Newmont’s $160 Million Water Treatment Plant at Porcupine Mine
On November 18, Newmont’s Porcupine mine was pleased to host Ontario Premier Doug Ford on site, alongside members of his cabinet, to announce its new state-of-the-art water treatment plant. Throughout 2021 and 2022, Newmont made a $160 million investment into the new plant, which will benefit the entire ecosystem and surrounding watershed through the collection, treatment and return of impacted water. Provincially, this plant will have among the lowest effluent discharge limits within the mining sector. The investment demonstrates how industrial and environmental interests can be aligned, and is a strong example of Newmont’s commitment to sustainable and responsible mining.
Newmont anticipates that construction of the plant will be completed before year end and begin discharging in 2023; once operational, the plant will return up to 13 million cubic meters of treated clean water to the Mattagami, Frederickhouse and Upper Kapuskasing watersheds. After more than a century of mining in Timmins, the next phase of operations at Porcupine is an opportunity to support regreening the region, significantly improve site water management and support the local watersheds while maintaining employment and economic benefits for Northern Ontario communities, local First Nations and the government. Ontario Premier Doug Ford commended Newmont Porcupine for its environmental stewardship: “This investment from Newmont is a huge vote of confidence in Timmins, our workers and the future of Northern Ontario. We are grateful that Newmont has chosen to deepen its commitment to Ontario, and we look forward to seeing them thrive right here in Timmins.”