Councillor to ask province for more time to look at Ajax application

Last fall hundreds of people attended information sessions on the environmental assessment process and how it applies to the proposed Ajax Mine.

KAMLOOPS - A request for more time to study and provide input on the environmental application for the proposed Ajax Mine will go before council later this month.

Coun. Donovan Cavers will be asking council to send a letter to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office requesting the 75-day public comment period on the Ajax proposal not happen at the beginning of the 180-day review period.

He feels the public must be given fair opportunity to review and comment on the document, as it is expected to be quite lengthy.

The proposed Ajax Mine is currently in the pre-application process and KGHM is expected to submit it's application within the next couple of months. If the documentation is accepted, the project will enter into the 180-day application review stage. Cavers objects to the first 70 of these days also being allotted for public comment and would rather see the comment period come later in the review.

In the second part of the motion, Cavers will also ask the city be notified immediately when Ajax's formal application is received by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office.

His motion will go before council at the next regular council meeting later this month.

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— This story was updated at 5:14 p.m., April 15, to correct the requested timelines.

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