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Package # VB-S-C-2018 Terrestrial EEM QBE Nomination Closing Date
Title Terrestriam EEM Tender Issue Date TBA
    Bid Closing Date TBA

For more information contact: Dwayne Chiasson
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Contract Scope



    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.  Monitoring targets identified for the terrestrial program include red berries, and red-backed vole. 



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.  

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.  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.

Details on the study design are provided in section 3 of this document.

This contract would begin in 2018 and expire in four years.


3.1       Red Berries

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.  Red berries are harvested and consumed by Inuit and Innu.  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.

Sampling Methodology

Data Collection Methods

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.  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.

QA/QC Sampling Requirements

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.

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.

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.

Metal analysis in tissue will follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for metals in tissues from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).  This method was used during the 2010 Terrestrial EEM program.Reportable detection limits (RDLs) will be communicated to the successful bidder.