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$50.7 million earmarked to clean up orphaned and abandoned mines

Manitoba is investing an additional $50.7 million to accelerate clean up of orphaned and abandoned mines at several sites across the province.

An orphaned and abandoned mine is a site that is no longer in operationand the owner cannot be found or is financially unable to carry out site rehabilitation and remediation, which becomes the responsibility of the province to clean up.

“This new investment to remediate orphaned and abandoned mine sites will help reduce health risks to Manitobans and protect the environment while contributing to environmental sustainability and help build our green economy,” said Environment, Climate and Parks Minister Jeff Wharton.

The money will support the work of the Orphaned and Abandoned Mines Rehabilitation Program over the next five years. So far the program has completed work at 39 high and moderate-risk sites. Clean up of the sites involves debris clean up, installation of shaft caps, sealing mine openings, demolition and covering of tailings.

© News4.ca 2022

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