CRD Supports Restricted Restart of Mt. Polley Mine
Williams Lake, B.C.- The Cariboo Regional District is calling on the Minister of Energy and Mines and the Minister of Environment to approve a restricted restart of the Mt. Polley Mine.
The mine has not been operating since August 4th of last year when the tailings pond breached, sending millions of cubic meters of tailings sludge down Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake.
A decision on a restricted restart of the mine is expected to be made by mid July.
The CRD has also requested the government to include the Cariboo Regional District and the community of Likely in future discussions regarding the mine and its operations, to share the Emergency Response Plan with First Nations, the Cariboo Regional District, and the community of Likely; and to maintain and expand the role of the Public Liaison Committee to truly gather input from the community.
The Cariboo Regional District Board has been receiving regular updates from the provincial ministries on the restart application and has been provided with the submissions made to government during the public consultation process.