Generation PGM Inc. (GenPGM) is a subsidiary of Generation Mining Limited, a Canadian exploration and development company with interests in platinum group metals (PGM) and copper. Our actions are guided by our core values including:
Social Accountability – community working committees have been established, to allow for cooperation with the community and public participation in the oversight of our exploration programs and project development. These cooperative relationships build trust between participants through open communication and a process that enhances transparency.
Collaborative Community Relationships – in which GenPGM’s development plans are shared and discussed, providing the opportunity to address the socio-economic concerns and environmental planning in a collaborative way.
Charitable Giving and Educational Support – support for community projects, cultural events, emergency services, youth activities, and education. GenPGM and its predecessor have regularly sponsored joint training initiatives to enhance skills of local community members and has been a sponsor of Outland Youth Employment camps that provides Indigenous youth with jobs, education, and training in the forestry and natural resources sectors.
Health and Safety - commitment to developing and operating the Project while ensuring the health and safety of our employees, contractors, suppliers, and visitors, with the goal of safe production and a workplace that is free from injury and fatality.
Environmental Management – commitment to conducting our activities in a manner that protects the environment. We understand that mining activities have an impact on the environment and recognize that mitigation efforts and effective environmental management are critical to a successful future. Our aim is to minimize, mitigate, and where possible, eliminate impacts to the environment.
Marathon Project Overview
GenPGM is currently focussed on the development of the Marathon Palladium-Copper Project (the Project) in Northwestern Ontario, the most advanced palladium project in North America.
The Project is a planned palladium and copper mining and milling operation located approximately 10km north of the Town of Marathon. Ore will be mined from three open pits and processed on-site at a rate of 25,200 tonnes per day.
The construction workforce will range from 500 - 900 people and will be required for about two (2) years. Operations are planned to last about 13 years and will require a permanent workforce of about 350 people.
Disturbed areas of the Project footprint will be reclaimed in a progressive manner throughout the life of the Project. Natural drainage patterns will be restored as much as possible. The goal of mine decommissioning will be to reclaim land within the Project footprint to permit future use by fish, wildlife, and local people.
Marathon Project Environmental Assessment Process
The Project is subject to both a provincial and federal environmental assessment, led by the Impact Assessment Agency and referred to a Joint Review Panel (JRP). Environmental studies have been ongoing at the Project site since 2006. The formal environmental assessment process was paused in 2014 and was officially restarted in 2020. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Addendum was submitted to regulators in January 2021.
In December 2021, the JRP determined the information provided in the EIS Addendum and associated information requests is sufficient and issued a Notice of Public Hearing, including the Public Hearing Procedures and instructions on how to participate. The public hearings commenced on March 14, 2022 and concluded on May 19, 2022. The JRP report was issued August 2, 2022 and The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and The Honourable David Piccini, Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, each announced on November 30, 2022, that the Marathon Palladium-Copper Project may proceed, subject to conditions set out in the federal decision statement (the “Decision Statement”) and the provincial approval order (the “Approval Order”), respectively.
The Decision Statement and Approval Order were made following a thorough, multi-year, joint federal and provincial environmental assessment process, with input received from Indigenous groups, the public, federal government departments including the Ministry of Environment Canada and Climate Change, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Transport Canada, and provincial government departments including Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Labour, and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority. The government decisions validate the work done to date to develop the Marathon Palladium-Copper Project as a sustainable, environmentally sensitive, low-cost producer of critical metals that are needed to support emissions controls and the transition to a greener economy.
To learn more about the environmental assessment process please visit the Impact Assessment Registry at https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/proj/54755?culture=en-CA