City consultant releases final report on proposed Ajax mine

By James Peters
June 13, 2017 - 11:00am Updated: June 13, 2017 - 12:24pm

KAMLOOPS — The City of Kamloops-contracted consultant has released its final report after its review of the KGHM-Ajax mine application.

In the report, SLR Consulting says its findings are consistent with the mine application in such areas as acoustics and vibration, aquatic environments and species, and municipal infrastructure.

However, SLR takes issue with several other KGHM conclusions, including air quality, human health, water quality and socio-economic impacts.

When it comes to air quality, the report expresses doubt that KGHM can achieve its projected 90 per cent dust mitigation commitment, and notes dust in the air around the mine would rise significantly even if mitigation drops to 80 per cent.

The SLR report also notes human health impacts are downplayed in the application, including when it comes to inhalation of PM-2.5, metals in dust, and diesel fumes.

As for nearby property values, SLR says it has low confidence that there will be no "significant adverse effects."

Kamloops council has scheduled a special meeting to discuss the report Monday evening, June 19.

It will also include a presentation from Interior Health, and will allow time for the public to ask questions.

INTERACTIVE: Read the full report below 

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