Upper Hazeltine Creek in July 2018, almost four years after the Mount Polley Mine breach. Imperial Metals and Mount Polley are hosting an information update meeting Friday, Dec. 14 in Williams Lake. Mount Polley Mine photo

Upper Hazeltine Creek in July 2018, almost four years after the Mount Polley Mine breach. Imperial Metals and Mount Polley are hosting an information update meeting Friday, Dec. 14 in Williams Lake. Mount Polley Mine photo

Mount Polley hosting public information meeting in Williams Lake Friday

Representatives from Mount Polley and Golder Associates will be there to give updates

Mount Polley Mining Corporation is hosting public meetings this week to give the public an update on its continued remediation work from the 2014 tailings impoundment breach.

Steve Monninger, environmental superintendent at the mine, said the meeting in Williams Lake will take place Friday, Dec. 14 in the lower level at the Royal Canadian Legion beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“We will be giving general updates on the mine, what’s going on in terms of operations, employment-wise, etc.,” he told the Tribune.

“We will also be talking about some of the work we’ve done on the breach.”

There will also be an overview of the conceptual remediation plan document which includes studies that have been done and the results of the studies, Monninger added.

“We will talk about how the data from those studies is leading to the things we are doing now and will be doing in the future.”

Read more: Progress made on remediation at Mount Polley

Lee Nikl, from Golder Associates, will be presenting the conceptual plan, Monninger said.

There are also community meetings being held in Quesnel, Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Likely on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Monninger was hired just over a year ago and said he lives in Likely, which works out because he loves to fish and is in a “good spot for fishing.”

So far the mine site a has not received very much snow, he added.

“We had some and it all melted, and there is hardly any on the ground at the mine site now. November was wet, but it has been dry so far this month.”

In September, Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia announced that disciplinary hearings will take place in 2019 for three people in relation to the breach.

Read more: Disciplinary hearings announced regarding Mount Polley Mine breach



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