TORONTO – The Ontario government is hoping to improve public safety and reopen its abandoned mine sites for possible commercial or recreational use, Northern Development & Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced on Nov. 9. The government is setting aside $60 million over six years for its Abandoned Mines Rehabilitation Program.
The province has promised to spend $10 million annually for work such as capping, monitoring, filling in or fencing off surface hazards to ensure public safety. This year’s projects include the ongoing rehabilitation of the Kam Kotia site near Timmins, the Agnew Lake site near Sudbury, and a study of 86 other tailings sites in the province.
Contact the ONTARIO MINISTRY OF NORTHERN DEVELOPMENT & MINES at www.mndm.gov.on.ca.