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Clean-tech firm tackling mine-water waste

BluMetric Environmental signs on with Harte Gold
BluMetric wastewater treatment plant

An Ottawa industrial clean-tech firm, BluMetric Environmental, said it’s scored more than $2.2 million in contract work across Canada, including at an emerging gold mine development in northwestern Ontario.

The company will be designing, supplying and installing a $1.03-million mine-water treatment system for Harte Gold’s Sugar Zone Project in the Hemlo gold camp. 

Mine commissioning is slated for next spring.

According to a Nov. 29 company news release, the water treatment system being designed for Harte Gold will treat ammonia using a resin exchange system, in addition to more conventional metals treatment.  

"The Harte Gold project fits precisely into our strategy of developing situationally tailored mine-water treatment systems for use in challenging environments that are often compounded by complex water chemistry," said Dan Scroggins, BluMetric's vice-president of research and innovation, in a statement.  "Ammonia from runoff and mine dewatering is a significant obstacle for mine developers and operators, and BluMetric is very well positioned to help mining clients successfully and cost-effectively face these challenges."

The Harte Gold property is 25 kilometres off the Trans-Canada Highway, north of White River.

The company’s other contracts are in environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, waste management and site remediation for government and community clients in Nunavut, Northwest Territories and in the Yukon.