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Title: Environmental Laws & Regulations
Post by: shiver on March 17, 2009, 03:25:37 PM
Environmental Laws & Regulations
Either the provincial or federal government, or both, closely regulates every step in the mining process. The following is a list of the environmental laws and regulations that govern mining in British Columbia.



Government of Canada



    * Canadian Environmental Assessment Act - Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/C-15.31/)

    * Canadian Environmental Protection Act - Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/C-15.31/)

    * Fisheries Act - Fisheries Act (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/F-14/)


    * Navigable Waters Protection Act - Navigable Waters Protection Act (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/N-22/)

    * Migratory Birds Act - Print (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/ShowFullDoc/cs/M-7.01///en)



Province Of British Columbia




    * Mines Act † (incl. Health, Safety & Reclamation Code & Mineral Exploration Code) -
      http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20m%20--/mines%20act%20%20rsbc%201996%20%20c.%20293/00_96293_01.xml

    * Environmental Assessment Act -
      Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/C-15.31/)

    * Environment & Land Use Act -
       http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20e%20--/environment%20and%20land%20use%20act%20%20rsbc%201996%20%20c.%20117/00_96117_01.xml
   
    * Metal Mining Effluent Regulations -
      http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans-habitat/habitat/policies-politique/factsheets-fichesderenseignements/mmer-remm_e.asp

    * Environment Management Act -
      http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20E%20--/Environmental%20Management%20Act%20%20SBC%202003%20%20c.%2053/00_Act/03053_00.htm

- Contaminated Sites Regulation -
http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20E%20--/Environmental%20Management%20Act%20%20SBC%202003%20%20c.%2053/05_Regulations/16_375_96%20Contaminated%20Sites%20Regulation/375_96_00.htm
     
- Petroleum Storage and Distribution Facilities - http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20e%20--/environmental%20management%20act%20%20sbc%202003%20%20c.%2053/05_regulations/35_168_94.xml
     
- Storm Water Regulation
     
- Placer Mining Waste Control Regulation - http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20e%20--/environmental%20management%20act%20%20sbc%202003%20%20c.%2053/05_regulations/36_107_89.xml
     
- Hazardous Waste Regulation - http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20E%20--/Environmental%20Management%20Act%20%20SBC%202003%20%20c.%2053/05_Regulations/22_63_88%20Hazardous%20Waste%20Regulation/63_88_00.htm
     
- Spill Reporting Regulation - http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20e%20--/environmental%20management%20act%20%20sbc%202003%20%20c.%2053/05_regulations/43_263_90.xml
     
- Sulphur Content of Fuel Regulation - http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20e%20--/environmental%20management%20act%20%20sbc%202003%20%20c.%2053/05_regulations/45_67_89.xml
     
- Waste Management Permit Fees Regulation - http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20e%20--/environmental%20management%20act%20%20sbc%202003%20%20c.%2053/05_regulations/34_299_92.xml
     
- Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation - http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20e%20--/environmental%20management%20act%20%20sbc%202003%20%20c.%2053/05_regulations/31_145_93.xml
   


    * Drainage, Ditch and Dike Act -
      http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20D%20--/Drainage%20%20Ditch%20and%20Dike%20Act%20%20RSBC%201996%20%20c.%20102/00_96102_01.xml

    * Forest Act (including the Forest Practices Code) -
      http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20f%20--/forest%20act%20%20rsbc%201996%20%20c.%20157/00_act/96157_00.htm

    * Health Act -
      http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20h%20--/health%20act%20%20rsbc%201996%20%20c.%20179/00_96179_01.xml

    * Waste Management Act - Repealed by the Environmental Management Act   
   
    * Water Act -
      http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20w%20--/water%20act%20%20rsbc%201996%20%20c.%20483/00_96483_01.xml

    * Water Protection Act -
      http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20w%20--/water%20protection%20act%20%20rsbc%201996%20%20c.%20484/00_96484_01.xml

    * Wildlife Act -
      http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20w%20--/wildlife%20act%20%20rsbc%201996%20%20c.%20488/00_96488_01.xml

    * Fisheries Act -
      http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/ShowFullDoc/cs/F-14///en

    * Fish Protection Act -
      http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/habitat/fish_protection_act/act/documents/act-theact.html
   
    * Mining right of way act -
      http://www.bclaws.ca/Recon/document/freeside/--%20m%20--/mining%20right%20of%20way%20act%20%20rsbc%201996%20%20c.%20294/00_96294_01.xml






Please feel free to edit/add to, or post the more specific regs pertaining to small scale placer mining.  <-good_>


Title: Re: Environmental Laws & Regulations
Post by: honeyman76 on March 18, 2009, 08:19:32 AM
Hi Shiver,

Am I wrong in reading the Mines Act as being for the Big mining companies using mechanical equipment to move material and not being for the small time prospector? I was told, that more and more the regs are leaning on the Big time companies and give exemptions to the small time prospector as the costs out way the result of prosecution of a hand placer miner.
Title: Re: Environmental Laws & Regulations
Post by: Golddigger on March 18, 2009, 02:31:24 PM
I think it comes into play when you get permitted for mechanized mining. I mean until then your still considered prospecting, or exploring for minerals.

Once you get permitted your mining, and  you still have the permits, reclamation bonds etc. same as the big operations. Just on a smaller scale.
Title: Re: Environmental Laws & Regulations
Post by: Golddigger on March 18, 2009, 02:38:29 PM
From the mines act..




"mine" includes

(a) a place where mechanical disturbance of the ground or any excavation is made to explore for or to produce coal, mineral bearing substances, placer minerals, rock, limestone, earth, clay, sand or gravel,

(b) all cleared areas, machinery and equipment for use in servicing a mine or for use in connection with a mine and buildings other than bunkhouses, cook houses and related residential facilities,

(c) all activities including exploratory drilling, excavation, processing, concentrating, waste disposal and site reclamation,

(d) closed and abandoned mines, and

(e) a place designated by the chief inspector as a mine;

"mining activity" means any activity related to

(a) the exploration and development of a mineral, a placer mineral, coal, sand, gravel or rock, or

(b) the production of a mineral, a placer mineral, coal, sand, gravel or rock,

and includes the reclamation of a mine;



Title: Re: Environmental Laws & Regulations
Post by: honeyman76 on March 18, 2009, 08:49:39 PM
Even after I read this, I don`t see how a hand placer miner falls under the mining Act. Nobody would do it with all the  permits that are required or could afford to run a small 4 foot sluice.
Title: Re: Environmental Laws & Regulations
Post by: shiver on March 19, 2009, 04:49:05 AM
Hey Dwayne,

I don't think I stated that the mines act has any relation to a hand panner.  <-dont~know->

These acts are simply posted as reference for those who run small scale placer mining operations, which many of us here do.. or are considering in the near future.