published A Plan of Action for Change,” to provide recommendations for reform of British Columbia’s mining laws.

Of the 69 recommendations, four reference IRMA directly:

  • Require that all mines in BC comply with the IRMA standards, or better, for Waste and Materials Management.
  • Enact measurable and enforceable reclamation criteria that meet or exceed the international standards set in IRMA’s Standard for Responsible Mining.
  • Adopt the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining water management standards as minimum requirements in BC’s mining laws, including full consultation with communities and stakeholders on critical water-related issues, with third party independent reviews.
  • Prohibit mines that are likely to require perpetual water treatment unless the mine meets the exceptional circumstances set out in the IRMA Standard for Responsible Mining.