B.C. grants con­di­tional per­mit for mine

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

VIC­TO­RIA - The Bri­tish Columbia gov­ern­ment has is­sued a con­di­tional per­mit al­low­ing the Mount Pol­ley mine to re­open, but with re­stric­tions. Mines Min­is­ter Bill Ben­nett says the per­mit is the first of three steps the mine must meet be­fore be­ing au­tho­rized to op­er­ate fully. He says Mount Pol­ley Mine Corp. must sub­mit a longterm wa­ter treat­ment and dis­charge plan to the gov­ern­ment by next June. The tail­ings dam at the cen­tral B.C. mine breached last Au­gust, and 24 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of mine waste and wa­ter gushed into area lakes and wa­ter­ways.

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