Natural Resources Canada explores biofuels from asbestos mine waste

November 17, 2010 |

In Canada, Natural Resources Canada is exploring biofuel production from asbestos mining tailings in south-central Quebec. As part of the federal government’s $8-million green mining initiative, which aims to improve the sector’s environmental performance and create green economic opportunities, two feasibility studies will look at the Thetford Mines.

One study will assess the fertility of the mounds, while the other will identify minerals of “economic interest” still locked inside. Briefing documents reported upon by Canadian Press show the government is mulling a third project to convert the waste sites into agricultural land for biofuel crops. But the internal lab report stresses that more scientific information is needed before any vegetation projects can proceed.

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