Quebec to spend $4.1M to clean up abandoned mining sites
KUUJJUAQ, QUE-The Quebec government will spend $4.1 million to clean up 18 abandoned mining exploration sites in the far northern territory of Nunavik, Premier Jean Charest announced recently. The restoration of these sites is the result of a partnership involving the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife, the Kativik regional admnistration (which will be responsible for project management), Makivik Corporation and the Restor-Action Nunavik Fund, created by mining exploration companies. Completion of remediation activities is expected by March 31, 2012 at the latest. The Nunavik cleanup is part of a larger ten-year plan by the Quebec government to clean up contaminated "orphan" sites, most of which are old mining sites.