Nicola Mining Inc. (“we”, “us”, or “Nicola”) is committed to the British Columbia communities of Kamloops, Merritt and the Lower Nicola, the region which our name is based and our operations and corporate head offices are located.
As a company invested in leaving a positive legacy in every community with which we work, we are committed to the responsible development and operations of our mining activities in the Lower Nicola region. Adhering to the belief that natural resources can and must coexist with the environment and the region’s rich heritage, we are planning projects – and building local partnerships – to reduce the ecological impact of our mining practices so as to ensure our environment, communities and unique culture continue to thrive.
Responsible development means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the future. We pursue a higher standard by striving for best-in-class environmental performance while meeting the needs of today and respecting the needs of future generations.
Measuring, monitoring, and reducing our impact on the environment is a team effort and is core to Nicola philosophy. Our employees are trained to mitigate the impact of our operations and to do “the right thing”, all in an effort to safeguard our precious environment.
Dust and Plant Reclamation
Nicola continues to expand its focus on minimizing dust from historic tailings located at our New Craigmont Mine Site, located near Merritt, British Columbia, which were deposited up until 1982. Our current management places great emphasis on solving the historic dust issues left by the site’s historic operations and continues to work diligently on a multi-year project focus that includes depositing fill on top of the historic tailings in order to reduce tailings dust.
On June 18, 2020, we received a permit amendment allowing us to import materials – fly ash and reclaimed soil – as part of our long-term New Craigmont Mine Site reclamation plans. On October 21, 2020, Nicola received an additional amendment allowing it to receive Trans Mountain material for remediation purposes.
All material brought to the site is tested to assure environmental compliance. In connection with these reclamation efforts, we have established test plots, covered with fly ash and seeded with plants native to the region. We are proud to say that the outcomes of our test plots have been encouraging.