In 2005, Saskatchewan began to develop an institutional control framework for the long-term management of decommissioned mine and mill sites on provincial Crown land. The framework established a formal regulatory process for long-term site management when all activities had been completed and for the transfer of site responsibility back to the provincial Crown. The process is designed to:
- ensure the health, safety and well-being of future generations;
- protect the environment;
- provide closure for the mining industry; and
- meet national and international standards and requirements.
In 2007, the province legislated The Reclaimed Industrial Sites Act and The Reclaimed Industrial Sites Regulations to establish and enforce the Institutional Control Program, which implements the process for:
- the long-term monitoring and maintenance of sites when mining/milling activities have ended, remediation has been completed and approved; and
- transferring the site to provincial responsibility.
The two primary components of the program are:
The Institutional Control Program: Post Closure Management of Decommissioned Mine/Mill Properties Located on Crown Land in Saskatchewan discussion paper outlines the operation of the Institutional Control Registry and the requirements for a company to enter a site into the registry.