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Public comment period and open houses announced for Ajax Mine project

January 19, 2016 - 1:59 PM

KAMLOOPS - If you have an opinion or want more information before making up your mind about the proposed Ajax Mine, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is hosting a series of open houses in conjunction with the public comment period on the project application.

The proposed mine has officially submitted its environmental application and the 180-day review period is underway. An extended public comment period was approved for the project and will take place from Jan. 26 to April 11.

Four information sessions will also be hosted by the agency during that time, two in February and two in March. Information on the project and the assessment process will be available and representatives from the provincial and federal assessment agencies as well as KGHM Ajax Mining will be on hand.

Comments can be submitted directly to either assessment agency and only need to be submitted once to be considered in both assessment processes. Information on how to submit written comments can be found on the federal website

The full 18,000-page application can be found online and KGHM has provided plain language summaries as well. Those summaries can be found online, at the Kamloops KGHM office on Seymour Street or at either Kamloops library.

Open houses will be held at the Coast Hotel on Rogers Way the following days:

  • Feb. 16, 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Feb. 17, noon to 6 p.m.
  • March15, 2 to 8 p.m.
  • March 16, 2 to 8 p.m.

The City of Kamloops is also planning a series of information and public engagement sessions to help aid in its review of the application.

If approved, the open-pit copper and gold mine will operate immediately southwest of Kamloops and is expected to employ thousands of people over the course of construction and operations.

For more articles on the proposed mine, click here.

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

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