Vale has received a three year extension on the base-level industrial emission requirements compliance date for their smelting operations in Thompson. Vale Manager of Corporate Affairs Ryan Land says the terms of the extension are yet to be set. He explains they have always operated under limits that would be mandated by federal and provincial government regulations and going forward it’ll be no different. He says establishing those limits is the subject of ongoing discussions with Environment Canada so that’s what they’re focusing on before they finalize the terms of the extension.
Land says the extension allows Vale to focus on accessing new resources. The base-level industrial emission requirements were introduced by the federal government in 2012 and plants are expected to comply by January 1st, 2016.