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Ajax won't pay remainder of City of Kamloops consultant bill

October 21, 2016 - 5:22 PM

KAMLOOPS - The company behind the proposed Ajax Mine will not continue its funding of the city’s independent consultant, leaving the city holding the bill for up to $200,000.

The city will have to pay for the continued use of the consultant out of the budget. KGHM Ajax agreed to pay for the initial $300,000 in 2015, but with the temporary suspension of the environmental application, costs are rising past that amount.

On Oct. 4 council agreed to ask the mining company to continue to fund the consultant, while at the same time agreeing to add $200,000 to the budget for the consultant.

In a letter back to the city the proposed mine’s project manager Chris Wild writes the company has already given the city $300,000 and will not cover the new consultant costs. That leaves the city on the hook consultant cost up to $200,000, if it’s needed.

In a separate letter to the city, Wild says all required information will be provided to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Officewhich is organizing the review, for the assessment of the mine “later this year.” He does not say when the temporary suspension of the assessment may lift.

Find past stories on the proposed Ajax mine here.

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