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Parks, Recreation & Culture » Sustainable Kamloops » Environmental Sustainability » Land

Proposed Ajax Mine

Public Comments Invited

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and British Columbia's Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) invite the public to comment on the joint Federal Comprehensive Study / Provincial Assessment Report for the proposed Ajax Mine Project. The joint Report includes the Agency's and the EAO’s conclusions and recommendations regarding the implementation of mitigation measures and whether the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The EAO also invites the public to comment on the potential Conditions, Summary Assessment Report, and Certified Project Description proposed for the provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate.

The proposed Ajax Mine Project is subject to both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and British Columbia's Environmental Assessment Act, and is undergoing a cooperative environmental assessment.

The joint Report and more information are available on the Agency’s website at canada.ca/ceaa (Registry reference number 62225) and the EAO’s website at eao.gov.bc.ca. A French version of the joint Report will be available on the Agency’s website.

Written comments must be submitted by October 10, 2017:

By Email: Ajax@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

By Online Form: eao.gov.bc.ca

By Fax: 250-387-0230

By Mail:

Ajax Mine Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
410-701 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V7Y 1C6

OR

Ajax Mine Project
Environmental Assessment Office
P.O. Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9V1

Comments submitted to either the Agency or the EAO will be considered in both the provincial and federal environmental assessments and may be submitted in either official language.

All submissions received by the Agency and the EAO during this comment period are considered public. They will be posted to the EAO's website and will become part of the Agency's project file. For information on the Agency's privacy policies, consult the Privacy Notice on its web site. For information on the EAO’s privacy policies, consult the Policy on Public Comments on its website.

The joint Federal Comprehensive Study / Provincial Assessment Report and the French version will be available for viewing at the following locations:

Kamloops Library
100 - 465 Victoria Street
Kamloops, British Columbia

City of Kamloops Offices
7 Victoria Street West
Kamloops, British Columbia
**As of Aug 11/17, these have not yet arrived at City Hall.**

As a next step, the federal and provincial governments will each make its environmental assessment decision according to the requirements of its respective legislation.

The Proposed Project
KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. (the proponent) is proposing to construct and operate the Ajax Mine Project, a copper-gold mine near the City of Kamloops, British Columbia. The project is expected to process 65,000 tonnes of ore per day (24 million tonnes per year) for export over a mine life of 23 years.

Background

Visit the Environmental Assessment Office Document Library for all publicly available documents on the proposed KGHM Ajax mine.

» Read more...

June 19, 2017 Public Town Hall Meeting
6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Coast Hotel and Conferencce Centre, 1250 Rogers Way

Public is invited to attend the presentations by Interior Health Authority and SLR Consulting Ltd. of the results of their reviews of the KGHM Ajax Mine Application. The presentations will be followed by a public question period. All questions must wait until the end of both presentations. The City thanks the public in advance for maintaining a respectful and informative meeting.
The meeting will also be live streamed online.

» Technical Peer Review - Proposed Ajax Mine - Final Report
Prepared by SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.

June 22, 2017 Special Council Meeting
9:00 am-12:00 pm
City Hall - Council Chambers

City Council will have the opportunity to ask questions of SLR Consulting Ltd. regarding their review and final report. Please note, although this meeting is open to the public, there is limited seating in Council Chambers. There will be no opportunity for questions from the public at this meeting. Please attend the Town Hall Meeting on June 19, 2017 if you wish to ask questions (questions only, no comments).

July 17, 2017 Regular Council Meeting
10:30 am
City Hall - Council Chambers

City Council will vote on their official response to the BC Environmental Assessment Office regarding the proposed KGHM Ajax mine.

March 23, 2016 Special Council Meeting
Council sought clarification of SLR Consulting Ltd.'s preliminary review of the KGHM Ajax Mining Ltd. and sent a letter to the BC Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency summarizing a number of concerns.
» Letter to Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
» Letter to BC Environmental Assessment Agency

KGHM-Ajax Public Comment Period
The public comment period regarding the Environmental Assessment for the KGHM Ajax mine ends April 11, 2016 (11:59 pm).

Public should provide comments to the Environmental Assessment Office:
Online: ajax.projects.eao.gov.bc.ca
Fax: 250-387-0230
Mail: Environmental Assessment Office
PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9V1
Comments submitted to the EAO are shared with CEAA and considered in both federal and provincial Environmental Assessments.

March 18, 2016 Public Meeting
A public meeting was held at Thompson Rivers University Grand Hall. The following resources were presented.
» 2016 03 18 Ajax Mine Application Review
» 2016 03 18 SLR Consulting Preliminary Findings

Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Ajax Mine Project
KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. (the proponent) is proposing to develop the Ajax Mine Project (the proposed Project), a copper-gold mine located partially within the city of Kamloops, British Columbia (B.C.). The proposed Project has an expected mine life of 23 years with a production capacity of approximately 60,000 tonnes of mineral ore per day.

The proposed Project is subject to review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Act and is undergoing a cooperative environmental assessment process. Please visit the BC Ministry of Environment website for a project description for the proposed Ajax mine.
» See Project Description

Updated Ajax Site Map

Ajax Mine Site Map

Environmental Assessment Process

The Environmental Assessment Process for the proposed Ajax mine is currently underway. The project is currently in the "Application Information Requirements and Application Preparation" sections of the process.

Flow chart
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City's Letters of Inquiry

On July 11, 2011, the City of Kamloops submitted a letter to the Environmental Assessment Office. The letter contained a number of questions related to the proposed project. The City has received a response letter from KGHM. In addition, the City has previously written and received a number of letters which are provided below.

» 2011 07 11 - Initial Letter of Inquiry
» 2012 03 26 - Letter to BC Environmental Assessment Office
» 2012 04 27 - Submission of Public Comments
» 2013 04 13 - KGHM Letter of Response to Mayor/Council
» 2013 05 21 - Golder Associates Comments Exclusion/Inclusion of Air-blast
» 2013 05 31 - Letter to KGHM Request for Vibration Information
» 2013 07 03 - KGHM Response for Vibration Request
» 2013 09 06 - Golder Associates Opinion - Relevance of Air-blast
» 2014 12 22 - Letter to Environmental Assessment Office - Review of Draft Application Information Requirements/Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines


Contact
Sustainability Services
955 Concordia Way
Kamloops BC V2C 6V3
ph 250-828 3461
fx 250-828-3790
email publicworks@kamloops.ca

Note: All correspondence is entered into our system and will be directed accordingly. The City of Kamloops will endeavor to contact you within two business days. Thank you.