KGHM Ajax still weeks away from submitting last of information to government agencies

KAMLOOPS - The proposed Ajax Mine application is at least a couple weeks away from restarting.

Despite rumours a restart is happening any day, KGHM Ajax is still working on submitting information required for the proposed mine's environmental application, according to spokesperson Yves Lacasse. The mining company should have everything to the provincial and federal environmental assessment offices within the next couple of weeks.

“We still have information to be submitted which should be done soon,” he says in an email. “In terms of when the suspension will be lifted, this is out of our control.”

The assessment offices will determine a restart date once they have collected the information.

The mine application has been temporarily suspended for more than 10 months now while the mining company collected additional information to respond to comments from Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc, the technical working group reviewing the application and the public.

Kamloops city council is currently waiting for the restart of the application before making a decision on whether to submit a later of support or opposition on the mine. The city and mining company have recently reengaged in community benefit negotiations as well.

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