Mining & Smelting Waste Guidance Documents

General Guidance

  • Conceptual Site Model (CSM) Guidance (PDF, 1.2 MB)
    • A Conceptual Site Model is an optional approach to support EMA effluent permitting applications. A CSM is an approach that could enable the proponent to convey existing information requirements in a format that may be more easily understood by a range of stakeholders, including Indigenous groups and the public. A CSM does not replace other requirements under the EMA or its regulations, application process, the use of an Information Requirement Table or Technical Assessment Report.
  • Joint Mines Act /Environmental Management Act Permit Application Information Requirements (PDF)
    • ​​This document sets out the information that is required to support a joint application for a Mines Act permit and an effluent discharge permit under EMA issued by the Province. It is intended for both new and existing major mines, including major expansions. The combined technical information requirements are intended to reduce overlap in information required by the ministries responsible and enable one application, or bundled applications, to be submitted for review.
  • Metal Leaching and Acid Rock Drainage (ML/ARD) Guidance and Policy (PDF)
    • ML/ARD can be a significant environmental issue at mines in B.C. These documents guide proponents in assessing and mitigating ML/ARD issues within the B.C. regulatory framework.

Environmental Management Act (EMA)Technical Guidance

Fact Sheets