KGHM Ajax Application will be released January 4.

Posted by Stop Ajax Mine on December 2nd, 2015 10:17am

The BC Environmental Assessment Office has screened the Application for completeness. It has asked KGHM Ajax to provide more information in the final document. On January 4, 2016, the 18,000 page application will be released online to the public. It will include plain language summaries of the various studies.

At that time a 75 day Public Comment Period will be held, along with information sessions by federal and provincial assessment agencies, KGHM Ajax and the City of Kamloops.

Kamloops Area Preservation Association is hiring experts, using crowdfunding donations, to review portions of the Application, looking particularly for deficiencies in the Application and identifying those areas where recommendations or conclusions are weak or unsubstantiated.

To that end, we have prioritized the area of risk to human health, and contracted with Dr. Ken Froese and Marla Orenstein to critique the application when it is released to the public.

Dr. Ken Froese (PhD, PChem) is an environmental health scientist and owner of GatePost Risk Analysis. He has more than 20 years of experience in environmental chemistry and environmental health both in academia and in consulting practice. He is extensively experienced in all aspects of human health risk assessments. Dr. Froese specializes in applying a risk based systems approach to connect quantitative and qualitative issues of environmental health with community wellbeing.

Marla Orenstein (MSc) is an epidemiologist and president of Habitat Health Impact Consulting. She works with decision-makers in business, government and academia to assess the health of communities. She examines factors that influence community health, and assesses how social, economic or physical change might impact the health of citizens.

The major deliverable for the contract with Dr. Froese and Ms Orenstein is a report that will form the basis of questions to the EAO and will also be submitted as part of the official EAO record of public input. Our financial arrangements with the consultants will deplete the crowdfunding monies.
We also want you to know that other experts in other aspects of the Ajax application have also agreed to contribute their time and expertise to help in the process of reviewing the Application. Through these experts we also expect to have identified areas of concern with respect to air quality, water quality, financial issues, geotechnical issues, wet tailings risk management, socio economic and anthropological issues.

Thank you again to all of you who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign !


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