Faro Mine Remediation Project

Rank 2021


Industry Sector: Other

Project Type: Remediation

Project Value: $500 million

Funding Source: Public

Federal Funding: $500 million

Province: Yukon

City / Region: Faro

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2039

Faro Mine is a former open-pit lead-zinc mine, one of the largest of its kind in the world at approximately 25 square kilometres. It is located in south-central Yukon near the town of Faro, on the traditional territory of the Kaska Nations. Abandoned in 1998, resource extraction led to 70 million tonnes of tailings and 320 million tonnes of waste rock. Care and maintenance work since then has helped to ensure water quality so that environmental standards are met. Early works projects are underway for the remediation project. including construction of the North Fork Rose Creek diversion. Remediation work is set to get underway in 2024.

Project Owner: Government of Canada

Environmental Services: Golder (environmental assessment)

Other Key Players: WSP (geotechnical services)


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