Please find attached the summary report of the Giant Mine Oversight Board (GMOB) Workshop: Designing an Active Research Program for Managing Arsenic Trioxide as prepared by DPRA who facilitated the event. The workshop, held on October 19-20, 2017 in Ottawa, brought nine research experts together with the Directors and staff of the Giant Mine Oversight Board.
As background information, following the Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Giant Mine Remediation Project, the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board concluded that the Frozen Block Method was the most appropriate approach currently available for managing the underground arsenic trioxide at the mine site but stated that this was to be an interim solution. The 2015 Environmental Agreement led to the creation of the Giant Mine Oversight Board (GMOB) whose mandate included responsibility for the creation and management of a research program to lead to a more permanent solution for the underground arsenic trioxide.
As a first step, GMOB completed the Giant Mine State of Knowledge Review: Arsenic Dust Management Strategies in August 2017 and publicly presented the results of that review. The GMOB Workshop: Designing an Active Research Program for Managing Arsenic Trioxide is the second step in the development of the formal research program. As a result of the workshop, GMOB has seen progress on the Actions as outlined in Section 4.8 of the report.
The Board will continue to report on the development of its research program and is always open to input from the professional research community and the public in this regard.
Dr. Kathleen Racher