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Got questions about the Ajax Mine? Get them ready

September 15, 2015 - 6:23 PM

KAMLOOPS - The city will kick off its own information gathering session about the proposed Ajax Mine with a town hall meeting later this month and you are invited to take part.

The City of Kamloops will meet to give direction to its consultants at the Coast Hotel’s Conference Centre from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, and will take questions from the public to ensure all important aspects are covered.

Ajax parent company, KGHM International, recently submitted its environmental application to the province’s Environmental Assessment Office, which should turn months of speculation into solid information about the proposed copper and gold mine just southwest of Kamloops.

Provincial and federal governments will decide the fate of the mine but the city is hiring its own consultant to answer local concerns and assess the accuracy of technical information in the application.

The meeting will start with questions about the Ajax application that the consultant will investigate. The public will have the opportunity to ask further questions. Anyone wishing to speak will be given three minutes at a podium.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting can submit a 500-word letter to the city’s website between Sept. 29 and Oct. 2.

A series of meetings and workshops will follow this initial open house. Council will eventually provide an official formal response to the assessment office.

KGHM agreed to pay for the city’s consulting fees. Mayor Peter Milobar said in council today, Sept. 15, that the mining company had recently sent the city a cheque for $300,000; the total cost of the consultants.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Dana Reynolds at or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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