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In British Columbia, environmental protection and reclamation is a major component of all mineral exploration and mine development activity. Since 1969 mining companies have been required by law to reclaim all lands disturbed by mining. B.C. was one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to enact mine reclamation legislation, and the first to extend this policy to exploration sites. Mining companies are also required to obtain a reclamation permit and place a security deposit with the Province.doi:10.14288/1.0042207 fatcat:xshxxjhtgrgv7aafqfsgx3n5ky