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View Christine Moore Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I will ask only one question, and then I will yield the floor to Mr. Rankin.
As we know, many homes have never been tested for radon, although a number of them are at risk. Could it be appropriate for CMHC, when processing a file for a home purchase, to require that the new buyer test for radon? That way someone buying a new home would know whether it contains radon or not and whether they have to make improvements to remedy the problem.
View Christine Moore Profile
NDP (QC)
That's okay. I'm finished.
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Thanks, Mr. Chair.
Thanks to the witnesses for joining us here today.
Ms. Strom, the participation of communities in environmental efforts has not been consistent throughout the last two decades. Perhaps you could talk to us a bit about the Cumulative Environmental Monitoring Association that was set up to do that. What happened to that particular organization?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
A number of stakeholders pulled out of the organization. Is that not correct?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Well, obviously people must be very concerned about penalizing environmental impacts, because that's one thing that does happen with any modern-day industrial work that goes on. Why would these groups have pulled out? Is it because they didn't feel that they had enough control over the direction this was taking?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Okay, but it does point out that when you're engaging with groups outside of government, where there are regulations in place and where you're attempting to provide a cooperative basis, there is a great need for understanding between the groups. Is that not correct?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Ms. Grondin, the dust on the access road had been identified as an issue. Has that issue with the community been resolved?
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Both with Baker Lake and, I'm sure, with your mine, there's a high cost of energy. What is your company's commitment to looking at sources of renewable energy?
We've been very successful in the Northwest Territories with Ekati mine installing wind turbines. Have you done any work in this direction yet at your mine site?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My thanks to the witnesses for being here.
My first question is for the representative of Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, Louise Grondin.
Looking at your 2014 report on sustainable development, I see that your annual reports are quite comprehensive. You have mines in Quebec, including in Abitibi, and I see you have a section on greenhouse gas emissions. Are you a participant in the Quebec-California carbon market that requires caps on emissions and carbon trading to which Quebec is a signatory? Is your company, or will it be, regulated by that carbon market?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
My apologies, Ms. Grondin, but I have very little time at my disposal.
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Sorry to interrupt, Ms. Grondin, but we have very little time. That is why I am rushing you a bit.
If I understand correctly, you are currently not subject to the carbon market, but what do you think about that idea in general? I see that you are making tremendous efforts. You have reduced your intensity by 28% in one year. That was last year, so from 2013 to 2014. You are making efforts. How interested is your company in participating in the carbon market? Why would that be a good idea for you?
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
The carbon market is a system for capping emissions. A reduction in emissions is requested each year. Afterwards, if someone is not able to achieve the reduction objectives, they can exchange or purchase credits. I think that could benefit you. Although the intensity of GHG emissions has greatly diminished, it is still difficult to control the emissions. Your company continues to grow, and GHG emissions in the mines are increasing in spite of of everything. Therefore, I think it is important to make all the necessary efforts, as you mentioned, to combat this GHG scourge.
I would like to say something to Ms. Strom.
In the analysis before us, we see that you have concluded an agreement with the Pembina Institute. I saw that the institute produced a report in 2010, and the report talked about some problems related to water retention ponds, for instance. I suppose it is based on—
View François Choquette Profile
NDP (QC)
Okay.
I suppose you concluded the agreement with the institute in order to improve that situation.
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Ms. Grondin, I just wanted to touch back on that energy issue, because in the Northwest Territories we built our communities around mines and we built hydroelectric facilities to service those mines. Out of that, we got an electrical system that is almost 100% renewable in the southern part of our territory, and that was really good.
When you talk about wind power, have you worked with the community of Baker Lake? That is the resource that they have in that area. Consider working with Baker Lake, with the federal government perhaps even as a partner because the federal government puts a lot of money into Nunavut, to start looking at the construction of these facilities that could be used in perpetuity as well by the community of Baker Lake.
View Dennis Bevington Profile
NDP (NT)
Thank you very much. I just have very limited time and I wanted to ask Ms. Strom a question as well.
In the process that you're using now for upgrading, you're coking the materials. Is that correct?
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