CP  – B.C. government rejects environmental certificate for Ajax gold and copper mine

VICTORIA – British Columbia will not issue an environmental assessment certificate for a proposed open-pit gold and copper mine near Kamloops, ending years of controversy among residents. Environment Minister George Heyman said the potential for significant adverse effects of the Ajax mine included poor air quality and risk to human health.

He said impacts on Indigenous heritage, grasslands and a lake meant the risks outweighed the potential benefits. Heyman said he and Mines Minister Michelle Mungall noted significant adverse effects, 21 of which were of a moderate to high magnitude, in their decision to reject a certificate.

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