January 28, 2016 - 2:31 PM
KAMLOOPS - A series of environmental assessment open houses are on the way for the proposed Ajax Mine and the focus will be on four key topics.
The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will be hosting the open houses in cooperation with KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. The company just submitted its 18,000-page application on Jan. 18, moving the project into the 180-day review and 75-day public comment periods.
Open houses will be held Feb. 16 and 17, and March 15 and 16, all at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre. The first two days will offer presentations on air quality, human health, water quality and tailing management.
The consultants who prepared the reports will provide a short overview, about 25 minutes, of key findings during the presentation and then a 20-minute open-mic question and answer period will be held. The presentations will all be held at the same time, in different rooms, and will repeat every hour. Each room has seating for up to 300 people.
Static displays will also be set up, with consultants on hand to answer questions. The static displays will cover other topics as well, including noise and vibrations, socio-economic issues, environmental effects and other project-related questions.
Feb. 16, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Doors open at 4 p.m. First presentations at 4:30 p.m., then again at 5:30 p.m. There will be a one-hour ‘intermission’ to allow attendees to visit static display booths. Presentations will resume again at 7:30 a.m. and then again at 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 17, noon to 6 p.m.
Doors open at noon. First presentations at 12:30 p.m., then again at 1:30 p.m. There will be a one-hour ‘intermission’ to allow attendees to visit static display booths. Presentations will resume again at 3:30 p.m. and then again at 4:30 p.m.
Once the review period is over, the government agencies will decide whether to approve the environmental certificate for the open-pit copper and gold mine. If approved, the mine will operate on the southwest edge of Kamloops near Jacko Lake.
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