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EMERGENCY SPILL RESPONSE PLAN




         Revision 2011 - 1.1

           March 1, 2011



            Original Plan
            Prepared by:
                                                                                                     Spill Response Procedures


                                  INITIAL SPILL RESPONSE



                                                    Injury?                     Yes                     Serious                      Yes
                                                                                                        Injury?




                                                                                                                                   Call Code
                                                                                                                                   1, Code 1,
                                                        No                                                 No                        Code 1



                                                                          Notify Mine                   Notify Site
                                                                            Medic                        Safety




Notify Site                                              On
 Safety                      No                         Fire?                   Yes




                                                                                           Danger to
                                                                    Yes                   Personnel?                     No


                                                                  Evacuate
                                                                    Area


                                                                   Notify
                                                                 Supervisor


                                                                 Notify EMR
                                                                  Manager                                               Notify
                                                                                                                      Supervisor
Proceed to
 Specific
   Spill
Response

                                                                   Safe to
                                             No                  Extinguish?              Yes



                                         Notify Pelly
                                         RCMP and
                                            Fire
                                         Department
                                                                                          Wear                        Proceed to
                                                                                        Protective                     Specific
                                                                                                                         Spill
                                                                                        Equipment
                                                                                                                      Response

                           RCMP                            Fire Department
                       (867) 537-5555                       (867) 537-3000



                                                                                                      Specific Spill Responses


         DIESEL FUEL           PROPANE                            JET B FUEL                         AMMONIUM NITRATE
             Pg. 4               Pg. 7                              Pg. 10                                Pg. 14
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                       Emergency Spill Response Plan

                                Minto Project, Yukon Territory

                                            Submitted by:

                                 Minto Explorations Ltd.


                                          DISTRIBUTION LIST




 Number of Copies                                       Distribution

                         Government of Yukon, Energy, Mines and Resources, Minerals Management
3 Copies + 1 PDF
                         Branch
3 Copies + 1 PDF         Selkirk First Nation
1 Copy + 1 PDF           Government of Yukon, Environment, Water Resources Branch
1 Copy + 1 PDF           Yukon Water Board
3 Copies + 1 PDF         Access Consulting Group
3 Copies + 1 PDF         Minto Explorations Ltd.

* PDF = digital version of report on CD




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                                     PROJECT CONTACTS



    MINTO EXPLORATIONS LTD.                             John Knapp
    A subsidiary of Capstone Mining Corp.               General Manager
                                                        Email: john.knapp@mintomine.com
    Suite 900, 999 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver B.C. V6C 2W2
                                                        Jason Nickel
    Telephone: (604) 684-8894
    Fax: (604) 688-2180                                 Mine Manager
                                                        Email: jasonn@mintomine.com
    www.capstonemining.com

                                                        Mark Goebel
                                                        Health and Safety Superintendent
                                                        Email: markg@mintomine.com


                                                        Rob Wilson
                                                        Acting Environmental Manager
                                                        Email: robw@mintomine.com



   * Additional copies of the plan can be obtained by contacting the company using the above contact
     information




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                                                      TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0     INTRODUCTION ...................................................................................................................... 1 

2.0     PURPOSE AND SCOPE ........................................................................................................... 1 
        2.1         Purpose .................................................................................................................. 2 
        2.2         Scope ..................................................................................................................... 2 
        2.3         Minto Explorations Ltd.’s Environmental Policy ..................................................... 1 
        2.4         Statutory and Regulatory Responsibilities ............................................................. 2 
        2.5         Hardcopy and Electronic Copy Locations of Plan.................................................. 2 

3.0     EMERGENCY SPILL RESPONSE .............................................................................................. 3 
        3.1         Specific Spill Responses ........................................................................................ 3 
                    3.1.1       Diesel Fuel Spill Response ....................................................................... 4 
                    3.1.2       Propane Spill Response ........................................................................... 7 
                    3.1.3       Jet B Fuel Spill Response ....................................................................... 10 
                    3.1.4       Ammonium Nitrate Spill Response ......................................................... 14 
        3.2         Communication: Spill Reporting ........................................................................... 17 
                    3.2.1       Reportable Spill Quantities ..................................................................... 17 
                    3.2.2       Internal Reporting and Contact Information .......................................... 18 
                    3.2.3       External Reporting and Contact Information........................................... 19 
        3.3         Monitoring of Affected Area ................................................................................. 23 
                    3.3.1       Spill of a Reportable Size OR Within Minto Creek.................................. 23 
                    3.3.2       Spills of a Non-Reportable Size .............................................................. 24 

4.0     SPILL RESPONSE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ............................................................... 25 
        4.1         General Spill Response ....................................................................................... 25 
        4.2         Containment of Spills ........................................................................................... 26 
                    4.2.1       Containment of Spills on Land ................................................................ 26 
                    4.2.2       Containment of Spills on Water .............................................................. 27 
                    4.2.3       Containment of Spills on Ice ................................................................... 28 
                    4.2.4       Containment of Spills on Snow ............................................................... 29 
        4.3         Procedures for Transferring, Storing, and Managing Spill Wastes ...................... 29 
        4.4         Spill Containment Techniques ............................................................................. 31 
                    4.4.1       Sorbent Materials Application Technique ............................................... 31 
                    4.4.2       Booming Techniques .............................................................................. 32 
                    4.4.3       Oil Containment on Rivers ...................................................................... 33 
                    4.4.4       Oil Containment on Streams ................................................................... 34 
                    4.4.5       Oil Containment on Lakes....................................................................... 35 

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                    4.4.6       Typical Permeable Barrier ...................................................................... 36 

5.0     EMERGENCY RESPONSE PREPAREDNESS ............................................................................ 37 
        5.1         Emergency Spill Response Equipment Inventory................................................ 38 
        5.2         Personal Protective Equipment............................................................................ 41 
        5.3         In-Bound Freight .................................................................................................. 41 
        5.4         Out-Bound Freight................................................................................................ 42 
        5.5         Spills On Site........................................................................................................ 42 
        5.6         Spills Off Site........................................................................................................ 43 

6.0     RESPONSE ORGANIZATION .................................................................................................. 44 
        6.1         Spill Discovery Person ......................................................................................... 44 
        6.2         Section Supervisor & Mine Manager ................................................................... 44 
        6.3         Mine Manager ...................................................................................................... 45 
        6.4         Emergency Response Coordinator ...................................................................... 46 
        6.5         Emergency Response Team Members ............................................................... 47 
        6.6         First Aid Personnel ............................................................................................... 47 
        6.7         Regulatory Manager and Access Consulting Group............................................ 47 
        6.8         Owner (President) ................................................................................................ 47 
        6.9         Other Employees ................................................................................................. 48 
        6.10        Public Relations ................................................................................................... 48 

7.0     EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING....................................................................................... 49 
        7.1         Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) ........................................................ 49 
        7.2         Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) .......................... 50 
        7.3         Standard First Aid ................................................................................................ 51 
        7.4         Fire Fighting ......................................................................................................... 51 
        7.5         Mine Rescue ........................................................................................................ 51 

8.0     UPDATING AND TESTING OF EMERGENCY SPILL RESPONSE PLAN ......................................... 52 

9.0     REFERENCES ...................................................................................................................... 53 




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                                                      LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1 General Location Map ...................................................................................................... 4 
Figure 2 Project Area Overview ...................................................................................................... 5 
Figure 3 Mine Camp Overview ........................................................................................ 6 

                                                       LIST OF TABLES

Figure 1 General Location Map ....................................................................................... 4 
Figure 2 Project Area Overview ...................................................................................................... 5 
Figure 3 Mine Camp Overview ....................................................................................................... 6 
Table 1. Reportable Spill Quantities .............................................................................................. 17 
Table 2. Spill Related Resources and Contact Numbers .............................................................. 19 




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1.0      INTRODUCTION

Minto Explorations Ltd. (MintoEx) has prepared this Emergency Spill Response Plan (ESRP) for
operational activities being undertaken at the Minto Property within the Minto Creek drainage
basin. The Minto Property, shown in Figure 1, is centered at approximately 62°37’N latitude and
137°15’W longitude (NAD 83, UTM Zone 8 coordinates 6945000N, 384000E). The Project is
located on the west side of the Yukon River on Selkirk First Nation (SFN) Category “A”
Settlement Land under the Selkirk Land Claims Agreement.


2.0      PURPOSE AND SCOPE

This Emergency Spill Response Plan is prepared in accordance with MintoEx’s Type “A” Water
Use License QZ96-006 (WUL):


        “The Licensee shall apply the relevant procedures in the Spill Contingency Plan
        that has been filed with the Board as Exhibit 1.4 to the water use application.
        The Licensee shall review the spill contingency plan annually and shall provide
        a summary of that review, including any revisions to the plan, as a component
        of the annual report.”


As well as Part 3 – Deposits Out of the Normal Course of Events, Section 30 of the Metal
Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER):


        “The owner or operator of a mine shall prepare an emergency response that
        describes the measures to be taken in respect of a deleterious substance
        within the meaning of subsection 34(1) of the Act to prevent any deposit out of
        the normal course of events of such a substance or to mitigate the effects of
        such a deposit.”


This Plan will apply to Minto Mine and the main access route for one year, whereby the owner
or operator shall update and test the Plan to ensure it continues to meet the requirements of
both the WUL and subsection 30(2) of the MMER.




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2.1 PURPOSE

The purpose of this Plan is to outline a set of procedures to be followed in the event of a spill or
spill related emergency at the Minto Mine.


Integral to the success of this Plan will be the coordinated efforts of all employees and
contractors in the event of any spill. Rapid deployment of emergency personnel and equipment
to a spill will protect the health and safety of employees and public, minimize potential effects to
the environment, and help MintoEx meet their regulatory and license compliance standards.


All MintoEx employees should be familiar with this document and new employees will be
introduced to the plan as part of their orientation. Employees will understand the potentially
hazardous situations that spills can create to the health and safety of workers and the
environment.    They will understand their responsibilities as employees to prevent, identify,
report, and appropriately deal with any and all spills. This document will be made available for
viewing by all employees. MintoEx will advise employees of revisions or changes to the Plan.


An Emergency Response Team (ERT) has been established to, among other duties, deal with
major spills.    The Emergency Response Team will receive training and be required to
thoroughly understand this document in order to immediately respond to specific chemical spills
and other emergency situations.

2.2 SCOPE

The objectives of the Plan are to:


    •   identify potentially hazardous materials located on site;
    •   identify and describe spill response and emergency response measures in the case of
        an incident;
    •   identify spill prevention measures;
    •   establish a high order of preparedness in the event that a spill occurs; and
    •   ensure an orderly and timely decision-making, response and reporting process.




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Maps of the project site are provided as follows: Figure 1 provides a general location map for
the Minto property, Figure 2 depicts a project area overview, and Figure 3 presents an overview
of the mine site.


The areas covered by the Plan are the access road from the highway to the mine including the
barge and the Big Creek bridge plus the mine, mill, ancillary facilities and site services. The
environmental sensitivities of this area have been reviewed with all employees.


Effective implementation of the Plan is the key in coping with a spill. Provision has therefore
been made for familiarizing all employees with the Plan as per Section 6.0 – Response
Organization.


Provision has been made for regular reviews of the Plan as per Section 8.0 – Updating and
Testing of Emergency Spill Response Plan.


Reference is made to various acts and regulations in Section 2.4 – Statutory and Regulatory
Responsibilities to provide information on the regulatory framework that exists in the Yukon.




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                   Minto Mine




                                     Figure 1 General Location Map




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                                                 Figure 2 Project Area Overview




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                                                 Figure 3 Mine Area Overview



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2.3       MINTO EXPLORATIONS LTD.’S ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY


MintoEx is committed to implementing and maintaining sound environmental practices and
policies in all of its activities. The prevention of deleterious substances from entering and
impacting the environment is imperative to MintoEx’s policy on environmental protection.


Emergency spill response must be undertaken with appropriate environmental care while
respecting laws, First Nations’ self-government agreements, and general public interest.
Necessary environmental protection measures have been adopted in the development of this
Plan to ensure that a healthy environment persists in the event of a spill. This approach is
consistent with MintoEx’s Corporate Environmental Safety and Health Policy, which states:


           “Minto Explorations Ltd. recognizes and believes that its operations should be
          designed and managed to protect the natural surroundings, provide a safe and
          healthy work environment, and permit the responsible and cost-effective
          extraction of natural resources. Minto Explorations Ltd. intends to comply with
          all applicable legislation and regulations and to match industry best practices in
          its operations.”

To ensure the overall objectives of this policy are achieved, the following will be adhered to by
all employees and contractors:


      •   Examine the potential impact to the environment of all proposed activities and take steps
          to minimize or where possible, eliminate the impact;
      •   Ensure that all activities are in compliance with all environmental legislation and
          regulations;
      •   On a continuous basis, determine Minto’s impact to the environment and through
          continuous improvement, strive to attain higher levels of environmental performance;
      •   Maintain a high level of environmental protection by applying practices and technologies
          that minimize impacts and enhance environmental quality;
      •   Maintain dialogue with the communities and other stakeholders with the area of
          influence of it’s exploration programs;

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    •   Progressively rehabilitate disturbed areas, develop closure plans that can be
        continuously improved and incorporate new technologies where practical; and
    •   Train all employees and contractors to understand their environmental responsibility
        related to Minto Mines’ Property.


2.4 STATUTORY AND REGULATORY RESPONSIBILITIES

There are several regulatory requirements, regulations, guidelines that are directly or indirectly
linked to spill contingency planning. Related regulatory requirements are:


    • Type A Water Use License (Section 13a)
    • Yukon Quartz Mining Production License (Section 17.1 and Schedule C – Related
        Documents and Plans)
    • Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (Section 30)


MintoEx will ensure that all requirements related to spill response, containment, and clean-up
measures contained within these regulated documents are implemented throughout the
Property for the life of mine. These statutory and regulatory responsibilities may change over
time and will therefore result in the updating of this Plan as per Section 8.0 - Updating and
Testing of Emergency Spill Response Plan of this Plan.


2.5 HARDCOPY AND ELECTRONIC COPY LOCATIONS OF PLAN


Several copies of this Plan are kept on-site at all times at the two fuel storage area, the mill
reagents storage area, the waste management facility, in the manager’s office, and in the site
services manager’s office. A copy is also held at the company’s main office/headquarters in
Vancouver, B.C and with the Yukon Water Board. Electronic copies can be obtained from the
head office of Capstone Mining Corp.         Contact information is provided on Page ii of this
document.




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3.0          EMERGENCY SPILL RESPONSE

When a spill is discovered the first step is to alert, by any means necessary, all potentially
affected personnel in the area. The second step is to report the spill to the designated
Emergency Response Coordinator or to the Senior Employee on shift who will assume charge
of the situation. This will trigger the Specific Spill Response as per Section 3.1 of this Plan. If it
is safe to do so, control (stop) and contain the spill!


Be prepared to answer the following questions and take initial action as follows:

      •    What materials are involved in the spill?
      •    Any injury or risk of injury?
      •    Any fire or fire hazard?
      •    Any risk of an increase in the size of the spill?


Assist the Spill Response Coordinator as required.

3.1 SPECIFIC SPILL RESPONSES


Refer to the following sections for more specific information including spill response procedures
and MSD Sheets for the particular substances located at the mine site.


  •       Section 3.1.1 - Diesel
  •       Section 3.1.2 - Propane
  •       Section 3.1.3 – Jet Fuel
  •       Section 3.1.4 – Ammonium Nitrate




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3.1.1 DIESEL FUEL SPILL RESPONSE


                                                                                             Spill Response Requirements


                                3.1.1 DIESEL SPILL RESPONSE




                                                             On                              Evacuate
                                       No                   Fire?
                                                                                      Yes      area


                                                                                              Direct
                                                                                            personnel
                                                                                            to nearest
                    Can                                                                       muster
                                                                                              station
   No              Enter                     Yes
                   Water?

 Eliminate                                Eliminate
sources of                               sources of
  ignition                                 ignition                                         Can Flows
                                                                                 No            be                    Yes
                                                                                            Stopped?
                                         Stop Flows


                                                                                                                  Stop flows
                                           Confine
Berm / dam                                Spill with
 land spill                              booms if in
                                            water                                                               Wear protective
                                                                                                                 equipment
 Clean up
   spill

                                                                            Resources                          Put out fire with
                                                                                 to                            carbon dioxide,
                                                       No                                   Yes                dry chemical, or
                                                                            Extinguish?
                                                                                                                    foam



                                                   Notify Pelly                                              Cool containers with
                                                   RCMP and                                                  flooding quantities of
                                                      Fire                                                    water until well after
                                                   Department                                                    the fire is out


                                                                                                                  Control and
                                                                                                                    contain
                                                                                                                     spill
                                  RCMP                              Fire Department
                            (867) 537-5555                           (867) 537-3000

                                                                                                         Reporting Requirements



 Greater                             Contact
Than 200                            Yukon 24-
                   Yes              Hour Spill                    (867) 667-7244
 Liters?                              Line




                                    Clean-up                          File internal
                                                                           and
   No                               deposit /
                                    test Soil                           external                                  Finish
                                                                         reports

l Spill Response


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                          Diesel Material Safety Data Sheet
                                      1.0 Product Identification

                             Combustible liquid Class B Div 3 classification. (Very) toxic Class D Div 1
WHIMS Classification
                             Subdivision A – sulphur (S)-containing, or Div 2 Subdivision B – no S
Form                         Slightly viscous, oily, liquid
Colour                       Yellowish-brown
                             Rotten eggs. If sulphur present; kerosene-like if sulphur free. Note: H2S
Odour                        deadens the sense of smell. Absense of rotten egg smell does not mean
                             absense of H2S.

                                   2.0 Health Hazard Information

                             Inhalation, Ingestion, Skin absorption (diesel fuel itself, as well as benzene and
Routes of Entry
                             napthalene
Ventelation                  Ensure adequate ventelation when handling substance.

                             Coughing, headache, and giddiness following inhalation. Aspiration into the
                             lungs can cause severe pneumonitis (serious lung irritation), with coughing,
                             gagging, shortness of breath, chest pain, and/or pulmonary edema (fluid in the
                             lungs). Ingestion may produce nausea, vomiting, and cramping. Kidney effects
                             and systemic edema have been reported after severe exposure. H2S is very
Acute Exposure               toxic. At concentrations as low as 1 to 5 ppm, nausea and severe eye irritation
                             may occur. Sense of smell may be impaired at about 20 ppm, with headache
                             and respiratory tract lung irritation. At 250 to 500 ppm, potentially fatal
                             pulmonary edema may occur. Dizziness, sudden (often fatal) collapse,
                             unconsciousness, and death occur at higher concentrations. Note: Pulmonary
                             edema may be delayed as long as 48 hours after exposure.

                             Kidney, gastrointestinal, blood, and skin disorders. Headache, nausea,
Chronic Exposure             vomiting. Fatigue, and severe nervous and respiratory system symptoms may
                             follow survival of H2S poisoning.

                                  3.0 Fire and Explosion Hazards

Flash Point                  38 to 54°C (100 to 130°F) (cc)
                             In general, do not extinguish fire unless flow can be stopped. Use carbon
Means of Extinction          dioxide, dry chemical, or foam. Cool containers with flooding quantities of water
                             until well after the fire is out.
Sensitive to Static
                             Vapour: Yes
Discharge
Sensitive to Impact          Mechanical: No
                             Vapour is heavier than air. It will spread along the ground & collect in low or
Special Precautions          confined areas (sewers, basements). Travels to source of ignition and flashes
                             back. Containers may explode when heated.
Hazardous Combustion         Carbon monoxide. Nitrogen oxides. PAHs and other aromatic hydrocarbons.
Products                     H2S and sulphur dioxide (SO2) if product contains sulphur.




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                                               4.0 First Aid

                             If irritation occurs, flush eye with lukewarm, gently flowing fresh water for at
Eyes
                             least 10 minutes.
                             Quickly and gently blot away excess chemical. Gently remove contaminated
Skin                         clothing and shoes under running water. Wash gently and thoroughly with water
                             and non-abrasive soap. Obtain medical assistance.
                             Move victim to fresh air Give artificial respiration if breathing has stopped and if
Inhalation                   a qualified AR administrator is available. Apply CPR if both pulse and breathing
                             have stopped. Obtain medical attention immediately.
                             Never give anything by mouth if the person is unconscious, rapidly losing
                             consciousness, or convulsing. If the person is conscious, have them drink 8 to
Ingestions                   10 ounces of water or milk to dilute the material in the stomach. Do not induce
                             vomiting. If vomiting occurs spontaneously, have the person lean forward to
                             avoid aspiration. Obtain medical attention immediately.


                              5.0 Personnel Precautionary Measures

Eyes                         Chemical safety goggles or face shield, as a good general safety practice.

Skin                         Nitrile, Viton™, Polyvinylchloride, Tychem®BR/LV, or Tychem®TK preferred.

                             NIOSH-approved SCBA or air line respirator with escape cylinder for confined
Respiratory                  spaces or work with sulphur-containing product. A qualified occupational health
                             and safety professional should advise on respirator selection. If an air-purifying
                             respirator is appropriate, use a “P series” filter & organic vapour cartridges.
                             Coveralls to prevent skin contact with product. If clothing or footwear becomes
Clothing & Footwear          contaminated with product, completely decontaminate it before re-use, or
                             discard it.

                             6.0 Spill, Leak and Disposal Procedures

                             Enclose processes. Use local exhaust ventilation to remove vapour at its site of
Proper Ventilation           generation. Handle laboratory samples in a fume hood. Use mechanical
                             ventilation in confined spaces.

                             Avoid heating open containers of product so as to minimize vapour production
Handling Procedures &
                             and accumulation. Use nonsparking equipment, explosion-proof ventilation, and
Equipment                    intrinsically safe electrical equipment. Ground handling equipment. Have clean
                             emergency eyewash and shower readily available in the work area.

                             Keep unauthorized persons away. Eliminate all sources of ignition. Ventilate
Leak & Spill Procedure       area. Stop leak if it can be done safely. Prevent entry into sewers, waterways, or
                             confined spaces. Absorb or cover with dry earth, sand or other non-combustible
                             material and use clean, non-sparking tools to transfer to container.
Waste Disposal               Consult local authorities for advice.
                             May be stored at ambient temperatures. Containers should be vented and
Storage                      equipped with a flame arrester.
Transportation and
                             Stable during transport. May be transported hot.
Shipping


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  3.1.2 PROPANE SPILL RESPONSE
                                                                                                  Spill Response Requirements


                        3.1.2 PROPANE FUEL SPILL RESPONSE



                                                       On
                             No                       Fire?
                                                                                      Yes




                                                                                              Can flows
                                                                           No                    be                   Yes
                                                                                              stopped?

Stop Flows                                                              Evacuate                                  Stop Flows
                                                                          Area


                                                                         Direct
  Wear                                                                 Personnel                                     Wear
Protective                                                             to Nearest                                  Protective
Equipment                                                                Muster                                    Equipment
                                                                         Station


Control and                                                            Notify Pelly                             Put out fire with
 Contain                                                               RCMP and                                 Carbon Dioxide
   Spill                                                                  Fire                                    and/or dry
                                                                       Department                                  chemical

 Disperse
  liquid or
vapour with                                                                                                     Cool containers
water spray                                                                                                      with flooding
or flooding                                                                                                    quantities of water
                                                     RCMP                             Fire Department          until well after the
                                               (867) 537-5555                          (867) 537-3000               fire is out



                                                                                                                   Disperse
                                                                                                                    liquid or
                                                                                                                  vapour with
                                                                                                                  water spray
                                                                                                                  or flooding




                                                                                                        Reporting Requirements




 Greater                           Contact
Than 100                          Yukon 24-
                  Yes             Hour Spill                (867) 667-7244
 Litres?                            Line




                                                                File Internal
                                                                     and
   No                                                             External                                         Finish
                                                                  Reports




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                        Propane Material Safety Data Sheet
                                        1.0 Product Identification

                             Class A – Compressed Gas
WHIMS Classification         Class B, Division 1 – Flammable Gas
Form                         Liquid and vapour while stored under pressure
                             Colourless liquid and vapour while stored under pressure. Colourless and
Colour
                             odourless gas in natural state at any concentration.
                             Commercial propane has an odourant added, ethyl mercaptan, which has an
Odour
                             odour similar to boiling cabbage.

                                   2.0 Health Hazard Information

Routes of Entry              Skin Contact, Eye Contact, Inhalation
                             Simple asphyxiant. No effect at concentrations of 10,000 ppm (peak
                             exposures). Higher concentrations may cause central nervous system disorder
                             and/or damage. Lack of oxygen may cause dizziness, loss of coordination,
                             weakness, fatigue, euphoria, mental confusion, blurred vision, convulsions,
Inhalation
                             breathing failure, coma and death. Breathing high vapour concentrations
                             (saturated vapours) for a few minutes may be fatal. Saturated vapours may be
                             encountered in confined spaces and/or under conditions of poor ventilation.
                             Avoid breathing vapours or mist.

                             Contact with Liquified Petroleum Gas may cause frostbite or cold burns.
                             Propane acts as a simple asphyxiant as oxygen content in air is displaced by
Acute Exposure
                             the propane. At increasing concentration levels, propane may cause dizziness,
                             headaches, loss of coordination, fatigue, unconsciousness and death.

                             Exposure to vapourizing liquid may cause frostbite (cold burns) and permanent
Skin and Eye Contact
                             eye damage.
Chronic Exposure             No reported effects from long term low level exposure.

                                   3.0 Fire and Explosion Hazards

Flash Point                  -103.4°C
                             Use water spray to cool exposed cylinders or tanks. Do no extinguish fire
                             unless the source of the escaping gas that is fueling the fire can be turned off.
                             Fire can be extinguished with carbon dioxide and/or dry chemical (BC).
                             Container metal shells require cooling with water to prevent flame impingement
Means of Extinction
                             and the weakening of metal. If sufficient water is not available to protect the
                             container shell from weakening, the area will be required to be evacuated. If
                             gas has not ignited, liquid or vapour may be dispersed by water spray or
                             flooding.
Sensitive to Static
                             Yes
Discharge
Sensitive to Impace          Mechanical impact: No
                             Protective clothing, hose monitors, fog nozzles, self-contained breathing
Special Precautions
                             apparatus.
Hazardous Combustion         Carbon monoxide can be produced when primary air and secondary air are
Products                     deficient while combustion is taking place.


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                                              4.0 First Aid

                             Should eye contact with liquid occur, flush eyes with lukewarm water for 15
Eyes
                             minutes. Obtain immediate medical care.
                             In case of “Cold Burn” from contact with liquid, immediately place affected area
                             in lukewarm water and keep at this temperature until circulation returns. If
Skin
                             fingers or hands are frostbitten, have the victim hold his hand next to his body
                             such as under the armpit. Obtain immediate medical care.
                             Remove person to fresh air. If breathing is difficult or has stopped, administer
Inhalation
                             artificial respiration. Obtain immediate medical care.
Ingestion

                          5.0 Precautionary and Preventative Measures

                             Safety glasses or chemical goggles are recommended when transferring
Eyes                         product.

Skin                         Insulated gloves required if contact with liquid or liquid cooled equipment is
                             expected. Wear gloves and long sleeves when transferring product.
                             Where concentration in air would reduce the oxygen level below 18% air or
Inhalation                   exceed occupational exposure limits in section 6, self-contained breathing
                             apparatus is required.
                             Use in well-ventilated areas. Use with explosion proof mechanical ventilation in
Ventilation                  spaces or poorly ventilated areas.

                             6.0 Spill, Leak and Disposal Procedures

                             Eliminate leak if possible. Eliminate source of ignition. Ensure cylinder is
                             upright. Disperse vapours with hose streams using fog nozzles. Monitor low
Leak & spill procedure       areas as propane is heavier than air and can settle into low areas. Remain
                             upwind of leak. Keep people away. Prevent vapour and/or liquid from entering
                             into sewers, basements or confined areas.
Waste disposal               Consult local authorities for disposal advice.

                             Cylinders that are not in use must have the valves in the closed position and be
Storage                      equipped with a protective cap or guard. Do not store with oxidizing agents,
                             oxygen, or chlorine cylinders. Empty cylinders and tanks may contain product
                             residue. Do not pressurize, cut, heat or weld empty containers.

                             Transport and store cylinders and tanks secured in an upright position in a
Transportation and
                             ventilated space away from ignition sources (so the pressure relief valve is in
Shipping                     contact with the vapour space of the cylinder or tank). Transport, handle and
                             store according to applicable federal and provincial codes and regulations.




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3.1.3 JET B FUEL SPILL RESPONSE


                                                                                             Spill Response Requirements


                             3.1.3 JET B FUEL SPILL RESPONSE




                                                             On                              Evacuate
                                       No                   Fire?
                                                                                      Yes      area


                                                                                              Direct
                                                                                            personnel
                                                                                            to nearest
                    Can                                                                       muster
                                                                                              station
   No              Enter                     Yes
                   Water?

 Eliminate                                Eliminate
sources of                               sources of
  ignition                                 ignition                                         Can Flows
                                                                                 No            be                      Yes
                                                                                            Stopped?
                                         Stop Flows


                                                                                                                    Stop flows
                                           Confine
Berm / dam                                Spill with
 land spill                              booms if in
                                            water                                                                 Wear protective
                                                                                                                   equipment
 Clean up
   spill

                                                                            Resources                            Put out fire with
                                                                                 to                              carbon dioxide,
                                                       No                                   Yes                  dry chemical, or
                                                                            Extinguish?
                                                                                                                      foam



                                                   Notify Pelly                                                Cool containers with
                                                   RCMP and                                                    flooding quantities of
                                                      Fire                                                      water until well after
                                                   Department                                                      the fire is out


                                                                                                                    Control and
                                                                                                                      contain
                                                                                                                       spill
                                  RCMP                              Fire Department
                            (867) 537-5555                           (867) 537-3000

                                                                                                         Reporting Requirements



 Greater                             Contact
Than 200                            Yukon 24-
                  Yes               Hour Spill                    (867) 667-7244
 Liters?                              Line




                                    Clean-up                          File internal
                                                                           and
   No                               deposit /
                                    test Soil                           external                                    Finish
                                                                         reports




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                           Jet Fuel Material Safety Data Sheet
                                         1.0 Product Identification

                          Class B, Division 3 (Combustible Liquid)
WHIMS Classification
                          Class D, Division 2, Subdivision B (Toxic by other means)
Form                      Pale yellow to water-white liquid
Colour                    Water white to light amber colored liquid
Odour                     Characteristic petroleum distillate odor; potential kerosene odor

                                       2.0 Health Hazard Information

Routes of Entry           Eyes, Skin, Ingestion, Inhalation

                          Excessive exposure may cause irritation to the nose, throat, lungs and respiratory tract.
Inhalation                Central nervous system (brain) effects may include headache, dizziness, loss of balance
                          and coordination, unconsciousness, coma, respiratory failure, and death.

                          The major health threat of ingestion occurs from the danger of aspiration (breathing) of
                          liquid drops into the lungs, particularly from vomiting. Aspiration may result in chemical
                          pneumonia (fluid in the lungs), severe lung damage, respiratory failure and even death.
Ingestion                 Ingestion may cause gastrointestinal disturbances, including irritation, nausea, vomiting and
                          diarrhea, and central nervous system (brain) effects similar to alcohol intoxication. In severe
                          cases, tremors, convulsions, loss of consciousness, coma, respiratory arrest, and death
                          may occur.
                          Similar products produced skin cancer and systemic toxicity in laboratory animals following
Chronic Exposure          repeated applications. The significance of these results to human exposures has not been
                          determined – see Section 11 Toxicological Information.
                          Contact with liquid or vapor may cause mild irritation. May cause skin irritation with
                          prolonged or repeated contact. Practically non-toxic if absorbed following acute (single)
Skin and Eye Contact
                          exposure. Liquid may be absorbed through the skin in toxic amounts if large areas of skin
                          are repeatedly exposed.

                                      3.0 Fire and Explosion Hazards

Flash Point               > 140 oF (60 oC) TCC
Sensitive to Static       Stable. Hazardous polymerization will not occur. Vapors may be ignited rapidly when
Discharge                 exposed to heat, spark, open flame or other source of ignition.
                          Material is stable under normal conditions. Avoid high temperatures, open flames, sparks,
Hazardous Combustion
                          welding, smoking and other ignition sources. Keep away from strong oxidizers such as nitric
Products                  and sulfuric acids.




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                                                  4.0 First Aid


                          In case of contact with eyes, immediately flush with clean, low-pressure water for at least 15
Eyes
                          min. Hold eyelids open to ensure adequate flushing. Seek medical attention.
                          Remove contaminated clothing. Wash contaminated areas thoroughly with soap and water
Skin
                          or waterless hand cleanser. Obtain medical attention if irritation or redness develops.
                          Remove person to fresh air. If person is not breathing, ensure an open airway and provide
Inhalation                artificial respiration If necessary, provide additional oxygen once breathing is restored if
                          trained to do so. Seek medical attention immediately.
                          DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. Do not give liquids. Obtain immediate medical attention. If
                          spontaneous vomiting occurs, lean victim forward to reduce the risk of aspiration. Monitor for
Ingestions
                          breathing difficulties. Small amounts of material which enter the mouth should be rinsed out
                          until the taste is dissipated.

                                 5.0 Personnel Precautionary Measures

                          Safety glasses or goggles are recommended where there is a possibility of splashing or
Eyes                      spraying.
                          Gloves constructed of nitrile, neoprene, or PVC are recommended. Chemical protective
                          clothing such as of E.I. DuPont Tychem®, Saranex® or equivalent recommended based on
Skin                      degree of exposure. Note: The resistance of specific material may vary from product to
                          product as well as with degree of exposure. Consult manufacturer specifications for further
                          information.
                          A NIOSH/MSHA-approved air-purifying respirator with organic vapor cartridges or canister
                          may be permissible under certain circumstances where airborne concentrations are or may
                          be expected to exceed exposure limits or for odor or irritation. Protection provided by air-
                          purifying respirators is limited. Refer to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134, ANSI Z88.2-1992, NIOSH
Respiratory               Respirator Decision Logic, and the manufacturer for additional guidance on respiratory
                          protection selection. Use a positive pressure, air-supplied respirator if there is a potential for
                          uncontrolled release, exposure levels are not known, in oxygen-deficient atmospheres, or
                          any other circumstance where an air-purifying respirator may not provide adequate
                          protection.

Clothing & Footwear       Coveralls to prevent skin contact with product. If clothing or footwear becomes contaminated
                          with product, completely decontaminate it before re-use, or discard it.

                                 6.0 Spill, Leak and Disposal Procedures

                          Use adequate ventilation to keep vapor concentrations of this product below occupational
Proper Ventilation        exposure and flammability limits, particularly in confined spaces.
                          SMALL FIRES: Any extinguisher suitable for Class B fires, dry chemical, CO2, water spray,
                          fire fighting foam, or Halon.
Means of Extinction
                          LARGE FIRES: Water spray, fog or fire fighting foam. Water may be ineffective for fighting
                          the fire, but may be used to cool fire-exposed containers.
                          Handle as a combustible liquid. Keep away from heat, sparks, and open flame! Electrical
                          equipment should be approved for classified area. Bond and ground containers during
Handling Procedures &     product transfer to reduce the possibility of static-initiated fire or explosion. Special slow
                          load procedures for "switch loading" must be followed to avoid the static ignition hazard that
Equipment
                          can exist when higher flash point material (such as fuel oil) is loaded into tanks previously
                          containing low flash point products (such as this product) - see API Publication 2003,
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                           Evacuate nonessential personnel and remove or secure all ignition sources.
                           Consider wind direction; stay upwind and uphill, if possible. Evaluate the direction of
                           product travel, diking, sewers, etc. to confirm spill areas. Spills may infiltrate
                           subsurface soil and groundwater; professional assistance may be necessary to
                           determine the extent of subsurface impact. Carefully contain and stop the source of
                           the spill, if safe to do so. Protect bodies of water by diking, absorbents, or absorbent
                           boom, if possible. Do not flush down sewer or drainage systems, unless system is
Leak & Spill Procedure
                           designed and permitted to handle such material. The use of fire fighting foam may
                           be useful in certain situations to reduce vapors. The proper use of water spray may
                           effectively disperse product vapors or the liquid itself, preventing contact with
                           ignition sources or areas/equipment that require protection. Take up with sand or
                           other oil absorbing materials. Carefully shovel, scoop or sweep up into a waste
                           container for reclamation or disposal - caution, flammable vapors may accumulate
                           in closed containers. Response and clean-up crews must be properly trained and mu
                           Small fires in the incipient (beginning) stage may typically be extinguished using handheld
                           portable fire extinguishers and other fire fighting equipment.

                           Firefighting activities that may result in potential exposure to high heat, smoke or toxic by-
                           products of combustion should require NIOSH/MSHA- approved pressure-demand self-
Fire Fighting Procedures   contained breathing apparatus with full facepiece and full protective clothing. Isolate area
                           around container involved in fire. Cool tanks, shells, and containers exposed to fire and
                           excessive heat with water. For massive fires the use of unmanned hose holders or monitor
                           nozzles may be advantageous to further minimize personnel exposure. Major fires may
                           require withdrawal, allowing the tank to burn. Large storage tank fires typically require
                           specially trained personnel and equipment to extinguish the fire, often including the need for
                           properly applied fire fighting foam. See Section 16 for the NFPA 704 Hazard Rating.
                           Use material for its intended purpose or recycle if possible. This material, if it must
                           be discarded, may meet the criteria of a hazardous waste as defined by USEPA
                           under RCRA (40CFR2612) or other state and local regulations. Measurement of
Waste Disposal Methods     certain physical properties and analysis for regulated components may be
                           necessary to make a correct determination. If this material is classified as a
                           hazardous waste, Federal law requires disposal at a licensed hazardous waste
                           disposal facility.
                           Keep away from flame, sparks, excessive temperatures and open flame. Use approved
                           vented containers. Keep containers closed and clearly labeled. Empty product containers or
                           vessels may contain explosive vapors. Do not pressurize, cut, heat, weld or expose such
Storage                    containers to sources of ignition. Store in a well-ventilated area. This storage area should
                           comply with NFPA 30 "Flammable and Combustible Liquid Code". Avoid storage near
                           incompatible materials. The cleaning of tanks previously containing this product should
                           follow API Recommended Practice (RP) 2013 "Cleaning Mobile Tanks In Flammable and
                           Combustible Liquid Service" and API RP 2015 "Cleaning Petroleum Storage Tanks".
Transportation and
                           Stable during transport.
Shipping




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3.1.4 AMMONIUM NITRATE SPILL RESPONSE


                                                                                             Spill Response Requirements


                     3.1.4 AMMONIUM NITRATE SPILL RESPONSE




                                                             On                             Evacuate
                                       No                   Fire?
                                                                                      Yes     Area


                                                                                              Direct
                                                                                            personnel
                                                                                            to nearest
                    Can                                                                       muster
                   Enter                                                                      station
   No                                        Yes
                   Water?

 Eliminate                                Eliminate
sources of                               sources of
  ignition                                 ignition                                         Can flows
                                                                                 No            be                      Yes
                                                                                            stopped?
                                          Berm/Dam
                                            Spill


 Clean up                                                                                                           Stop Flows
   spill


 Store for
reclaim use                                                                                                      Wear Protective
                                                                            Resources                             Equipment
                                                       No                        to         Yes
                                                                            Extinguish?
                                                                                                                  Put out fire with
                                                                                                                flooding quantities
                                                                                                                      of water
                                                   Notify Pelly
                                                   RCMP and
                                                      Fire
                                                   Department                                                  Cool containers with
                                                                                                               flooding quantities of
                                                                                                                water until well after
                                                                                                                   the fire is out



                                  RCMP                              Fire Department                                 Control and
                                                                                                                     Contain
                            (867) 537-5555                           (867) 537-3000                                    Spill




                                                                                                         Reporting Requirements



 Greater                             Contact
  Than                              Yukon 24-
                  Yes               Hour Spill                    (867) 667-7244
 25 kg?                               Line




                                    Clean-up                          File Internal
                                                                           and
   No                               Deposit /
                                    Test Soil                           External                                    Finish
                                                                        Reports




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                        Ammonium Nitrate Material Safety Data Sheet
                                              1.0 Product Identification

  WHIMS Classification         Oxidzer (C), Toxic (D2B)
  Shipping Name                Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer, 5.1, NA2072, P.G. III
  Form                         This material at normal conditions is a solid
  Colour                       White granule prill in appearance

                                           2.0 Health Hazard Information

  Routes of Entry              Eyes, Skin, Ingestion, Inhalation
  Inhalation                   Slight irritant. Provide fresh air and get prompt medical attention if discomfort persists
                               May cause cyanosis, nausea, vertigo, vomiting, abdominal pain, and rapid heart beat.
                               Symptoms of overexposure, acute cyanosis, nausea, vertigo, collapse, vomiting/abdominal
                               pain and tachycardia (rapid heart beat) coma, convulsion and death can occur. Note to
  Ingestion                    Physician: Ammonium nitrate has been used as a diuretic, (oral dose, 2-4 gram). Average or
                               large doses may cause nausea and vomiting. Acidosis may occur in presence of impaired
                               renal function. Also during prolonged use in persons with normal kidney function. Nitrate
                               formation in intestine may cause methomoglobinemia.
                               Eyes: Flush with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. Get prompt medical
  Skin and Eye Contact         attention if irritation persists. Skin: Slight irritant. Wash with water and mild soap.
  Chronic Exposure             No known potential chronic health effects.
                               Symptoms of overexposure, acute cyanosis, nausea, vertigo, collapse, vomiting/abdominal
  Acute Exposure
                               pain and tachycardia (rapid heart beat) coma, convulsion and death can occur.


                                           3.0 Fire and Explosion Hazards

  Stability                    This product is stable under normal ambient conditions of temperature and pressure.

  Hazardous Polymerization Will not occur
                          Avoid heating in confined space. Solid Ammonium Nitrate is an oxidizing agent which under
                          certain conditions may react with oxidizable or organic materials to cause an explosion
  Conditions to Avoid     and/or release of hazardous decomposition product. Avoid dusting and incompatibilities,
                          moisture (ammonium nitrate is hygroscopic), and combustible materials sensitive to extreme
                          shock.
                          Nitrogen oxide gases emitted on decomposition are toxic. When heating ammonium nitrate,
  Hazardous Decomposition
                          material decomposes to ammonia, nitric acid, and oxides of nitrogen. Ammonium nitrate
  Products                may undergo deterioration if heated.
  Hazardous Combustion    Avoid mixing ammonium nitrate with wood chips, organic materials, sulfur, chlorides,
  Products                phosphorus, acids, flammable and combustible liquids, and charcoals.

                                                       4.0 First Aid


                               Immediately flush with water for at least 15 minutes. If irritation persists, get prompt medical
  Eyes
                               attention.
                               Wash with mild soap and water for at leas 15 minutes. Get prompt medical attention if
  Skin
                               irritation persists.
                               Large amounts may have serious or even fatal effects. If swallowed and the person is
  Inhalation
                               conscious, give large amounts of water and induce vomiting.
  Ingestions                   Slight irritant. Provide fresh air and get prompt medical attention if discomfort persists.




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                                     5.0 Personnel Precautionary Measures

                              Safety glasses as a minimum requirement. Protective goggles recommended. Personal
Eyes                          protective equipment includes neoprene or nitrile gloves, dust masks or fume hoods as
                              appropriate, chemical safety goggles, and impervious apron, sleeves and boots.
Skin                          Normal clothing, unless skin irritation develops.
Respiratory                   A NIOSH approved respirator is recommended to prevent exposure to nuisance dust.
Clothing & Footwear           Unless skin irritation develops, no recommendations

                                     6.0 Spill, Leak and Disposal Procedures

                              Provide ventilation for nuisance dust protection in order to maintain exposure below TLV/PEL.
                              Mechanical ventilation, process or personnel enclosure, control of process conditions, and
Proper Ventilation            process modificaitons significantly reduce exposure. Local exhaust (ventilation) control as
                              close to the point of generation is both the most economical and safest method to minimize
                              personnel exposure to airborne concentrations.

Unusual Fire and              Flood melted and burning ammonium nitrate with large volumes of straight stream water
Explosion Hazards             application. Do not smother fire. Do not add steam, dry chemical or carbon dioxide smothering
                              applications. If an explosion is expected, surrounding areas should be evacuated.

                              Fire extinguishing agents RECOMMENDED: Use large quantities of water. Do not use
                              smothering agents such as carbon dioxide, dry chemical, foam or steam. They will not
Means of Extinction
                              extinguish burning ammonium nitrate. Fire extinguishing agents to AVOID: Carbon dioxide
                              (CO2), dry chemical and foam.

                              Minimize contact with skin and eyes. Avoid welding on pipes or tanks that have contained
                              Ammonium Nitrate Solution until they have been thoroughly washed out with water. Residual
                              Ammonium Nitrate may explode under conditions of confinement and high temperature. Avoid
Handling Procedures &         containers, piping, or fittings made of brass, bronze or other copper containing alloys or
Equipment                     galvanized metals. Do not run pumps with the discharge or suction valves closed; pump must
                              be on circulation. If material is evaporated to dryness, special hazards are involved and
                              special firefighting precautions and methods are recommended. Ammonium nitrate is a strong
                              oxidizer. It is capable of undergoing detonation if heated under confinement, or is subjected to
                              very strong shocks.
                              Prevent contamination with combustibles and keep away from heat. If
Leak & Spill Procedure
                              uncontaminated, recover and re-use as product. Maintain adequate ventilation.
                         Do not use salt water. Fight fire from a protected location as steam eruptions are common and
Special Fire Fighting
                         splashes from molten ammonium nitrate are possible. Decomposition gases are toxic, fight
Procedures and Equipment
                              fires from upwind.
                              If spill could potentially enter any waterway, including intermittent dry creeks, contact
Waste Disposal Methods
                              the local authorities.
                              Store in cool, well-ventilated area away from combustible materials. Bagged ammonium
                              nitrate is subject to storage, stacking, and quantity regulations. CFR 1910.109. DO NOT Store
Storage
                              if contaminated with organics. It is incompatible with most inorganic and organic acids, strong
                              alkals, chloride salts, metals, organic fuels and reducing agents.




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3.2 COMMUNICATION: SPILL REPORTING

Under federal and territorial regulations, Managers are required to immediately notify the 24-
hour Yukon Spill Report line should a spill of a reportable quantity occur (see Table 1). The
Senior Project Manager, Site Coordinator or Manager On-Call are responsible for reporting
spills.

The Selkirk First Nations’ Lands Director will also be contacted in the event of a spill at 867-
537-3331. All documentation provided to regulatory agencies will be made available to
SFN.

3.2.1 Reportable Spill Quantities

The Manager will ensure that spill reporting is completed and submitted promptly, regardless
of the quantity of material spilled. All reports will be filed for documentation purposes.

A spill in excess of the following thresholds is considered a spill under the Yukon Spill
Regulations (O.I.C. 1996/193), pursuant to the Environment Act. In this table, the listed
regulations, “Federal Regulations” mean the Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Regulations (Canada) Sor/85/77 of January 18, 2985.

          Table 1. Reportable Spill Quantities

                          Product                TDG Code             Quantity
           All petroleum products                           > 200 liters
           Waste discharges                                 Any quantity exceeding
                                                            license
           Explosives                                  1    Any amount
           Flammable gases                            2.1   > 100 liters
           Non-flammable gases                        2.2   > 100 liters
           Poisonous gases                            2.3   Any amount
           Non-poisonous gases                        2.2   > 100 liters
           Corrosive gases                            2.4   Any amount
           Non-corrosive gases                        2.2   > 100 liters
           Flammable liquids                           3    > 200 liters
           Flammable solids                            4    > 25 kg
           Spontaneously combustibles                  4    > 25 kg
           Dangerous when wet                          4    > 25 kg
           Oxidizers                                  5.1   > 50 kg or 50 liters
           Organic peroxides                          5.2   > 1 kg or 1 liter
           Poisonous substances                       6.1   > 5 kg or 5 liters


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       Infectious substances                      6.2   Any amount
                                                        Surface : > 10 mSv/h
       Radioactive material                       7
                                                        At 1 meter : >200 Sv/h
       Corrosive materials                         8    > 5 kg or 5 liters
       Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods              9.1   > 50 kg
       “Hazardous to Environment”                       > 1 kg
       material
       Dangerous wastes                           9.3   > 5 kg or 5 liters


3.2.2 Internal Reporting and Contact Information

Spills must be reported by the Manager to Site Safety, Arjen Spruit / Dave Crottey. If the
Site Safety Coordinator is unavailable, contact the (Acting) Environmental Manager, Rob
Wilson.   If the Environmental Manager is also unavailable, contact the Environmental
Coordinator, (vacant). For reportable spills, also contact the General Manager, John Knapp
or his designate.


    Minto Mine – Communications Contact Information

    Arjen Spruit / Dave Crottey, Safety Coordinators
    Office Tel.                                                   (604) 759-0860 ext. 444

    John Knapp, General Manager
    Office Tel.                                                   (604) 759-0860 ext. 439

    Alternate #1: Jason Nickel, Mine Manager
    Office Tel.                                                   (604) 759-0860 ext. 453

    Alternate #2: Rob Wilson, Environmental Manager
    Office Tel.                                                   (604) 759-0860 ext. 462

    Alternate #3: Vacant, Environmental Coordinator
    Office Tel.                                                   (604) 759-0860 ext. 462


Responsible managers will be required to document and communicate the release of a
deleterious substance on a standard incident report form available from Site Safety.




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3.2.3 External Reporting and Contact Information


All spills must be reported to the Yukon Government Environment, Water Resources,
Inspections Division, regardless of the quantity spilled or its location.


                           Carola Scheu, Manager - (867) 456-3980


All spills entering Minto Creek must be immediately reported to the Yukon Authorization
Officer (Director, Environmental Protection Operations Division).


                       Steven Wright, Acting Director - (604) 666-0064


The following table provides a summarized list of external contacts.

Table 2. Spill Related Resources and Contact Numbers

                      Resource                                  Contact Number

 Yukon 24- Hour Spill Line                                       (867) 667-7244

 Authorization Officer, Steven Wright, Director                  (604) 666-0064

 Nursing Station - Pelly                                         (867) 537-4444

 Fire Department – Pelly (Emergency)                             (867) 537-3000

 Police – Pelly                                                  (867) 537-5555

 Hospital – Whitehorse                                           (867) 667-8700

 Fire Department – Whitehorse                          (867) 668-8699 or (867) 668-2462

 Police – Whitehorse                                             (867) 667-5555
 Access Consulting Group
                                                                 (867) 668-6463
       (Environmental Consultant)
 YG Department of Environment, Water
                                                                 (867) 667-3227
 Resources Branch
 YG Environmental Protection Branch                              (867) 667-3436

 Selkirk First Nation, Lands Director                            (867) 537-3331

 YG EMR, Carmacks Natural Resource Officer                       (867) 863-5271

 YG EMR, Client Services and Inspections                         (867) 667-3199




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The following sections highlight the responsibilities of each contact and their required
involvement in the event of any incident.        It is incumbent upon the mine Managers to
understand the role of each individual external organization for quick and safe responses to
any type of spill.

                3.2.3.1    GOVERNMENT (DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT)

Although several government agencies at the federal, territorial and municipal levels may
ultimately be involved, only one government contact is required for mine site spills:



          YUKON TERRITORIAL 24-HOUR EMERGENCY SPILL RESPONSE NUMBER

                                  Telephone: 1 - 867 - 667 - 7244


The following agencies will be subsequently contacted by the 24 hour emergency spill
response line:
   • The R.C.M.P.;
    •   Environmental Protection Branch, Yukon Government;
    •   Ministry of Health, Yukon Government;
    •   Environment Canada;
    •   Other relevant agencies
The following information shall be conveyed to the affected agencies through the 24-hour
Emergency Spill Response Line:
    1. Time of Spill
    2. General Location of the Spill or Leak
    3. Specific Location of the Spill or Leak
         • Nearest Water Course or Body of Water
         • Potential to Enter Surface Water
    4. Severity of Spill or Leak :
         • Minor - Less than 100 liters
         • Major - Less than 1,000 liters
         • Emergency - Greater than 1,000 liters
    5. Type of Spill :
         • Total Loss / Leakage
         • Overturned Vehicle or Tanker (plus name of Transport Company)
         • Ruptured Tank
         • Lost Drums
    6. Fire Hazard
    7. Hazard to Humans (Identify)
    8. Injuries (Number, Severity)

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    9. Expected Environmental Effects, if any
    10. Equipment and Clean-up consumables on hand
    11. Name of Caller and Call Back Number

This information should be documented on the Incident Report Form available from Site
Safety.

                3.2.3.2    CANUTEC (TDG)

The Mine Mangers may also call CANUTEC for assistance in handling dangerous goods
emergencies. One of the responsibilities of this organization is the sharing of resources,
consumables, equipment and personnel in the event of a spill. This organization is a branch
of Transport Canada that provides 24 hour help on Dangerous Goods.



                               CANUTEC - Dangerous Goods Help

                              Telephone Collect: 0 - 613 - 996 - 6666




A “dangerous occurrence” is defined as:

    •   Any loss of dangerous goods in excess of specified amounts or which represents a
        danger.
    •   Damage to any container of dangerous goods.
    •   A transportation accident in which radioactive goods are involved.
    •   An unintentional explosion or fire involving dangerous goods.


Notification must also be reported immediately to the owner of the transport trucks and the
owner or consignor of the dangerous goods. It is the responsibility of the transporter of the
goods to report this type of incident, the Mine Manager or his designate should ensure that it
has been carried out properly.


                3.2.3.3    R.C.M.P.


An accident involving a vehicle or an injury will require that the Mine Manger or his
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situation. The Emergency Spill Response system may or may not contact the detachment
promptly.



                               Pelly Crossing R.C.M.P. Detachment

                                   Telephone: 867 - 537 - 5555
                                          or if no answer
                                        1 - 867- 667 - 5555




                3.2.3.4    PELLY CROSSING NURSING STATION

An accident involving a serious injury or fatality will require that the Safety
Coordinator/Medic or Health and Safety Superintendent (or Officer) or designate contact the
Nursing Station in Pelly Crossing to advise them on the situation. The Nursing Station
personnel need to be prepared for incoming casualties. The Nursing Station will co-ordinate
with Whitehorse General Hospital if the situation is serious and/or requires medivac to
Whitehorse or beyond. EMT’s will transport casualties to the Nursing Station as soon as
possible.



                                       Pelly Nursing Station

                                   Telephone: (867) 537 - 4444



                3.2.3.5    SELKIRK FIRST NATION

The Mine Manager or his designate will inform the Selkirk First Nation (SFN) Environmental
Coordinator. The SFN representative will contact the Chief and leaders of the SFN. The
Mine Manger will keep the SFN informed of the situation. He or his designate will also keep
the SFN informed of the progress in cleanup, any environmental impacts and the results
from any testing done related to the spill.



                 Selkirk First Nation Environmental Coordinator representative

                                   Telephone: (867) 537 - 3331



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                3.2.3.6    SURROUNDING AND DOWNSTREAM COMMUNITIES

Notification of downstream water users if required is normally the responsibility of the Yukon
Government, Environmental Protection Branch.


                3.2.3.7    FAMILY MEMBERS

The Pelly Crossing RCMP detachment will contact the family or next of kin if the spill
involved casualties or fatalities. He will keep them informed of the situation and assisting
them, if necessary.


                3.2.3.8    MEDIA

All communications concerning the spill situation with the news media will be handled by the
Mine Manager or his designate.          Employees are to refer any questions or discussion
concerning the incident to the Mine Manager. No employee is to contact the media without
approval from the Mine Manager.


3.3 MONITORING OF AFFECTED AREA

Once the spill is contained, trained personnel in sampling procedures will assess the
efficacy of control and clean-up measures conducted at a spill site using the following
techniques, which are highly dependant upon quantity and type of material spilled.

3.3.1 Spill of a Reportable Size OR Within Minto Creek


Once a spill of reportable size has been contained or ANY spill of ANY quantity within Minto
Creek, MintoEx managers will consult with the spill reporting line or lead agency Inspector
assigned to the file to determine the level of cleanup required. The authorities may require a
site specific study to ensure appropriate clean up levels are met. Criteria that may be
considered when directing specific site clean-up include type and characteristics of material
spilled, quantity of material spilled, replacement of soils, revegetation or area, effects on
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3.3.2 Spills of a Non-Reportable Size


For spills of a non-reportable size, there is no requirement to contact the spill reporting line
or lead agency; in all such cases, trained personnel will sample and analyze contaminated
soil at the spill site according to Protocol No.3 – Sampling Procedures for Soil Samples
taken in relation to the Contaminated Sites Regulations under the Environment Act. The
following is a brief description of the protocol. Please refer to the Protocol for specific steps
for sampling contaminated soil.


Often when contamination is first suspected or encountered, in-situ (i.e. in the ground)
sampling or confirmatory sampling must be conducted to determine the type, level and
extent of contamination in order to direct excavation of the contaminated material or to
gather   information    to   select     other   appropriate   remediation   measures.       In-situ
characterization    allows    spatial    relationships   between    contaminant   sources     and
contaminated materials to be established. This allows MintoEx to minimize the volumes of
waste that needs to be removed from a site.              Unless circumstances do no permit,
material should be classified using the in-situ characterization methods.


It is the responsibility of MintoEx to ensure that contaminated material is properly
characterized, and that proper confirmatory sampling is carried out, in accordance with all
applicable Yukon laws, regulations and standards. Specifically, site assessments, as
required by Section 9 of the Yukon Contaminated Sites Regulation, must be sufficiently
thorough to identify the “specific areas, depths and degree of contaminants on the site,
including areas and extent of migration, if applicable”.


Following excavation, material contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons is normally
treated at a land treatment facility, where it must be sampled before being removed at the
end of the treatment process. Procedures for sampling material in land treatment facilities
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4.0        SPILL RESPONSE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

This section will serve to provide managers with the tools and materials available at the
Minto Mine site necessary to adequately contain and clean-up a spill. Site supervisors and
managers will be required to thoroughly understand and have knowledge of specific spill
response procedures outlined within this report. Section 4.4 explains to the reader how to
use specific spill containment techniques described in Sections 4.2.

4.1 GENERAL SPILL RESPONSE

Determine:

      •   Who is reporting the spill?
      •   What materials are involved in the spill?
      •   Any injury or risk of injury?
      •   Any fire or risk of fire?
      •   The location and extent of the spill and any action taken?

Notify:

      •   Notify the designated Emergency Response Coordinator on shift (usually the Safety
          Coordinator) or if not available a member of the Environment department (Manager,
          Coordinator, Officer or Monitor). The most senior employee on shift will be the
          alternate to the designated Emergency Response Coordinator.
      •   The Emergency Response Coordinator will have overall responsibility for the spill
          and may delegate certain responsibilities as required.

Mobilize:

      •   The Emergency Response Coordinator will assess the severity of the spill in order to
          determine an appropriate level of response and mobilize the Spill Response Team.
      •   Is the environment endangered?
      •   Are employees endangered?
      •   Any fire or risk of fire?
      •   Can the spill be confined?
      •   Can the Spill Response Team cope with the spill?

Communicate:

      •   The Emergency Response Coordinator will alert the Spill Report Hotline and seek
          guidance and assistance, if required, as per the contact list,

Follow-up:

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    •     The Emergency Response Coordinator will call out other employees not currently on
          shift and obtain additional services and equipment as required. The Emergency
          Response Coordinator will also control access to the site of the spill and notify mine
          management and the corporate office of the spill. Following the spill, the Emergency
          Response Coordinator will cause an inventory to be taken of supplies used for
          restocking purposes and conduct a review of the emergency response.
    •     Follow-up monitoring is outlined in Section 3.3.

A specific Spill Response Plan will be triggered by the nature and location of the spill

All MintoEx employees must abide by MintoEx’s safety rules and standard practices and
procedures and comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Mine Safety
Regulations of the Yukon Territory.          These responsibilities will be introduced to all
employees as part of their orientation.

4.2 CONTAINMENT OF SPILLS

Spills containment on the Property will require specific spill responses based on the location
and surface composition. This section will focus on general spill containment practices on
land, water and snow. The primary focus should always be in stemming the source of the
spill and containing the spill. The sooner the reaction to a spill the less environmental
damage and the less to clean up. Rapid deployment of spill pads and sorbent material will
result in less contaminant going into the ground. Machinery or barrel leaks that do not reach
the ground are not “spills”.

4.2.1 Containment of Spills on Land
Spills on land include spills on rock, gravel, soil and/or vegetation. It is important to note that
soil is a natural sorbent, thus spills on soil are generally less serious than spills on water as
contaminated soil can be more easily recovered. However, larger spills have the ability
saturate land and flow across land, making containment measures as described below very
important.


Generally spills on land occur during the late spring, summer or fall when snow cover is at a
minimum. It is important that all measures be undertaken to avoid spills reaching open water
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Dykes
Dykes can be created using soil surrounding a spill on land. These dykes are constructed
around the perimeter or down slope of the spilled fuel. A dyke needs to be built up to a size
that will ensure containment of the maximum quantity of fuel that may reach it. A plastic tarp
can be placed on and at the base of the dyke such that fuel can pool up and subsequently
be removed with sorbent materials or by pump into barrels or bags. If the spill is migrating
very slowly a dyke may not be necessary and sorbents can be used to soak up fuels before
they migrate away from the source of the spill.


Trenches
Trenches can be dug out to contain spills as long as the top layer of soil is thawed. Shovels,
pick axes, an excavator or a loader can be used depending on the size of trench required. It
is recommended that the trench be dug to the bedrock or permafrost, which will then provide
containment layer for the spilled fuel. Fuel can then be recovered using a pump or sorbent
materials.


4.2.2 Containment of Spills on Water
Spills on water such as rivers, streams or lakes are the most serious types of spills as they
can negatively impact water quality and aquatic life. All measures need to be undertaken to
contain spills on open water.


Booms
Booms are commonly used to recover fuel floating on the surface of lakes or slow moving
streams. They are released from the shore of a water body to create a circle around the
spill. If the spill is away from the shoreline a boat will need to be used to reach the spill,
then the boom can be set out. More than one boom may be used at once. Booms may also
be used in streams and should be set out at an angle to the current. Booms are designed to
float and have sorbent materials built into them to absorb fuels at the edge of the boom.
Fuel contained within the circle of the boom will need to be recovered using sorbent
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Weirs
Weirs can be used to contain spills in streams and to prevent further migration downstream.
Plywood or other materials found on site can be placed into and across the width of the
stream, such that water can still flow under the weir. Spilled fuel will float on the water
surface and be contained at the foot of the weir. It can then be removed using sorbents,
booms or pumps and placed into barrels or plastic bags.


Barriers
In some situations barriers made of netting or fence material can be installed across a
stream, and sorbent materials placed at the base to absorb spilled fuel. Sorbents will need
to be replaced as soon as they are saturated. Water will be allowed to flow through. This is
very similar to the weir option discussed above.        Note that in some cases, it may be
appropriate to burn fuel or to let volatile fuels such as gasoline evaporate after containment
on the water surface.      This should only be undertaken in consultation with, and after
approval from YTG lead agency Inspector.


4.2.3 Containment of Spills on Ice
Spills on ice are generally the easiest spills to contain due to the predominantly
impermeable nature of the ice. For small spills, sorbent materials are used to soak up
spilled fuel. Remaining contaminated ice/ slush can be scraped and shoveled into a plastic
bag or barrel. However, all possible attempts should be made to prevent spills from entering
ice covered waters as no easy method exists for containment and recovery of spills if they
seep under ice.


Dykes
Dykes can be used to contain fuel spills on ice. By collecting surrounding snow, compacting
it and mounding it to form a dyke down slope of the spill, a barrier is created thus helping to
contain the spill. If the quantity of spill is fairly large, a plastic tarp can be placed over the
dyke such that the spill pools at the base of the dyke. The collected fuel can then be
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Trenches
For significant spills on ice, trenches can be cut into the ice surrounding and/or down slope
of the spill such that fuel is allowed to pool in the trench. It can then be removed via pump
into barrels, collected with sorbent materials, or mixed with snow and shoveled into barrels
or bags.


Burning
Burning should only be considered if other approaches are not feasible, and is only to be
undertaken with the permission of the YTG lead agency inspector.


4.2.4 Containment of Spills on Snow
Snow is a natural sorbent, thus as with spills on soil, spilled fuel can be more easily
recovered.      Generally, small spills on snow can be easily cleaned up by raking and
shoveling the contaminated snow into plastic bags or empty barrels, and storing these at an
approved location.


Dykes
Dykes can be used to contain fuel spills on snow. By compacting snow down slope from the
spill, and mounding it to form a dyke, a barrier or berm is created thus helping to contain the
spill. If the quantity of spill is fairly large, a plastic tarp can be placed over the dyke such
that the spill pools at the base of the dyke. The collected fuel/snow mixture can then be
shoveled into barrels or bags, or collected with sorbent materials.


4.3 PROCEDURES FOR TRANSFERRING, STORING, AND MANAGING SPILL WASTES


In most cases, spill cleanups are initiated once the spill is contained. Sorbent socks and
pads are generally used for small spill clean-up. A pump with attached fuel transfer hose
can suction spills from leaking containers or large accumulations on land or ice, and direct
these larger quantities into empty drums or tanks. Hand tools such as cans, shovels, and
rakes are also very effective for small spills or hard to reach areas.          Spill response
equipment mentioned in this section, including the mentioned tools, are available in spill kits
deployed at designated areas as shown in Error! Reference source not found.. Heavy
equipment can be used if deemed necessary, and given space and time constraints.


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For most of the containment procedures outlined in Section 4.4, spilled petroleum products
and materials used for containment will be placed into empty waste oil containers or plastic
bags and sealed for proper disposal at an approved disposal facility. Following clean up,
any tools or equipment used will be properly washed and decontaminated to prevent the
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4.4 SPILL CONTAINMENT TECHNIQUES

4.4.1 Sorbent Materials Application Technique
    Form of Sorbent                   Description of Technique

    1. Squares and Strips             Placed in confined areas to pick up small quantity of oil, they should be
                                      left for a period of time for greater effectiveness.

    2. Rolls                          Used in the same manner as squares and strips but usually more
                                      convenient since they can be torn or cut off at the optimum length.

                                      Very effective in protecting walkways, boat decks, working areas,
                                      previously uncontaminated or cleaned areas; can be used to cover areas
                                      used as temporary storage sites for oily materials.

                                      Disposal is facilitated by rolling up sorbent and     placing in suitable
                                      container.C36


    3. Booms                          Can serve a dual function by absorbing oil and acting as a boom but is
                                      only effective in very quiet waters.

                                      • The tightly compacted sorbent material encased in mesh. restricts oil
                                      penetration thus requiring the boom to be rotated and moved around in
                                      the oil to work efficiently. It is usually better to drive the oil into the
                                      boom.

                                      • Can be used effectively to protect sheltered areas against oil
                                      contamination. Also can be deployed behind skimmers to pick up excess
                                      or missed oil.

                                      Disposal is accomplished by folding, rolling, and/or stuffing the boom
                                      into plastic or burlap bags for removal

    4. Loose Materials                Loose sorbent materials are not recommended for use in oil spills on
                                      water for the following reasons:

                                      •Without efficient means of recovering loose sorbent materials tidal
                                      action, wind, and currents will disperse
                                      Oil-soaked sorbents over a large area, thus complicating the cleanup
                                      effort.

                                      • Large—scale recovery of loose-sorbents such as straw, polyurethane
                                      foam, and peat moss is not considered practical in open water, and at the
                                      present time no effective equipment is available for this purpose.

                                      • Loose sorbent materials tend to clog vacuum equipment when they are
                                      used for oil pickup.

                                      Loose sorbent materials may have limited applicability in the cleanup of
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4.4.3 Oil Containment on Rivers




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4.4.4 Oil Containment on Streams




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4.4.5 Oil Containment on Lakes




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5.0      EMERGENCY RESPONSE PREPAREDNESS

Planning for an emergency situation is imperative, due to the nature of the materials stored
on Property, as well as the remoteness of the Property. Along with the preventative
measures outlined below, adequate training of staff and contractors is paramount.            All
hazardous materials arrive either by land or air as needed throughout the year and as
dictated by conditions on the Yukon River. Typically there is a two month window in the
spring and fall where land access is not feasible as a result of unsafe conditions during
either freeze-up or break-up of the Yukon River. During this period airplanes are used to
transport crew and materials to and from the Property.


All hazardous materials are unloaded with a crane or zoom boom and carefully placed in
protected storage areas. Protective steel toe boots, hard hats and safety glasses are worn
while unloading fuel drums and in some cases flame retardant clothing when dealing with
acidic or caustic materials.     The storage areas for diesel fuel, jet B fuel, gasoline and
propane are lined with impermeable liners and bermed with 110% containment. Planking is
used to protect the liner from the fuel drums and cylinders. Fuel drums used for the oil stove
heating at the exploration camp are no longer required as the camp is only used for covered
cold storage. When use previously, fuel drums were housed in secondary containers that
are leak proof and are placed on a drip tray.


Spill kits are located wherever fuel is stored or used and at several other strategic locations.
See Section 5.1 for details on spill kit contents.


Portable drip trays and appropriately sized fuel transfer hoses with pumps are used when
refuelling aircraft or other motorized equipment, to avoid any leaks/drips onto the land. The
camp manager or designated fuel monitor conducts weekly visual inspections to check for
leaks or damage to the fuel storage containers, as well as for stained or discoloured soils
around the fuel storage areas and adjacent motorized equipment. For example, lids/caps
are checked for tight seals. A checklist is used to ensure no areas have been missed and
results of the inspections are recorded in the company database. Regular maintenance and
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5.1 EMERGENCY SPILL RESPONSE EQUIPMENT INVENTORY

Spill kits are located throughout the Minto Mine Property at locations indicated in Figure 4.
The contents, which are described below in Table 3, are contained within re-sealable blue
and yellow barrels. Site contractors Pelly Construction and Dyno Nobel have additional kits
within other containers at locations as marked on Figure 4. Contractor supervisor trucks
have spill kits permanently affixed to the truck body. All Minto trucks have Spill Kits in yellow
truck bags. All contract trucking agencies coming to the mine are required to carry spill kits
within or affixed to the truck.


Earth moving and other equipment located at Minto Mine are listed below. All contractor
equipment is available for use in spills clean-up operations.


Table 3. Contents of Spill Kits
Spill Kit Item                           Yellow Barrel      Blue Barrel     Yellow Truck Bag

Tyvek splash suits                              2                 2
Chemical master gloves                          2                 2                    1
Garbage bags with ties                         10                 5                    3
Oil only booms (5” x 10’)                       4                 2                    1
Oil only mats (16” x 20”)                      100               100
Universal sorbent mat                          20                 20                  10
Sorbent socks                                  20                 20
Sorbent pads (pillows)                         10                 10
Absorb-all pellet bags                          2                 2
Tarp                                            2                 1
Duct tape                                       1                 1
Utility knife                                   1                 1
Field notebook and pencil                       1                 1
Rake                                            1
Pick axe                                        1
Aluminum scoop shovels                          2                 2
Instruction binder                              1                 1                    1



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Earth moving and other equipment located at Minto Mine
15 large haul trucks
1 – 330 excavator
1 - 385 excavator
3 loaders
3 graders
1 soft tired backhoe
1 small man boat and motor
1 chain saw
3 fuel transfer hoses
Extensive selection of hand tools




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                                                  Figure 4: Spill Kit Locations



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5.2 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

    a. Wear approved boots or shoes with safety toes while at work. Laces must be tied.

    b. Wear a hard hat in the designated areas.

    c. Do not wear loose, baggy or ragged clothing when working around machinery. Long
       hair must be completely confined by a cap or net.

    d. Eye Protection:

         Wear safety glasses when doing any work that might cause particles to fly such as
         during chipping or grinding. Wear goggles or a faceshield when using the
         steamcleaner or compressed air for cleaning. Wear goggles and/or a faceshield
         when handling reagents or where there is a risk of a chemical splash.

    e. Wear a dust mask when working in dusty conditions.

    f.   Wear gloves when handling materials with sharp or jagged edges, wire rope or
         lumber.

    g. Use hearing protection when operating mobile equipment such as a loader or
       backhoe and while working in designated areas.

    h. Wear a safety belt while riding in mobile equipment and use a fall arrest harness
       when doing work at heights.

         THE CONDITION OF THE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS THE
                 RESPONSIBILITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEE

5.3 IN-BOUND FREIGHT

MintoEx regularly purchases goods from a number of suppliers and these goods are
delivered to the mine by truck. The most important products delivered are fuel such as
gasoline, diesel fuel, and propane in bulk, ammonium nitrate in bulk, various lubricants and
reagents in drums and packaged explosives (Class 1.1 and 1.5). It is expected that on
average, one load of freight will be delivered to the mine per day.


It is the policy of MintoEx, in its contractual arrangements with suppliers, to take possession
of goods only upon delivery to the mine. It is further the policy of MintoEx to purchase
goods only from suppliers who have the resources to respond to a spill and have filed Spill
Contingency Plans under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act for designated
substances. Therefore, although MintoEx will assist with communication and the clean-up


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of a spill which may occur along the access road between the highway turnoff and the mine,
MintoEx will not assume liability for a spill which is the result of an incident which occurs
before goods have been delivered to the mine.

5.4 OUT-BOUND FREIGHT

The concentrate is loaded into trucks at the mine under the supervision of the concentrate
shed operator. Each truck holds approximately 48 tonnes. The loaded trucks are hauled to
Skagway, Alaska under contract with Lynden Trucking. Responsibility for the concentrate is
accepted by Mineral Services Incorporated once loading had been completed.               It is
expected that on average six to twenty loads of concentrate will be hauled per day
depending on the season.


Lynden Trucking is responsible for notification and clean-up in case of a concentrate spill as
per the Spill Contingency Plan filed by Lynden. Therefore, although MintoEx will assist with
communication and the clean-up of a concentrate spill which may occur along the access
road between the mine and the highway turnoff, MintoEx does not accept liability for a spill
which is the result of an incident which occurs after the truck has left the mine.


5.5 SPILLS ON SITE


Current engineering standards have been used in the design and construction of the mill
and ancillary facilities and site services. Detailed information is available in Maintenance
Planning. The facilities are monitored on a regular basis 24 hours per day and it is expected
that a spill will be discovered, contained, and cleaned up immediately.


If a spill does occur on site, it will be the responsibility of the supervisor or manager to
ensure that spill containment, clean-up and reporting procedures are conducted in strict
accordance with this Plan and accompanying MSDS sheets. Spill containment will utilize
BMP’s outlined in Section 4.0, clean-up and movement of spill material, if it stays within the
boundaries of the Minto Mine site, will not require a movement application. Spill reporting
will occur as usual, regardless of whether or not a spill occurs within or outside the
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5.6 SPILLS OFF SITE

Offsite spills will most often be the result of transportation company error and therefore all
spills will be the responsibility of the transportation company; however, MintoEx will be
available for support if requested by the transportation company in the form of spill reporting
and spill communication. MintoEx will not be responsible for clean-up of spills




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6.0        RESPONSE ORGANIZATION


This section defines the roles and responsibilities of all personnel responsible for the
response to and clean-up of spills on the Minto property.


6.1 SPILL DISCOVERY PERSON

The person that discovers an incident that could be a spill will:

      •   Notify the Supervisor of that section of the operation where the incident has occurred
          as soon as possible;
      •   Assist the Section Supervisor when needed;
      •   Assist the First Aid Personnel if required to; and
      •   Assist the Personnel Safety/Manager in documenting the spill report.


6.2 DEPARTMENT SUPERVISOR & SAFETY COORDINATOR / ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT
   REPRESENTATIVE

The Department Supervisor’s responsibility is to assess the incident to confirm that it is a
defined spill.    If the incident is not a defined spill, it will be cleaned up by appropriate
personnel and noted in the daily report. A defined spill will initiate the Emergency Spill
Response Plan. The Supervisor’s responsibilities include:


      •   Contacting the First Aid Personnel if casualties are associated with the incident and
          assisting in treatment of casualties;
      •   Contacting or arranging to contact Site Safety;
      •   Cordoning off the spill site to create a safety zone and contacting the Minto Medic or
          his designate; and
      •   Working with the Site Safety Coordinator and / or Environment Department
          representative to manage the spill.




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6.3 DEPARTMENT MANAGERS

Managers have the responsibility of identifying the severity of the spill, confirming the
degree of danger to human health and safety, determining the degree of clean-up required,
and if required initiating the Emergency Response Plan. Managers will also be required to
understand the various categories of spill severity of major materials onsite, which will define
the following: the nature of the emergency, environment and human health effects, stability
and     reactivity,   handling   and    storage,   exposure   control,   disposal   considerations,
transportation information, and toxicological information.        This information will ultimately
determine the steps for response mobilization, cleanup and remediation measures.


Once the spilled material is determined, Managers will be responsible for the organization of
a clean-up crew and/or ERT if the spill is considered major, indicating where to assemble,
what clean-up equipment is required, and mobilization to specific areas of the mine site that
require clean-up. The manager will be directly responsible for delegating the clean-up for
the entire response process.            Photographs will be taken to document the clean-up
procedures.


Personal protection equipment is required when responding to a release or spill.               The
specific personal protection equipment used will be determined by the product specific
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). All precautions that are stated in the MSDS will be
followed.

The Environmental Manager will control all information, responses and actions concerning
the incident in and out of the mine site. When the environmental manager is unavailable,
the Environmental Coordinator will be in control of the situation and as soon as possible
inform the Environmental Manger of the situation. The duties of the Environmental Manger
include:


    •    Contact the Minto Medic (ERT Leader) if not already informed and oversee the
         situation;
    •    Evaluate the situation and determine appropriate responses to either major,
         reportable, or minor spills;
    •    Initiate the incident investigation;

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    •   For major or reportable spills contact one of the General Manager, Vice President of
        Operations, Chief Operating Officer or President of Capstone Mining (depending on
        availabiligy) and advise them of the situation.      The Environmental Manager will
        maintain communications with the General Manager to keep him completely
        informed of the situation;
    •   Contact the R.C.M.P., if necessary, for security purposes;
    •   Contact and maintain communications with the various government agencies
        including the Department of Environment, Water Board, DFO, Occupation Health
        and Safety, etc; and
    •   Arrange for the transportation of government officials from the Minto Mine airport if a
        site inspection is deemed necessary.


6.4 EMERGENCY RESPONSE COORDINATOR

The Emergency Response Coordinator will be present as soon as possible. Their duties
include:


    •   Assisting first aid treatment to any casualties, if necessary.       Contact the Pelly
        Nursing Station and transport the casualties to the Station.           Take charge of
        confirming the status of the casualties and reporting them to the Managers;
    •   Maintaining the communication between essential personnel.             Confirm that all
        responsible personnel have been contacted;
    •   Assisting in transportation of the Emergence Response Team to the site;
    •   Assisting in the accident/incident investigation. He may be required to contact the
        R.C.M.P. by the Mine Manager;
    •   Ensuring reports are completed and submitted in the time allowed;
    •   Ensuring that a full review of an incident is conducted as per Section 8.0 In-house
        Report and Follow-up; and
    •   Contacting family or next of kin of the situation and assisting them, if necessary.




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6.5 EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM MEMBERS


Members of the ERT will be called on to assist in clean-up if the spill is considered moderate
or major.    All other personnel are to proceed to locations designated by responsible
Manager or Supervisor.


6.6 FIRST AID PERSONNEL

There will be qualified First Aid Personnel available on a 24-hour basis in different sections
of the operations. Their duties will include:


    •   Assisting Medic in providing first aid to injured personnel;
    •   Contacting the Pelly Nursing Station and transporting the casualties to the Station, if
        required to do so; and
    •   Maintaining communications with the Minto Medic and assisting him, as required.


6.7 REGULATORY MANAGER AND ACCESS CONSULTING GROUP

If required, Access Consulting Group will be present as soon as possible and remain at the
site until the situation has been alleviated. Responsibilities include:


    •   Ensuring that all government regulations are compiled with;
    •   Working with Managers and Owners with media relations;
    •   Reviewing and inspecting remediation techniques of spill site; and
    •   Contacting the Owner if absent. Inform him of the situation and the procedures that
        are being followed.


6.8 OWNER (PRESIDENT)

The Owner of MintoEx will:


    •   Keep informed of the situation via the Mine Managers, and if necessary, visit the site
        to personally assess the situation for MintoEx;
    •   Take charge of all media communiqués and interviews, if necessary; and

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    •   Inform the Board of Directors of MintoEx of the situation and its ramifications.


6.9 OTHER EMPLOYEES

All employees not assigned to specific spill response duties or not directly involved with the
spill, must remain at their assigned places of work.


6.10 PUBLIC RELATIONS

The General Manager is the designated spokesman for MintoEx. The General Manager may
delegate his responsibility for public relations if forced to do so by the scale of the incident.


The following are key elements of a public relations strategy:


    a. Provide information to the news media and the public on a timely basis;
    b. Co-ordinate the release of information with a release by a government official to
        avoid duplication and/or confusion. Inform the RCMP if necessary;
    c. Provide facts only;
    d. Avoid potentially controversial subjects; and
    e. Ensure that next-of-kin have been informed before the name of an injured person or
        a casualty is released.




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7.0      EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING


Emergency Response Team (ERT) personnel will be trained to the BC Mine Rescue –
Surface standard which includes Standard First Aid with CPR-C. Once trained to this level,
they will keep their certification current through practical and theory scenario training.
Training exercises for the ERTs are organized by the Minto Health and Safety
Superintendent. A list of names, training modules, and specialized simulations completed
are maintained by the superintendent.


7.1 TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS (TDG)


Transporter Qualifications


Transporters will be carefully selected, and are required to have Department of Transport
certification, acceptable spill response programs, hazardous materials safety and handling
procedures (including material safety data sheets [MSDS]), and driver training programs.
Each approved transporter will be periodically reviewed to assure that they continue to carry
valid Department of Transport certification.


Delivery Scheduling


The potential for spills will be minimized to the greatest extent possible by scheduling
deliveries to avoid any regular or temporary congestion that may occur along routes leading
to Minto Mine. Transporters will be required to advise the operations of any delays or
schedule changes that occur. Deliveries will be timed during daylight hours to coincide with
warehousing hours and to minimize offloading problems.


Regulatory Compliance


Transporters making deliveries to Minto Mine will be required to follow all federal and
territorial Department of Transportation regulations for the transportation of dangerous
goods, as defined in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA). This will include
all placarding, packaging, manifests, etc.


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Response Outside Territory


The transporters or contact carriers will implement their own response plan. The Minto
General Manager will be notified as a courtesy and be kept informed of the success of the
cleanup.


Response Inside Territory


MintoEx’s Spill Contingency and Emergency Response Plan is designed to cover the
operations area and the access road into the site. However, MintoEx will also respond, if
requested, to any incidents between Whitehorse and the Minto Road turnoff.                The
transporter or other agency (i.e. RCMP) who is first made aware of the emergency will be
required to notify the territory emergency response office. If MintoEx is informed of the
incident, the Managers may then direct the ERT to the scene if requested, although MintoEx
will assume no responsibility for the incident beyond their defined Response Area.


Radio Controlled Main Access Road


The main access road into Minto Mine will be controlled by radio. Each transporter will be
required to program their in-truck radios to the Minto Mine frequencies at Omega
Communications Ltd. Transporters will call out their kilometers as per signs located at the
sides of the Minto access road.


7.2 WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INFORMATION SYSTEM (WHMIS)


Employees that will be handling potential hazardous materials will require WHMIS training.
The training will identify hazardous materials in their section. Classification of hazardous
material, supplier labels, work site labels and Material Safety Data Sheets will be covered in
the training. Employees will have updates to the system and MSDS information every year
or when new products are to be used.




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7.3 STANDARD FIRST AID


There will be at least one employee in each mine, mill and shop/warehouse at all times, that
is certified with Standard First Aid. All employees will be encouraged to have Standard First
Aid training and maintain their certification. Key personnel may be required to obtain more
detailed emergency medical training (i.e. Level 3 First Aid, etc.)


7.4 FIRE FIGHTING


All employees will be required to participate in extinguishing small fires by utilizing fire
extinguishers. The ERT will be required to be trained in major fire fighting and response to
various sources of fire.      Fire fighting drills will be undertaken throughout each year of
operation. Various fire drills and random spill situations will be simulated to maintain a high
level of skill in the Team.


7.5 MINE RESCUE


A Minto Mine Rescue Team will be available at all times during operations. This team
handles all emergencies including spills in the mine. The unique situation that may occur
within a mine, especially in underground workings, requires special training and equipment.




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8.0        UPDATING AND TESTING OF EMERGENCY SPILL RESPONSE PLAN

This Plan will employ the adaptive management model to incorporate feedback following
any emergency incident or emergency simulation exercise. The review process of this Plan
will involve a debriefing with site Senior Management, the Minto Environmental Manager
and the Minto Health and Safety Superintendent after an incident or exercise. This will
involve critiquing and recommending changes to ensure this Plan is effective in dealing with
spills of a deleterious substance. The following is a list of procedures to be followed when
updating and testing the Plan:


      •   Management or agents will be responsible for updating this Plan at least once per
          year, with revisions to be included in annual reporting;
      •   The list of personnel on the ERT and personnel with Standard First Aid is the
          responsibility of the Minto Health and Safety Superintendent, with any updates to be
          forwarded to Senior Managers;
      •   Testing of this Plan will occur at least once per year and will be initiated at the
          discretion of Management. Testing will involve holding an emergency simulation
          exercise of a mock spill. The response by the ERT will be reviewed and critiqued by
          Senior Managers;
      •   The emergency simulation will help guide the revision process;
      •   All changes to the plan are to be covered by a revised title page indicating the latest
          revision date as well as a revision summary page; and
      •   Revisions of this Plan are to be forwarded to departments on the primary distribution
          list referenced at the beginning of this document. Outdated copies are to be returned
          to MintoEx for disposal.




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9.0      REFERENCES


Access Consulting Group (March 14, 2006). “Minto Mine – Phase 1 Water Treatment
      Contingency Plan.” Water Use License QZ96-006.

Hallam Knight Piesold Ltd (1994).     Minto Project, Initial Environmental Evaluation,
      Supporting Volume II, Environmental Setting. Prepared for Minto Explorations Ltd.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (April 2007). Guidelines for Spill Contingency Planning.
       Prepared by Water Resources Division, Indian and Northern Affairs, Yellowknife, NT.

Metal Mining Effluent Regulations. P.C. 2002-987. 6 June, 2002.

Water Use License – QZ96-001, Minto Explorations Ltd. November 2005. Yukon Territory
      Water Board.

Water Use License Application – QZ96-001, Minto Explorations Ltd. Exhibits 1 to 1.2.13
      (vol. 1 of 3). April 14, 1997. Yukon Territory Water Board.




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