FARO, YUKON — The federal government has announced the awarding of a major contract for the next phase of the North Fork Rose Creek realignment project at the Faro Mine site in central Yukon, part of the broader Faro Mine remediation project.
R. Pelly Construction Ltd. was the successful bidder on the $44.4-million project, which is required to prevent the creek from coming into contact with contaminated water on the site, a May 31 release stated.
The Faro Mine is an abandoned lead-zinc mine and represents one of the largest contaminated sites in Canada.
Processing of minerals at the mine left behind 70 million tonnes of tailings and 320 million tonnes of waste rock.
This waste has the potential to leach heavy metals and acid into the surrounding land and water.
The realignment of North Fork Rose Creek includes the construction of a new 1.9-kilometre water channel, road construction, water management and other related works.
A 1.15-kilometre-long diversion channel built earlier this year will be used to divert the existing North Fork Rose Creek from the current construction area before work begins on the new channel.
Parsons Inc. is serving as the interim construction manager for the project.
The Government of Canada is funding the project and is leading the maintenance, site monitoring, consultation, remediation plan design and regulatory process.