Code Review

On January 30, 2015 a review of the BC Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in BC (HSRC) was announced by the Minister of Energy and Mines to determine how best to implement the recommendations contained in the Report on Mount Polley Tailings Storage Facility Breach from the Mount Polley Independent Expert Engineering Investigation and Review Panel.

Ministry of Energy & Mines Press Release - January 30, 2015 - Government Takes Action on Independent Panel Recommendations

The mining industry remains one of the safest heavy industries in B.C. and we are proud to operate in a jurisdiction with world leading regulations and policies to ensure the safety of workers, the public and the environment.

MABC values the importance of a regulatory review in response to the unprecedented incident at the Mount Polley Mine in August 2014. An incident of this nature, although extremely rare, emphasizes the continued need for the mining industry to demonstrate our commitment to high standards in the design, construction, operation and management of tailings facilities and all other activities at mine sites. The state of tailings facilities across the province was tested following the incident at the Mount Polley Mine by an order of the Chief Inspector of Mines and no immediate concerns were identified, which points to the unprecedented nature of the event at the Mount Polley Mine.

The Code Review will consist of one core committee and two subcommittees: Code Review committee, Tailings Storage Facility Technical Review subcommittee and Health and Safety Technical Review subcommittee.

On May 29th, 2015, the Chief Inspector of Mines sought nominations for industry representation from MABC for the main committee and two subcommittees. MABC provided nominations to the Chief Inspector on June 15th, 2015.

Letter from the Chief Inspector to MABC re Nominations

A terms of reference and appendices for the Code Review and formation of committees and subcommittees is available:

Code Review Terms of Reference - Final - June 23, 2015

ToR Appendices - Qualifications - Committees & Subcommittees

A public comment period is open and seeking submissions regarding implementation of the Panel recommendations from July 15 - Sept 16, 2015

Public Comment Period on Implementation of Panel Recommendations (until Sept 16, 2015)

On June 24th, 2015, the Minister of Energy and Mines appointed the Code Review Committee under Section 34 of Mines Act.

Ministry of Energy & Mines Press Release & Backgrounders June 24, 2015 - Government appoints Mining Code Review Committee members

The composition and membership of the Code Review Committee, as well as the chairs of the subcommittees, are below:

Code Review Committee:

Al Hoffman, Chief Inspector of Mines (Chair)

Industry: Greg Brouwer, General Manager, Highland Valley Copper, Teck

Industry: Richard Tremblay, General Manager, Gibraltar Mine, Taseko

Union: Randall Gatzka, United Steelworkers Union (USW)

Union: Brett Chapman, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115

First Nations: Nalaine Morin, ArrowBlade Consulting

First Nations: Mark Podlasly, North Pacific Energy and First Nations Energy and Mining Council

Tailings Storage Facility Technical Review Subcommittee:

Harvey McLeod, Principal, Klohn Crippen Berger (Chair)

Health & Safety Technical Review Subcommittee:

Rolly Thorpe, Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines, Health and Safety (Chair)

On July 20th, 2016, a revised section 10 of the HRSC (the tailings portion of the code review) was completed and came into force

Government news release

Revised section 10 of HRSC

On February 28th 2017, the Code Review was completed with both the Health and Safety review and the revised code being published.

Government news release - Feb 28th

Revised HSRC Code


Ministry of Energy & Mines - Code Review Page

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