B.C. grants conditional permit for mine
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.