon Government.