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25 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® NOVEMBER 2020 Canada Invests in Clean Mining Technology Adapted from a News Release from Natural Resources Canada Canada’s mining and minerals industry is important to communities across the country. Developing natural resources in more sustainable and responsible ways drives the economy, reduces environmental impacts, and creates jobs. The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of Treasury Board of Canada and Member of Parliament for Quebec, on behalf of the Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of over $2.1 million to Corem, a Quebec-based innovative expertise center in mining processing. The funds will support the development of an innovative technique for the recovery and recycling of cyanide in the gold extraction process, which is more environmentally sustainable, reducing the impact of gold mining on the aquatic ecosystem. Corem will work to accelerate the deployment of the process to commercial scale by constructing a pilot-scale processing plant. Corem’s promising recycling technology is expected to reduce the volume of contaminated water stored in tailings ponds, thereby contributing to the sustainability and competitiveness of the mining industry. Funding will be provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program, which invests in clean technology research and development projects in Canada’s energy, mining, and forest sectors. The program also provides federal laboratory support for innovators under the Science and Technology Assistance for Cleantech initiative, which is intended to help bring Canadian clean technologies to market by providing federal research expertise, facilities, and equipment. The Quebec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources is also contributing an additional $100,000 to the project. “This financial support demonstrates the importance and interest in the development of clean technologies for the mining industry and the Government of Canada. It allows Corem to pursue its mission of developing innovative solutions for the benefit of a sustainable mining industry, and of working closely with our members, our customers, and our partners,” said Francis Fournier, president and CEO of Corem. ENV Corem has a wide range of equipment to carry out tasks from simple screenings to comprehensive pilot testing. Most of the equipment is modular and mobile, allowing flexible circuit configurations to meet many objectives. Photo courtesy of Corem. Assistance for Those Needing New or Improved Water Wells Adapted from Information by the Water Well Trust The Water Well Trust, a national nonprofit created by the Water Systems Council to provide a clean water supply to American families, has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Household Water Well Systems (HWWS) program. This grant will be used to increase potable water availability to rural households throughout the U.S. The USDA grant, along with matching funds from the Water Systems Council, will be used to subsidize more than 80 Water Well Trust projects throughout the country. This is the first time the Trust is being allowed to operate nationwide, as the previous USDA grants targeted specific states. "This new grant will provide fantastic new resources for meeting the needs of Americans without access to clean, safe water," said Water Well Trust Program Director Margaret Martens. "The Trust has a long waiting list of families who have been hanging on for years, hoping for this kind of help. For them, every day without water is a struggle. This grant will help us fulfill the promise of a better life for these American families much more quickly." The grant funding will provide long-term, low-interest loans for applicants who are looking to improve their existing water well, or wanting to drill a new one. The Water Well Trust limits funding to a maximum of $11,000 per household and the loans have a 1% interest rate with terms of up to 20 years. To qualify for the loan, applicants must be the owner and occupant of the home as their primary residence and must not have access to a public water supply. For more information about the program, please visit: WTR Editor’s Note: In between print issues, the WWDRTeam prepares an electronic newsletter called E-News Flash . This newsletter is filled with articles not included in our print issue. Based on readership, the two articles on this page tied for the most popular article of the month. Get in on the action and subscribe today at: