Regulatory action – Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and associated regulations, various levels of regulatory action can be taken by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment.

2017

February 14, 2017

Update on the administrative monetary penalty (AMP) issued to Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.

On February 13, 2017, the CNSC confirmed that the AMP issued to Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. has been paid. The CNSC now considers this AMP closed.

January 6, 2017

Administrative monetary penalty issued to Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.

Today, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) announced it had issued an administrative monetary penalty (AMP) to Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd., in the amount of $3,970. In October 2016, the CNSC conducted an inspection which identified non-compliances related to vessel and hopper entry and work practices impacting the radiation protection program, which constitutes a violation of the Nuclear Substances and Radiation Devices Regulations.

The CNSC had also issued an order to Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited on October 19, 2016. The company currently holds a CNSC licence authorizing the possession, use, transfer and storage of fixed gauges.

The order was issued following a CNSC inspection at the Meadowbank Gold Mine near Baker Lake, NU. The inspection identified non-compliances with regard to vessel entries. The inspection also identified non-compliances with worker training, as well as deficiencies in the licensee’s implementation of the radiation protection program.

The order prohibits the licensee from performing any vessel entries into confined spaces with radiation devices, or from performing any tasks related to the direct handling of the radiation devices until the licensee can demonstrate that they have compliant procedures and documentation in place that have been accepted by the CNSC. Further, the order prohibits the licensee from performing these tasks until all workers have received training on these procedures and all items of non-compliance identified during the inspection have been corrected to the CNSC’s satisfaction.

On November 16, 2016, the CNSC confirmed that Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued on October 19, 2016. The corrective measures implemented by the company were reviewed and found to be satisfactory by CNSC staff.