Initiatives to reduce environmental impact at belmont
Belmont adopts strict monitoring parameters throughout the production process, ensuring that there will be no impact on the environment without appropriate measures.
The Company has a number of environmental control programs:
Belmont understands that the orderly planning of actions is essential to the sustainable use of natural resources. For this reason, the Company has been carrying out for years the Wild Fauna Monitoring Program in order to survey, monitor, identify and measure the outcomes of mining on the local fauna.
Monitoring liquid effluents and surface water
The company adopts an effluent control program in its mines, to properly treat and dispose the liquid effluents, mainly oily, sanitary and industrial in accordance with the most recent regulations.
Solid waste Management
The Solid Waste Management Program – known in Belmont as “PGRS” covers everything from the generation to the final destination of waste. The company is committed to the management of the waste generated, seeking the best solutions for the disposal of its waste.
Controlled disposal of sterile waste
Belmont’s Sterile Waste Pile, also known as PDE, is developed respecting all the technical guidelines of the mining project. In addition, the pile is systematically and rigorously monitored in order to maintain suitable geotechnical and environmental conditions.
The PDE also has internal and surface drainage systems, as well applied methods for revegetation and reintegration to the landscape.
Rational development of the mine
The development of the Belmont mine takes place pragmatically, following the best engineering techniques available, following careful planning and high technical expertise.
In open-pit mining, the operation takes place in a descending manner, in benches with a previously defined regular geometry, which results in perfectly stable slopes, with the maximum use of material (ore), the smallest generation of waste possible, and safe for machine and equipment operators.
As for the underground mine, galleries are planned in “chambers and pillars” and “cutting and filling”. In the first case, it leaves pre-established portions of rock to act as support, and in the second case, filling the voids with sterile material.
Rational use of water
Water is one of the most valuable resources in the environment and Belmont understands it must be used rationally.
The company has a number of measures for the rational use of water such as: the reuse of water pumped from the Emerald Underground Mine; monitoring water pipes to prevent leaks; preventive and corrective maintenance of water pumps, in addition to raising awareness/education of its employees through lectures, events and workshops on water consumption and its rational use.
Monitoring and maintenance of the drainage system
The Belmont mine has a drainage system throughout its operational area. Systematic maintenance of this system is performed through monitoring, clearing of channels, and the removal of sediments to reestablish the capacity of the basins.
Control of atmospheric effluents
In order to ensure air quality Belmont controls the emission of atmospheric effluents through the minimization of dust on unpaved roads, especially in areas where trucks are moved to load ore and/or waste with the water truck; Minimization of smoke emissions from diesel engines, through periodic maintenance of equipment; and enclosure of areas during emerald processing.
Control of noise and vibration levels
Belmont continuously monitor its emission of noise and vibration to only operate within the limits established by the legislation.
Removal of any vegetation relevant in the mining process requires an authorization granted by a competent government body. Only with the proper authorization in hand, the suppression may be carried out, gradually, allowing a timely displacement of flora and fauna to the neighboring areas. Any removal of vegetation in Belmont is carried out in a planned manner, under the supervision of qualified professionals, so that the trees to be removed do not affect the vegetation that will be preserved.
Belmont is committed to rescuing the local flora by collecting seeds from their place of origin to later be replanted in an ecologically similar area.