The gold and copper mine shut down since last summer’s catastrophic dam failure near Williams Lake could re-open by the end of the month.
The Vancouver-based owners of Mount Polley have lost money since the tailings pond disaster forced the closure in August.
Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett says it now appears they’ve done everything asked of them to get 370 people back to work.
“They have provided all of the information that the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Energy and Mines has requested. That information is being evaluated and as long as they have provided everything we need, they’ll get a permit to re-open probably by the end of June.”
Bennett says Imperial Metals has spent nearly 70-million dollars cleaning up the damage caused when the dam burst, but much more work must be done.
“They’re doing a good job of cleaning up that mess, but it was a big mess. It’s going to take a long time for them to restore the area to the way it was before this big accident. I’m responsible to ensure that we have the regulations in place to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.”