EMAB monitors the regulators and managers and makes recommendations to them.
Regulators have the important responsibility of making sure the Lac de Gras area is not harmed by Diavik's mining activities.
They do this by:
- Making sure that Diavik fulfils its commitments
- Reviewing the many reports that Diavik has to provide
Some regulators are responsible for enforcing environmental laws, permits or licences.
Who are the regulators and managers?
Wek'eezhi Land and Water Board
The WLWB is responsible for the water licence and the technical review of all documents required under the licence. Staff are not technical experts; they coordinate the review of documents.
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
DFO reviews some of the reports submitted under the water licence and all the reports submitted under the fisheries authorizations.
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
INAC reviews reports required by the water licence and the land leases.
Environment and Climate Change Canada
ECCC reviews reports required by the water licence focusing on water and air quality.
Government of Northwest Territories - Environment and Natural Resources and Lands
GNWT-ENR reviews reports required by the water licence and land lease. ENR is a Party to the EA and responsible for wildlife. They review and comment on the Wildlife Effects Monitoring Program reports. They use available information to try to look at regional effects of the mines. They also propose better ways to monitor effects of Diavik on wildlife.
GNWT-Lands also reviews reports required by the water licence and land lease. Lands as an inspector assigned to Diavik. The inspector attends our meetings to let us know what's happening at the mine site. The inspector is also responsible for making sure Diavik meets the terms of its water licence and land leases.