Both the construction and operational phases of the project will generate significant volumes of mine reject material, so we have to consider how this will be reused or considerately disposed of so that it does not compromise the environment.
Handling of reject is key to our plans and we are investigating many options, such as how to recycle the reject arising from construction excavations (e.g. as a way of creating the levels required in the plant design) or how to use by-product for permitted local reinstatement schemes. Crushed rock material will be transported by rail in MJA box wagons (78.6t and 14m long each), south to a quarry near Barrow where it will be recycled and sold as bulk inert fill material.
We aim to have no water discharged to the environment, with the only discharges being waste water from the offices, canteen and shower facilities to the mains sewer.
Also key is challenging ourselves to reduce the creation of waste wherever possible so that this also reduces off-site disposal and its associated environmental impacts, notably through road transport.
The Environmental Statement being prepared throughout much of this year will show how we plan to address this important issue, and this will be communicated when available.