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UPDATE: Input on information requirements for Ajax extended

Input on the information required to be submitted by KGHM for the proposed Ajax Mine closes this week.
December 20, 2014 - 9:56 PM

KAMLOOPS - The public has been given a couple more days to comment and provide feedback on the proposed Ajax Mine and what information the company needs to submit in its application.

After significant changes were made to the footprint of the proposed mine in the spring the provincial government decided there should be another look at the application information requirements for the project.

A public information session was held at the end of November to give people a better idea of the environmental application process and how it specifically applies to the mine. Members of both the provincial and federal assessment branches were on hand to answer questions, along with staff from KGHM Ajax Mining.

More than 800 people attended the sessions, many with questions about the tailings storage, air quality and potential health impacts.

The company must submit a report outlining what information will be required when submitting their application for the project. The original requirements got the nod of approval in June 2013 and KGHM planned on submitting its application by the fall.

After further studies the company decided to delay the application and this spring unveiled a new footprint for the project. They now plan on submitting their application in Spring 2015. If the application is approved there will be a six-month feedback session that will include another public comment period.

People wishing to comment on the information requirements can submit feedback through an online form, mail or fax by Dec. 22. The comment period was originally scheduled to run from Nov. 18 through Dec. 18.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 9:42 p.m., Dec. 20 with the input extension. 

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