Alliance Magnesium, a sustainable solution
Danville, October 28, 2019 – The minister of Environnement et de la Lutte aux Changements Climatiques (MELCC) announced this morning the holding of a generic BAPE on the problem of asbestos, asbestos mine tailings and their possible recovery. Alliance Magnesium (AMI) produces magnesium by valuing residues, called serpentine, from the past extraction of the asbestos industry. AMI has a very sharp knowledge of its raw material and has developed over the last seven years a great expertise. Since the start of operations, the company has always been committed to valuing the raw material in a safe way for the public and workers. In addition, AMI’s technology eliminates any residual trace of chrysotile fibers as soon as it enters the production process.
The conscientious work carried out by AMI for analyses, demonstrations and projections, several of which were carried out by independent laboratories and engineering firms, was able to demonstrate compliance with the standards and standards of the environment, health and safety. His analyses and demonstrations enabled him to obtain the two certificates of environmental authorization (CA) of the MELCC necessary for its operations. A first for the piloting phase, which required investments of $16 million, including $5 million from the Government of Quebec and created a dozen jobs. A second for its commercial demonstration phase, which requires more than $100 million in investments and of which the Government of Quebec is an important partner. This phase, scheduled for construction in 2020, will create 75 quality jobs.
“The knowledge and expertise that AMI gained in data and results of work in the presence of residual fibres was, on the face of it, a non-negotiable element for the protection of our workers and the public. Now, nos work can be used to reflect the BAPE on the safe disposal of mine tailings. explains Dr. Joel Fournier, Ph.D., MBA, the company’s President. AMI believes that the work of the BAPE should be used to provide a picture of current standards and thresholds to clarify its use and affected areas of activity. In addition, the company argues that it is important to tie up and standardize analytical methods to realistically identify different business sectors. Dr. Fournier concludes by mentioning that “we must, yes, define how to work intelligently with this material, but that we must also ensure that we do not prevent Quebec’s potential for valuation and innovation with our mining liabilities. This is exactly what AMI has achieved. »
About Alliance Magnesium inc.
AMI is a private company founded in 2012 that produces magnesium through responsible upgrading of serpentine residues from decades of chrysotile extraction in Quebec. Owner of millions of tons of this raw material, it is thanks to a clean technology, developed in Quebec, proven and patented, that AMI can produce magnesium the responsible of the planet, to build a greener future. Also, in the spirit of the circular economy, AMI also produces recycled magnesium from retails from processing companies.
In a nutshell:
- The patented magnesium production process will completely eliminate the residual fibers contained in the serpentine.
- The certificate of authorization for the commercial demonstration phase was obtained.
- The standards applied and contained in the Environmental Authorization Certificate for tailings handling are 250 times higher than the Canadian standard.
- Since the launch of its activities in 2012, AMI has always been concerned about being able to enhance the raw material in a safe way for the population and our workers.
- Several studies and analyses have been carried out by independent laboratories.
- These studies confirm that the operations are conducted in accordance with the highest standards of environment, health and safety.
- AMI’s work can be used to reflect on the safe disposal of mine tailings that may contain asbestos.
- AMI is part of the solution.
Karine Vallières, Communications and public affair director