Energy, Mines and Resources

Assessment and Abandoned Mines

Reclaiming Abandoned Mines

Yukon has several mine sites that were identified at the time of devolution in 2003 as having the potential for unfunded environmental liabilities if abandoned without proper closure.

Faro, Mount Nansen and Clinton Creek mines are abandoned and are currently managed by the Government of Yukon with funding from the Government of Canada. The Yukon government continues to work with Canada to ensure that there is long-term funding available to expedite closure of the historical liabilities of these sites.

Keno, formally known as United Keno Hill Mines, has been purchased by Elsa Reclamation Development Company (ERDC) which is responsible for the care, maintenance and closure of the mine site, with government funding provided to address the historical liabilities at the site. Governments continue to work closely with ERDC on closure planning for these historical liabilities.

Status Update:

  • Creek channel stabilization at the Clinton Creek mine site, with ongoing monitoring to ensure remedial measures continue to function; technical work to support the development of a closure alternatives document.
  • Closure planning work at the Faro Mine Complex, including technical studies to characterize closure issues and define closure alternatives and an Independent Peer review of the technical viability of the alternatives.  
  • Keno Hill Mine site returned to the private sector for further remediation and possible development.

Collaboration and Outreach
Assessment and Abandoned Mines is working with First Nations and the federal government to ensure that First Nations have the capacity to participate in the closure planning and implementation processes. 

Assessment and Abandoned Mines has carried out numerous workshops and meetings with First Nations on various technical aspects of closure planning, building awareness of closure issues and alternative approaches to address them. In addition Assessment and Abandoned Mines has supported the attendance of First Nation members at conferences and field trips to see successful closures of mine sites in British Columbia and other locations.