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Tailings Management Through Nano Technologies

Strategic Area

Mining - Technology and Innovation
Water use and impacts on aquatic ecosystems




Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek
Biinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishinaabek First Nation
Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek
Grand Council Treaty 3
MaRS Discovery District
Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre
Ontario Ministry of Energy, Mines and Northern Development
Resolute Forest Products
Trent University
Wabaseemoong Independent Nations


Clean Growth Program



CGP Contribution

$ 3,147,270

Project Total

$ 5,230,636


Fort McMurray, Alberta
Peterborough, Ontario
Northwestern Ontario

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Lead Proponent

Carbonix Inc.

Project Objectives

The main objective of this project is to pilot the production and efficacy of tailored activated carbons produced from sustainably sourced feedstocks such as petroleum coke and waste wood. These specialty products are designed to competitively capture contaminants of concerns from various industrial effluent streams and mine tailings.  The project will also analyze dosing and dispersal methods for most effective and efficient target adsorbate capture.

Expected Results

It is expected that these R&D activities will lead to lower waste water emissions from natural resource extraction operations, thereby accelerating and improving remediation activities.

Anticipated Environmental Benefits: This project is anticipated to accelerate the return of resource extraction process waters back to the natural environment, while reducing water usage, accelerate closure and land restoration activities related to tailings management in the oil sands and hard rock mining industry.

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