The mining properties of Torngat Metals are located in a remote but world-famous area on the border of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador. As community members, employees and stewards of the land and natural resource the indigenous and local communities are valued contributors to the success of the company. Torngat is an active collaborator with the community recognizing that their mutual success and well-being are inextricably linked. These factors shape Torngat's site exploration and development through to future mine operations planning. Below are some of the ways that ways in which Torngat will demonstrate the power of adopting leading-edge technologies and mining practices to enable the clean, low carbon and ethical society of tomorrow.
Minimizing Environmental Impact
Torngat will be the first mine in the world to deploy Lockheed Martin airships to transport the rare earths to southern Quebec. This avoids the need to build approximately 200 km of new road, eliminating the impact of road construction and heavy trucking activity on lands, wildlife and habitat.
Torngat’s production plant at mine site is designed to have a minimal footprint, and to be environmentally sustainable with wind power, responsible residue management, , and closed loop water management.
Social licence is crucial for Torngat to proceed with the development of the mine and developing social licence is an ongoing focus. To date, Torngat believes that it has and will continue to have social licence. Torngat is successfully engaging with the Indigenous groups in regions where Torngat will have a geographic footprint, including at mine site and in Schefferville. Torngat is actively engaging with all the groups including the Inuit Innu and Naskapi Nations. The discussions have covered Torngat's commitment to minimize its environmental footprint, to ensure that there is no discharge or impact on the George River watershed, and the economic development and employment opportunities are maximized for local communities. Two topics which are issues for other mining developments are tailings and radioactivity. Torngat has successfully communicated its plans to carefully manage tailings which will be dry-stacked (no liquid tailings), and its plans to properly manage the naturally occurring radioactivity from the low levels of U and Th in the ore. Torngat has already reviewed its plans with the Canadian regulators.