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Community groups want another Ajax Mine public comment period

The site of the proposed Ajax Mine.
June 07, 2016 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A letter from 14 community groups is asking the federal and provincial governments to hold another round of public comments for the proposed Ajax Mine.

The member organizations of the Community Advisory Group are asking for an extension of the public comment period due to issues in the KGHM Ajax Mining environmental assesment application. They address the letter, dated May 17, to the federal and provincial environment ministers. It was also sent to local politicians and staff at the federal and provincial environmental assessment offices.

They cite a variety of issues with KGHM Ajax’s environmental application including: “incomplete or missing data, use of outdated terminology, use of proprietary or outdated software, erroneous use of measuring scales, conclusions drawn without supporting evidence” and missing documents.

The letter states the public should have another chance to comment on the proposed mine once these problems are resolved. The original public comment period on the environmental assessment application ended April 11.

The advisory group has been concerned about information from the mining company for several years already.

The proposed copper and gold mine’s environmental assessment is temporarily suspended by the provincial environmental assessment office while information sought by the technical working group and consultants is collected. The mining company is aiming to be back on track in the fall after staffing changes over the past two weeks.

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