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BRITISH COLUMBIA                                                                      Box 5000
                                                                                      Smithers
                                                                                      British Columbia V0J 2N0
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                                   MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT,
                                        LANDS AND PARKS

                                               PERMIT
                                               PR-12977
                        Under the Provisions of the Waste Management Act

                                     Prime Resources Group Inc.
                                    1000 - 700 West Pender Street
                                            Vancouver, B.C.
                                                V6C 1G8
      is authorized to discharge refuse to the ground and contaminants to the air from a mining
      camp located at Eskay Creek approximately 83 km northeast of Stewart, British Columbia,
      subject to the conditions listed below. Contravention of any of these conditions is a
      violation of the Waste Management Act and may result in prosecution.

      1.        AUTHORIZED DISCHARGES

                1.1   Camp Refuse Disposal

                      The discharge of refuse to which this Sub-Section is applicable is from a
                      camp complex serving an underground mining operation as shown on the
                      attached Site Plan A. The reference number for this discharge is E222212.

                      1.1.1   The maximum authorized rate of discharge is 1.0 m3/day, 7
                              days/week, 52 weeks/year.

                      1.1.2   The characteristics of the discharge shall be typical of unburnable
                              municipal solid waste and of ashes resulting from the incineration of
                              putrescible waste.

                      1.1.3   The works authorized are a landfill trench and related appurtenances
                              approximately located as shown on the attached Site Plan A.




Date Issued:                                                                 J. Hofweber, P. Eng.
Date Amended:                                                         Assistant Regional Waste Manager
(most recent)
Page: 1 of 8                                                                                 PERMIT: PR-12977
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BRITISH COLUMBIA


                      1.1.4   The location of the facilities from which the discharge originates is
                              Mining Lease 472, 83 km northeast of Stewart, B.C. at 590 39' north
                              latitude and 1300 and 27' west longitude, Tenure Number 306627,
                              Skeena Mining Division.

                      1.1.5   The location of the point of discharge is Mining Lease 450, Lot 7092,
                              Tenure Number 306286, Skeena Mining Division.

                1.2   Air Emissions from Regulated Open Burning of Wood and Associated
                      Products

                      The discharge of emissions to which this Sub-Section is applicable is from an
                      open-burning site. The reference number for this discharge is E222215.

                      1.2.1   The maximum authorized rate of wood and associated
                              products to be burned is 10 m3/month.

                      1.2.2   The characteristics of the discharge shall be typical of
                              emissions from the regulated open burning of scrap lumber,
                              cardboard and paper waste.

                      1.2.3   The works authorized are the same as those set out in Section
                              1.1.3.

                      1.2.4   The location of the facilities from which the discharge
                              originates and the location of the point of discharge is the
                              same location as set out in Sub-section 1.1.4.

                1.3   Inert Construction Material & Scrap Metal Disposal

                      The discharge of refuse to which this Sub-Section is applicable is from an
                      underground mining operation as shown on the attached Site Plan A. The
                      reference number for this discharge is E222216.

                      1.3.1   The maximum volume of inert refuse that may be discharged
                              is 60 tonnes/year.

                      1.3.2   The characteristics of the discharge shall be typical of inert
                              construction material and scrap metal.

                      1.3.3   The works authorized are a landfill trench, diversion ditches,
                              berms and associated appurtenances.




Date Issued:                                                                  J. Hofweber, P. Eng.
Date Amended:                                                          Assistant Regional Waste Manager
(most recent)
Page: 2 of 8                                                                                  PERMIT: PR-12977
PROVINCE OF                                                                          Environmental Protection
BRITISH COLUMBIA


                   1.3.4   The location of the facilities from which the discharge
                           originates and the location of the point of discharge is the
                           same as the location set out in Sub-section 1.1.4 and 1.1.5
                           respectively.

         1.4    Auxiliary Fuelled, Forced Air Incinerator

                The discharge of emissions to which this Sub-Section is applicable is from an
                auxiliary fuelled, forced air incinerator located as shown on the attached Site Plan B.
                The reference number for this discharge is E222213.

                1.4.1   The maximum authorized rate of discharge is indeterminant.

                1.4.2   The characteristics of the emissions shall be typical of those resulting from a
                        well operated auxiliary fuelled refuse incinerator.

                1.4.3   The works authorized are an auxiliary fuelled, forced air refuse
                        incinerator located approximately as shown on attached Site Plan A.

                1.4.4   The location of the facilities from which the discharge originates and
                        the location of the point of discharge is the same location as set out in
                        Sub-Section 1.1.4.

         1.5    Sewage Sludge Disposal

                The discharge of sludge to which this Sub-Section is applicable is from the sewage
                system servicing the mining complex and the underground toilets. The reference
                number for this discharge is E222221.

                1.5.1   The maximum rate at which sludge may be discharged is 50 m3/year.

                1.5.2   The characteristics of the discharge shall be typical of sludge from a
                        rotating biological contactor serving the main Eskay Creek Mine
                        complex, and portable washrooms serving the underground mine.

                1.5.3   The works authorized are a sludge disposal pit.

                1.5.4   The location of the facilities from which the discharge originates is
                        the same as set out in Section 1.1.4.




Date Issued:                                                                  J. Hofweber, P. Eng.
Date Amended:                                                          Assistant Regional Waste Manager
(most recent)
Page: 3 of 8                                                                                  PERMIT: PR-12977
PROVINCE OF                                                                       Environmental Protection
BRITISH COLUMBIA


                1.5.5   The location of the point of discharge is at a point commencing 169 metres
                        azimuth 315 degrees, west of kilometre 2 marker on the Iskut Road, thence
                        100 metres azimuth 225 degrees; thence 300 meters azimuth 315 degrees;
                        thence 100 meters azimuth 45 degrees; thence 300 meters azimuth 135
                        degrees, or at an alternative location acceptable to the Regional Waste
                        Manager. Authorization to utilize an alternative location must be obtained in
                        writing from the Regional Waste Manager.

   2.    GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

         2.1    Maintenance of Works and Emergency Procedures

                The Permittee shall inspect the pollution control works regularly and maintain them
                in good working order. In the event of an emergency or condition beyond the control
                of the Permittee which prevents continuing operation of the approved method of
                pollution control, the Permittee shall immediately notify the Regional Waste Manager
                and take appropriate remedial action.

         2.2    Bypasses

                The discharge of contaminants which has bypassed the designated treatment works is
                prohibited unless the consent of the Regional Waste Manager is obtained and
                confirmed in writing.

         2.3    Process Modification

                The Permittee shall notify the Regional Waste Manager prior to implementing
                changes to any process that may affect the quality and/or quantity of the discharge.

         2.4    Site Preparation and Restoration

                Provision for surface water diversionary works, firebreaks and site restoration as
                required, shall be carried out to the satisfaction of the Regional Waste Manager.

   3.    LANDFILL OPERATION

         3.1    Operational Requirements for Disposal of Camp Refuse

                The Permittee shall compact the refuse and apply cover material over the refuse at a
                minimum frequency of once every two months.




Date Issued:                                                               J. Hofweber, P. Eng.
Date Amended:                                                       Assistant Regional Waste Manager
(most recent)
Page: 4 of 8                                                                               PERMIT: PR-12977
PROVINCE OF                                                                        Environmental Protection
BRITISH COLUMBIA


         3.2    Operational Requirements For Final Cover of Refuse

                The Permittee shall apply final cover when the site has reached its capacity. The
                cover shall consist of 1.0 (one) metre (minimum depth) of glacial till with a top layer
                of 10 cm of topsoil to support vegetation. Sufficient cover shall be applied to account
                for settling. The final cover shall be compacted and sloped to the grade of the
                surrounding topography.

         3.3    Burning Restriction

                Regulated open burning at the site authorized by Section 1.2 shall be conducted in
                accordance with Section 5.0.

         3.4    Extinguishment of Fires

                The Permittee shall immediately extinguish all open fires or smouldering fires within
                the boundaries of the landfill operation unless the fire occurs in the course of
                regulated open burning as authorized by Section 1.2 and in accordance with Section
                5.0.

         3.5    Restricted Wastes

                No wastes shall be disposed of at these sites which are unacceptable to the Regional
                Waste Manager including, but not limited to, special wastes as defined by the Special
                Waste Regulation. Lead-acid batteries and tires equal to or less than 42 centimetres
                (16.5") in rim size shall not be landfilled.

         3.6    Segregation of Scrap Metal

                The Permittee shall make all reasonable efforts to segregate scrap metal such that
                salvage is possible. Segregated scrap metal shall be stored until such time as a
                salvage operator has assessed its acceptability for recovery. After the salvage
                assessment, scrap metal deemed to be not recyclable is authorized to be disposed of
                in accordance with Section 1.3.

         3.7    Litter Control

                Litter shall be controlled by compacting the waste, minimizing the work face area,
                applying cover at required frequencies, and/or providing litter control fences and
                other practical means. Any litter scattered beyond the trench confines shall be
                cleaned-up immediately. The Regional Waste Manager may specify additional
                requirements for the control and clean-up of scattered refuse.




Date Issued:                                                                J. Hofweber, P. Eng.
Date Amended:                                                        Assistant Regional Waste Manager
(most recent)
Page: 5 of 8                                                                                PERMIT: PR-12977
PROVINCE OF                                                                          Environmental Protection
BRITISH COLUMBIA


         3.8    Surface Water Management

                The distance between a refuse disposal site and a surface water body shall be a
                minimum of 100 metres. Refuse shall not be discharged less than four feet above the
                normal highest ground water table measured at the fill area. Runoff shall be diverted
                away from the landfill site to prevent contact with wastes.


   4.    OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INCINERATION OF PUTRESCIBLE
         MATERIALS

         The Permittee shall ensure that adequate measures are taken to prevent accidental fires in
         accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Forests.

         In the event of any undesirable odorous emission from this incinerator operation (including
         those from refuse storage prior to incineration), the Permittee may be required to provide
         additional control measures and/or curtail operation.

         All storage of wastes shall be adequate to prevent attraction of bears and other animals.

         4.1    Disposal of Ash

                The residue of combustion shall be removed from the incinerator regularly and shall
                be disposed of on a site and in a manner authorized by Section 1.1.

         4.2    Incineration Frequency

                The Permittee is required to incinerate all putrescible waste daily.

   5.    OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR REGULATED OPEN BURNING

         5.1    Area

                The operation shall be restricted to an area on the site which is satisfactory to the
                Regional Waste Manager.

         5.2    Quantity and Frequency

                The maximum quantity of wastes to be open burned is 10 m3 per month at a
                frequency as required and as weather conditions permit. Each burn shall
                comprise one continuous period necessary to reduce the stockpiled waste to
                ashes.




Date Issued:                                                                  J. Hofweber, P. Eng.
Date Amended:                                                          Assistant Regional Waste Manager
(most recent)
Page: 6 of 8                                                                                  PERMIT: PR-12977
PROVINCE OF                                                                          Environmental Protection
BRITISH COLUMBIA


         5.3    Nature of Wastes

                No waste shall be burned which is unacceptable to the Regional Waste
                Manager. Acceptable materials may include selected demolition refuse,
                paper, cardboard and similar items, but excluding nuisance causing
                combustibles such as rubber, plastics, tars, insulation, oil filters, etc.

         5.4    Timing

                Burning shall take place only when an attendant is on duty and when
                conditions promote rapid combustion and dispersion of combustion products.
                Materials shall be charged to the facility in a manner to promote best
                combustion and restrict the uplift of lighter constituents. No burning shall
                take place during periods of fire hazard nor when burning is prohibited by
                other government agencies.

   6.    OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR DISPOSAL OF SEWAGE SLUDGE

         6.1    Sizing

                The exfiltration ponds shall be sized such that a freeboard of at least 50 cm is
                maintained after each discharge of sludge. When the surface elevation of the pond
                reaches a level such that further discharge will result in a freeboard of less that 50 cm
                the Permittee shall commence discharge to an alternate cell. Dewatered sludge shall
                be covered with a minimum of 50 cm of mineral soil and graded in such a manner
                that water does not pond on the surface.

         6.2    Signs

                The approaches to the sludge disposal area shall be posted with warning signs. The
                signs shall have lettering a minimum of 100 millimetres high and bear the wording
                SEWAGE SLUDGE DISPOSAL AREA.

         6.3    Surface Water Diversion

                Surface water runoff shall be diverted around the exfiltration ponds.

         6.4    Additional Works

                Additional works may be required or other operating instructions issued by the
                Regional Waste Manager if problems with the above operations should arise.




Date Issued:                                                                  J. Hofweber, P. Eng.
Date Amended:                                                          Assistant Regional Waste Manager
(most recent)
Page: 7 of 8                                                                                  PERMIT: PR-12977
PROVINCE OF                                                                           Environmental Protection
BRITISH COLUMBIA


   7.    CLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

         Written notification to the Regional Waste Manager is required should the Permittee intend
         to close a landfill prior to mine closure. The landfill site authorized in Section 1.1 and 1.3 are
         required to be reclaimed in accordance with the conditions of Mines Act permit
         M-197.

   8.    ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

         Inspections of the discharge will be carried out by Environmental Protection Program
         personnel as a part of the routine permit inspection procedure. Based on these inspections
         and any other information available to the Regional Waste Manager on the effect of the
         discharge on the receiving environment, the Permittee may be required to undertake
         additional monitoring and/or install additional pollution control works.




Date Issued:                                                                   J. Hofweber, P. Eng.
Date Amended:                                                           Assistant Regional Waste Manager
(most recent)
Page: 8 of 8                                                                                   PERMIT: PR-12977

								
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