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The Government of Canada recognizes that not only is it important to
remediate federal contaminated sites, it is also necessary to prevent
them from occurring in the future.
As well, because of the importance of mining to the NWT, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada also
instituted the Mine
Site Reclamation Policy (MSRP) for the NWT, which reflects the Government
of Canada's commitment to ensure that new mining operations do not leave
a legacy of environmental and human health hazards or a financial liability
for the Canadian taxpayer.
Technologies associated with mine site remediation are continually
improving, as are mining practices. For example, most mining operations
now incorporate progressive remediation. This is a "clean up as you
go" approach, which has become a standard operating procedure for mining
in the North. This efficient, effective approach is in everyone's best
interests. The Mine
Site Reclamation Policy reflects this approach.