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Karen Béchard to Co-Chair Session on Mining at the SETAC North America 42nd Annual Meeting

Karen Béchard, (Ontario) will be presenting "Mining - Innovative Approaches to Monitoring, Assessing and Remediating Contaminants of Concern at Mine Sites" at the SETAC North America 42nd Annual Meeting at the Portland Convention Center in Portland, Oregon on November 14-18, 2021.

Karen's co-presenter is Guy Gilron of Borealis Environmental Consulting.

Karen Béchard is a Project Scientist and Qualified Person for Risk Assessment (in Ontario) with experience in mining, risk assessment, sediment remediation and treatability studies. She is passionate about mine water remediation, sediment remediation including the evaluation of amendment performance under site specific conditions, and groundwater remediation. She excels at managing multi-disciplinary teams and strives to connect innovative science solutions to remedial applications in response to real-world needs. Her risk assessment experience includes pre-mining screening level risk assessment, numerous human health risk assessments (under various federal, state/provincial programs) and screening-level ecological risk assessments including the development of site-specific standards. She has also conducted applied toxicological research, authored toxicology-focused literature reviews and assisted with specific remediation-technology reviews.

SETAC is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization comprised of about 5,300 individuals and institutions in over 90 countries dedicated to the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, research and development, and environmental education. Their mission is to support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.


Mining is a billion-dollar industry across North America, responsible for the extraction and production of metals, industrial minerals, and coal, which is anticipated to grow significantly due to rising demands for mineral-based products, the green economy, COVID-19 medical supply demands, and the development of large economies, such as China and India. Regulations on this industry, and specifically on mine effluents, are becoming increasingly more stringent; moreover, environmental social governance is a high priority for the industry. Due to these pressures, mining companies are actively involved in research and implementation of sustainable solutions to conscientiously minimize adverse effects to the environment and protect sensitive ecosystems. As a result, mining companies are often leading the science in applying innovative monitoring, assessment, predictive modeling and remediation/restoration tools that are measurably beneficial. This session invites submissions on novel, or enhanced methods, techniques, or technologies that have been applied in the mining sector, to address various environmental challenges specific to the sector.

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