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Ottawa firm lands $2.5M enviro services contract for mine sites

Ottawa-based Cleantech company devises solutions to complex environmental issues

OTTAWA—Ottawa-based cleantech company BluMetric Environmental Inc. has landed more than $2.5 million in contracts to provide environmental engineering services to an unnamed “major” mining company with sites in northern Ontario.

The company already provides mine site remedial options analysis for mining giant Vale S.A., undertaking groundwater characterization studies of 16 mine sites and mine processing sites in Ontario. Bluemetric has not indicated that Vale is the client in this contract.

Blumetric’s professional services division WESA will conduct airborne geophysical surveying and hydrological and hydrogeological numerical flow modeling to identify and recommend a surface water and groundwater strategy to the major mining client.

“These new contracts represent a continuation of WESA’s long history of working successfully with mining companies, providing progressive environmental engineering solutions,” said Nell van Walsum, president of BluMetric’s Professional Services Division. “We have been focused on expanding our service offering and applying technologies, such as remote sensing and advanced modeling techniques, that have enabled us to broaden our usefulness to our valued clients in this sector and others.”

BluMetric in mid-November appointed its chief corporate development officer and director Roger Woeller as caretaker CEO while current chief executive Bill Touzel addressed “personal matters.”

In mid-November 2012 Bluemetric acquired WESA in a $1-million reverse takeover.

BluMetric is a cleantech company that devises solutions to complex environmental issues in many industrial sectors and at all levels of government, in Canada and abroad.

According to a 2005 Ontario Auditor General’s report, at least 4,000 of the at least 5,700 abandoned mines in Ontario may be hazardous to public health and safety. Some 250 of these sites were acknowledged to pose an environmental risk due to potential leaching of minerals and other contaminants from mine tailings.

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