Unredacted Letter from BC CDC

Posted by Stop Ajax Mine on July 4th, 2013 5:18pm

We have received a copy of the unredacted letter from the BC Centre for Disease Control. The following press release was sent to the media on July 4, 2013.    


July 4, 2013

After a significant amount of hard work, The Kamloops Area Preservation Association (KAPA) has received an unaltered copy of the previously redacted letter dated May 25, 2012 from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) regarding the proposed Ajax Copper-Gold Mine. This letter was obtained after a second attempt under the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act from the Interior Health Authority. The first copy of the letter received by KAPA was approximately 80% redacted.

Interior Health made a request to the BCCDC to provide comment on noise and air dispersion modeling plans for the proposed Ajax mine. The May 25, 2012 BCCDC letter provides comments on these plans.  The Kamloops Area Preservation Association has yet to confirm that the comments made by the BCCDC have been incorporated into the current environmental assessment. A review of the government agency tracking table for the Ajax assessment, released May 22, 2013 on the BC EAO website (http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca/), shows no reference to the BCCDC letter. There is no evidence that these comments were incorporated into any of the six documents that make up the terms of reference of the Ajax mine impact studies.

According to Section 8.3 of the Section 11 Order that established the Ajax environmental assessment (available at http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca/), KGHM must incorporate government agency comments that the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) determines is within the scope of the assessment into what KGHM must study.  This has yet to be determined.

For further information, please contact John Schleiermacher, 250-374-7431.


The unredacted letter can be found here.


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