Abandoned Mines Clean-up

The general principle for the clean-up of public lands controlled by Canada is "the polluter pays." When Canada transferred land, water, mineral and forest resources responsibilities to the Government of Yukon in 2003, we identified seven mines with potentially large unfunded environmental liabilities. These sites are called Type II Mines, and AANDC is contributing funds to clean them up.

As these mine sites become abandoned, Canada, Yukon and affected First Nations are working together to clean them up.

Our Type II Mines Project Office is currently involved in the remediation of four abandoned mines in the Yukon:

On the Keno mine we are working with the Elsa Reclamation and Development Company to clean up historic mining activities and provide care and maintenance to the United Keno Hill Mine.

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