In regard with Oyu Tolgoi project, the Oyu Tolgoi LLC is conducting the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Management Plan and its implementation in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations in Mongolia. The company has implemented ISO14001, Environmental Management Systems, and OHSAS 18001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. Oyu Tolgoi project uses groundwater from Gunii Khooloi aquifer, which has been explored by OT since 2003. The Gunii Khooloi aquifer is located 35-70 km north of the license area. The Oyu Tolgoi’s Concentrator currently recycles about 87 percent of technological water consumption.
The project implementing company pays the groundwater consumption charge to the local government, based on the Ecological and Economic Assessment of the water resources of the Galba-Uush Dolood Basin, according to the Natural Resource Use Fee law. Furthermore, the Oyu Tolgoi is implementing a Participatory Environmental Monitoring program to ensure community participation in their environmental monitoring to identify impacts on herders’ wells and springs as a source of water for local communities, as well as other environmental monitoring activities.