The Cheviot Mine Project underwent extensive public and regulatory review between 1994 and 2000. In 2000, the Joint Review Panel determined that, conditional on CRO meeting its commitments and the Panel’s requirements, the project met provincial and federal regulatory requirements and is in the public interest.
In 2004, when mining began in the Cheviot Creek phase of the Cheviot mine, joint government and Teck review teams were established to better understand and guide the relationship between mining and the environment . Areas of particular focus included water quality and flows, fisheries, aquatic monitoring, large carnivores, wildlife movement, harlequin ducks and recreational use. Work plans were developed for each of these interests and over the last six years have been completed or evolved into other processes.
With the 10-year renewal of our Environmental Protection & Enhancement Act (EPEA) approval for the Cheviot mine, we continue to focus on environmental management and performance. We maintain an extensive series of environmental management systems, and our annual reports provide information on the full range of these systems, monitoring results and adaptive refinements to our programs. Focused management plans are in place for aquatic monitoring, haul road water management, selenium, grizzly bears and harlequin ducks.