The activities planned as part of Nemaska Lithium’s Whabouchi Project will require the implementation of an environmental and social monitoring program. Following discussions with stakeholders and provincial and federal authorities responsible for the environmental assessment procedure, the program presented in the ESIA initially filed in April 2013 was updated in 2014.

The objectives of the environmental monitoring program are to evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation and compensation measures set out in the ESIA, to track the development of certain valued environmental and social components, and to compare developments with pre-project conditions so as to identify trends or impacts arising from project activities or natural events.

The environmental and social monitoring program for the Whabouchi project will be developed in detail prior to project construction in collaboration with the Cree Nation of Nemaska, the Cree Nation Government as well as with provincial and federal authorities.

The program will target the physical, biological and social environments with the following components subject to monitoring:

  • Integrity and physical stability of structures;
  • Physical environment:Suivi environnemental
    • Weather and climate;
    • Ambient air quality and air emissions;
    • Groundwater quality and level;
    • Final effluent and surface water quality;
    • Vibrations and noise level.
  • Biological environment:
    • Agronomic monitoring (mine site revegetation);
    • Wetlands;
    • Sediment quality, fish and benthic invertebrate communities;
    • Avifauna;
    • Mammals;
    • Chiropterans.
  • Social environment:
    • Land and resource use;
    • Employment and economic spinoffs;
    • Community well-being;
    • Transportation on Route du Nord.

The environmental and social monitoring program will be implemented at the start of the construction phase and will continue for the life of the project. In compliance with the environmental management system (EMS) to be put in place, environmental monitoring will be carried out in each project phase (from construction to closure including reclamation) in compliance with applicable provincial and federal requirements. To ensure compliance with applicable standards and hence protect components in the receiving environment, corrective measures may also be proposed and implemented as part of the monitoring program.

The final program will describe how the results of monitoring will be used to adjust or modify project design and/or the implementation of mitigation measures to improve the project from an environmental perspective. This monitoring will allow Nemaska Lithium to be proactive in the event of a specific environmental issue and take swift, effective action.

Nemaska Lithium’s environmental officer will be responsible for the implementation of the environmental and social monitoring program, and will keep the Environmental Committee established under the Chinuchi Agreement informed while ensuring that any recommendations or observations made by this committee are taken into consideration.

Finally, Nemaska Lithium is committed to ensuring that members of the Cree community of Nemaska and specifically the R20 tallyman take an active part in environmental and social monitoring activities.