Faro Mine: Monthly Archives - May 2007
Interim Receiver Transition
May 29, 2007
Since 1998, the Faro Mine site has been managed by Deloitte and Touche, as the court-appointed Interim Receiver. Part of its responsibility has been to carry out the annual program of site care and maintenance to protect the environment and human health, and ensure people's safety. This program has been funded and overseen by the federal government.
Recently, the Interim Receiver told the Yukon and federal governments that it will be asking the court to discharge it as the Interim Receiver for Anvil Range in February 2009. After this date, the Yukon and federal governments will take over responsibility for site care and maintenance. We are currently starting the process to find a contractor to be in place by February 2009.
Public Process to Choose New Contractor
The governments are working closely with the Interim Receiver to make sure that the transition to a new care and maintenance contractor is smooth, and that human health and the environment continue to be protected. To achieve this, it is very important that the current standards for protection of human health and the environment are maintained.
The open and competitive process to choose a new care and maintenance contractor will begin this summer, and will likely take a year to complete. We will be evaluating proposals from potential contractors against a number of criteria. These will include management and technical capacity, maintaining health and environmental protection measures, and benefits for local and First Nation people and businesses. The new care and maintenance contract will be let and managed by the Yukon government, while continuing to be funded by the Government of Canada.
No Impact on Closure Planning
This change in responsibility for care and maintenance will not affect the work of developing the closure and remediation plan for the Faro Mine. The work on the development of the plan continues on schedule.