Information session to run same time as Ajax comment period

KAMLOOPS - City council fought for a public information session that would help people understand the environmental assessment process, as it applies to the proposed Ajax Mine, but this week it was announced we would have to wait a bit longer for that meeting.

With the Environmental Assessment Office approving a new public comment period for the application requirements for the proposed mine, the company behind the mine made some significant changes to the footprint earlier this year, staff at the office decided to push back the open house on the assessment process they were planning for October to later this year.

Council had been asking for both a new public comment period and an information session for a number of months. In September the office turned down the new public comment period but finally agreed to a ‘broad-based public information session’ on the assessment process. It was anticipated that session would take place in October.

After agreeing to a new public comment period earlier this month though, the office now says they plan to have a representative come to Kamloops during the new review period to talk about the process.

Public Works Director Jen Fretz says she has heard November or December as a possible time frame, but nothing has been finalized.

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