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Newcor mine site free of contamination: Ministry of Environment

Abandoned mine remediation project near Creighton completed
Newcor mine remediation
A mine site reclamation project at Creighton took 13 weeks and cost $1.6 million to complete.

REGINA — The Government of Saskatchewan recently completed remediation activities at the abandoned Newcor mine site near Creighton.

This work is the first of six remediation projects to be completed in a program to address abandoned mine sites on Crown land and reduce the number of contaminated sites in the province.

Remediation work at the Newcor mine site included:

  • the installation of an engineered cover system over contaminated waste rock and soil;
  • a permanent cover over the mine shaft;
  • removal of remaining building foundations; and
  • contouring and revegetation of the site.

QM Points LP and SNC-Lavalin Inc. oversaw the remediation and engineering work on this project. Work at the mine site took 13 weeks to complete and was within the proposed $1.6 million cost estimate for the project. 

Located less than two kilometres southwest of Creighton, the Newcor mine site is publicly accessible but the Ministry of Environment asks that users refrain from any activities that could disturb the new topsoil and harm the growth of new vegetation.

Remediation of the five other abandoned mine sites identified by the ministry will proceed in the coming years.