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City's independent review of proposed Ajax mine to be released soon

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May 31, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS – The public is inching closer to learning the what the City of Kamloops' official stance on the proposed KGHM Ajax mine will be.

The City's independent review of the mine will be posted online in less than two weeks, and council's official stance will come at a meeting on July 17.

The report will be about 80 pages long and available on the City of Kamloops website June 13, Jen Fretz with the public works deparment says.

"The intention is for people to read through the report and come up with questions before they hear the presentation on June 19," Fretz says. "It's meant to give a technical understanding of the application review. But I don't think it's so technical that people won't understand it." 

SLR Consulting was hired by the City to complete an independent review of the proposed open-pit mine. The group will present its findings in a town hall meeting on Monday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre.

This meeting is a chance for the public to ask SLR Consulting about the assessment process, not a time to share a stance on the proposed mine, Deputy Mayor Arjun Singh said at the last council meeting. 

“We want to avoid the back and forth advocacy and avoid damaging criticism that isn’t welcome,” Singh said.

On Thursday June 22, council meets from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for more presentations. Members of the public can sit in the gallery, but cannot comment.

The City will share its official stance on Ajax on Monday, July 17 at a special council meeting.

Get caught up on on the proposed Ajax mine here.

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