In July 2009, Vale NL began construction of a $ 2.17 billion nickel refinery in Long Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador. The refinery would be through the creation of economic wealth from 1.600 to 2.000 jobs during the construction phase and 400-500 permanent jobs in an area with high unemployment. The project environmental assessment process began in 2006 and the company had successfully completed the required environmental impact assessments for the government. A bigger problem was the disposal of residues from the r … Read more »

In July 2009, Vale NL began construction of a $ 2.17 billion nickel refinery in Long Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador. The refinery would be through the creation of economic wealth from 1.600 to 2.000 jobs during the construction phase and 400-500 permanent jobs in an area with high unemployment. The project environmental assessment process began in 2006 and the company had successfully completed the required environmental impact assessments for the government. A bigger problem was the disposal of residues from the refinery and the best solution was to store it in a natural lake known as Sandy Pond. Members of several environmental organizations had to use the lake as a “tailings impoundment area” over and formed the Sandy Pond Alliance for the Protection of Canadian Waters (SPA). The use of natural lakes could, but SPA assumed that the scheme, which allows the use was incompatible with environmental legislation. SPA had to decide how the use of tailings ponds in Long Harbour and elsewhere in Canada, and who challenge them specifically in their efforts. Instead designed as a management decision-making practice, this case provides students in the position of environmentalists, as they decide to initiate that procedure.
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Robert W. Sexty,
Natalie Slawinski,
Kristen C. Baker
Source: North American Case Research Association (NACRA)
19 pages.
Release Date: 1 October 2013. Prod #: NA0223-PDF-ENG
Do not just dump it: Saving Sandy Pond HBR case solution

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