New environmental report open for public comment

By Doug Collins
August 10, 2017 - 6:59am

KAMLOOPS — New information on the proposed KGHM-Ajax mine project is up on the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office web site for public comment.

The material was posted Tuesday and the comment period will last for the next two months.

There are five documents relating to the project on the site.

The report in essence says the mine project will likely cause adverse effects to First Nations who use the Jacko Lake area, but won't cause environmental harm to Kamloops.

The report says the most serious impacts for First Nations are the SSN's desire to keep Jacko Lake preserved as a cultural and heritage site.

The report says that the list of conditions for construction and operation should be enough to mitigate the impacts of the mine for Kamloops.

The City is still going over the report, but initial indications are that some of the conditions the City was fighting for have been left out of the report.  

The public can go onto either the Provincial Environmental Assessment Office site or the Canadian Environmental Assessment Association site to make their comments.

The City will discuss the matter at next Tuesday's council meeting and the SSN First Nations Group is also likely to have comment today or tomorrow. 

More information can be found at the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office web site-  https://projects.eao.gov.bc.ca/p/ajax-mine/commentperiod/5980d4f84362530...

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