If the project is developed there will be changes to the immediate environment; however, Yancoal Canada will be required to meet provincial regulations and best practices in regards to health, safety, and the environment. The province has been a leading potash producer for over 60 years, which means the regulations governing potash developments are stringent, well-established and proven.
If Yancoal Canada cannot demonstrate that they have the ability to meet the provincial requirements a license to construct and/or operate will not be issued by the government.
The environmental assessment review process aims to determine if the project can be safely constructed, operated and decommissioned. The prediction made in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which details the environmental assessment, are based on the proposed mitigation and environmental design features that will be incorporated into the project’s engineering design. The effectiveness of these measures are well defined based on information from the numerous operating mines in Saskatchewan. Current scientific knowledge is then used to assess the potential effects the project could have on the environment. If unacceptable effects are predicted the project design is changed and the project is reassessed until the company is confident the project can be safely build, operated and decommissioned.
To ensure predictions were not underestimated monitoring is conducted. If the monitoring data shows a potential for an effect higher than predicted, adaptive management will be implemented to stop the change before it is a problem.