In response to two letters (Predicting Hit to Property Values, Increased Taxes From Mine and How Bad Will Dust Be Near Kamloops? (The Daily News, Aug. 20), clearly, there are concerns on the part of some Kamloops residents about the possible impacts of KGHM International’s proposed Ajax copper-gold mine.
KGHM is working to design a mining operation that causes no harm to city residents. “Zero harm” is one of KGHM’s core values, observed and followed at our operations around the world.
We recently announced our intention to evaluate and potentially reconfigure the operational arrangement at the proposed mine site in part to address concerns from the community about the proximity to Kamloops neighbourhoods.
A series of environmental, health and social/economic studies are underway as part of the environmental assessment process that will examine the potential effects of mine operations and propose solutions to mitigate or eliminate impacts.
KGHM will host four community information sessions at Thompson Rivers
University’s Grand Hall from Sept. 9 to 12.
The moderated “open-mike” forums will give people the chance to learn more about those studies and their scope, from the technical experts who are performing the work. Please call the KGHM office at 250-374-5446 to learn more about the sessions.
We hope all who have concerns will take the opportunity to attend one of the sessions and learn more about the research being done to assess potential impacts.
The results of the studies are not yet available, but we believe information about the comprehensive nature of the research underway will assure residents KGHM takes their concerns seriously.
External affairs manager
KGHM International — Ajax project