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Package # VB-S-C-2018 Terrestrial EEM QBE Nomination Closing Date February-06-18
Title Terrestriam EEM Tender Issue Date February-10-18
    Bid Closing Date April-24-18

For more information contact: Dwayne Chiasson
709-896-6426
709-752-3459
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Contract Scope

<ol style="list-style-type: decimal; direction: ltr;"><li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-weight: bold;"><p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0in; margin-bottom: 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list -580.5pt;"><strong><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'>INTRODUCTION</span></strong></p><p style="'text-align:" justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0in; margin-bottom: 0pt;'><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'> </span></p><p style="'text-align:" justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0in; margin-bottom: 0pt;'><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'>Vale Newfoundland & Labrador Limited (VNL) is committed to implementing an Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) Program associated with its Mine and Concentrator operation, and to that end has prepared an EEM Plan that has been approved by the provincial Minister of Environment and Conversation.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>Monitoring targets identified for the terrestrial program include red berries, and red-backed vole.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span></span></p><p style="'text-align:" justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 0in; margin-bottom: 0pt;'><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'> </span></p></li></ol><h1 style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt 0.25in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1;"><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;' style="mso-list: Ignore;"><font size="3">2.</font><span style="'font:" 7pt/normal "Times New Roman"; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal;'>    </span></span><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'><font size="3">SCOPE OF WORK</font></span></h1><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'><font size="3">This Request for Proposals (RFPs) describes the scope of work required to address Terrestrial Monitoring for 2018 and 2020 as identified in the Vale Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) Plan.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">   </span></font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'><font size="3">This scope of work is based on the study design, methodology and the schedule identified in the EEM Plan to conduct field survey data collection for red berries and red-backed voles.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span></font><font size="3">At a minimum, the consultant request for proposal must address these in the RFP document in addition to provision of relevant experience and expertise of all study members, and identification of local aboriginal involvement in the study.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'><font size="3">Details on the study design are provided in section 3 of this document.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'><font size="3">This contract would begin in 2018 and expire in four years.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><strong><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'></span></strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><strong><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'></span></strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><strong><span lang="EN-CA" style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN-CA;'><font size="3">3.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span></font><font size="3">SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FROM VNL ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS MONITORING PROGRAM</font></span></strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'></span></strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: windowtext; font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Arial">3.1<span style="mso-tab-count: 1;">       </span>Red Berries</font></span></strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font face="Arial">The monitoring program will involve field collection of red berry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) samples to provide detailed background levels for metals in vegetation and to determine natural variability in these values.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>Red berries are harvested and consumed by Inuit and Innu.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span>As well, the berries are consumed by various grazing species of land mammals. The plant occurs within the Project area, commonly on exposed hills which could be expected to be subject to dust fall from mine and mill operations. Consequently, this plant is a suitable monitoring target.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'></span></p><p><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><br /> </span></strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'><font size="3">Sampling Methodology </font></span></strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'><font size="3">Data Collection Methods</font></span></strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'><font size="3">Collection methods for red berries shall be outlined in the RFP by the consultant and be consistent with standard field methods used for vegetation collection for the purpose of metals analysis.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span></font><font size="3">Berries will be hand-collected (protective latex or non-latex gloves separately worn for each sample). The berries from single bushes will be collected, packaged and labeled as discrete samples. Collected berries will be unwashed. Sample collection should occur on dry days, with no precipitation for at least two days.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><strong><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'><font size="3">QA/QC Sampling Requirements</font></span></strong></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'><font size="3">Quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) will include the collection of quality control samples at a minimum total frequency of 10%. Quality control samples will include field replicates, laboratory replicates, matrix spikes and (if available) certified reference materials.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'><font size="3">Thorough data quality assessment (DQA) will be performed on all data collected under the monitoring program in order to communicate the level of confidence associated with the results. </font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'><font size="3">Field-based QA/QC activities will include the use of standardized waterproof data sheets, detailed field notebooks, photo-documentation, data management (e.g., photocopying for backup) and the use of standard operating procedures.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'><font size="3">Metal analysis in tissue will follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for metals in tissues from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">  </span></font><font size="3">This method was used during the 2010 Terrestrial EEM program.</font><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"></span><font size="3">Reportable detection limits (RDLs) will be communicated to the successful bidder.</font></span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="'font-family:" "Arial","sans-serif";'></span></p><p><br /></p>