Impact on the use of the neighbouring areas and the sources of livelihood
Vaikutukset paikallisiin elinkeinoihin: No mining is carried out in the reindeer management area. The municipality, inhabitants of neighbouring areas, land owners, professional fishermen, tourism entrepreneurs and environmental organisations are taken into consideration in the company’s stakeholder collaboration. Some local fishermen report that they have trouble selling their catch due to image degradation.
Vaikutukset lähialueen virkistyskäyttöön:
Due to sulphate load, higher than expected during the ownership of the previous operator of the mine, a leak from the gypsum sediment pond in 2012, and several occasions in which effluent, cleaned in accordance with the environmental permit, was discharged into waterways, the image of the cleanliness of waterways located immediately downstream of the mine has suffered damage. According to the recommendation of the regional health authority, the water of the five lakes and one river located in the mining concession or in its immediately vicinity within a radius of five to seven kilometres should only be used in sauna or household consumption. This restriction on use has given rise to considerable uncertainty among the people living in the vicinity of the mine, though the waterways located outside the restriction area can be used normally and without risk. The company provides people who have summer cottages along the waterways in the restriction area with water for washing and sauna bathing.
After the mining operations are terminated, the area will be landscaped and, while the mine is still in operation, the company will comply with the terms of the environmental permit regarding the disposal of leached ore and waste rock. The area also attracts visitors: the industrial landscape of the area has been portrayed both in films and literature.
Interaction with stakeholders
- The mine has arranged evening meetings, information meetings, family days and open-door days, and company representatives have toured the province providing information. Excluding the above-mentioned events, the company meets 2,500 to 4,000 local people on average annually at various meetings.
- The company has a group text message arrangement in place for the people living in the vicinity of the mine for providing information in exceptional situations. Similarly, the company has a text message system for its own staff and contractors operating in the area. While the text message system that the mine has in place should not be confused with information that the authorities provide in exceptional situations, it can be used to support such information provision with the authorisation of authorities.
- The company’s personnel magazine is distributed to contractors on a monthly basis; this magazine also includes information of interest to them. Regular meetings in which safety and other topical issues are discussed are arranged for key contractors. The company has supported local sports and leisure activities.
A channel is available for stakeholders to submit feedback, and practices are in place for processing it.
Tutkimus- ja yhteistyöhankkeet:
While Terrafame Group Oyj was not involved in any significant degree in research and collaborative projects in 2015 due to the brief period that it was in operation that year, it is actively searching for water treatment solutions to be implemented in pilot projects in order to find long-term solutions for the water situation at the mine.
Before the bankruptcy in 2014, the owner of the mine at the time had conducted, on an annual basis, a query/survey of the stakeholders’ attitudes and opinions regarding the mine. However, no such query was conducted last year.