Mining and the Environment – The Britannia Mine, A Case Study is an introduction to mining and the environmental impacts of mining using the Britannia Mine as a case study. Specifically, it will provide a general understanding of the role of mining in society; the origin of ore deposits; the recovery of ore from mining through mineral processing; the environmental and social impacts of mining; mine closure design and reclamation; and mine permitting and sustainability. The two day course will be composed of two parts. Day one will consist of in-class discussions covering the background topics of geology, mining, and the environment ending in a discussion of the history of the Britannia Mine. During the second day, students will travel to the Britannia Mine, near Squamish, BC. An overview of current regulatory permitting requirements and commitments for sustainability (e.g., the concepts of a Social License to Operate and Corporate Social Responsibility) will be included. The course is geared towards individuals who are interested in developing a better and more informed understanding of the role of mining in our modern society, where the resources we depend upon come from, the social and environmental costs of the resources, and the current regulatory environment designed to control the social and environmental impacts of mining in the 21st century.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Effective as of Fall 2014
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