The owners of the gold and copper mine involved in last summer’s tailings pond disaster have been given ‘conditional’ permission to resume operations at Mount Polley.
Production is not expected to start until next month, but when it does, up to 220 employees will have their jobs back.
The company’s expected to operate at half the rate it was at before the August collapse and the tailings pond will not be in use.
Conditions set by the provincial government include having a long-term water treatment and discharge plan in place by the end of June.
Imperial Metals has also been ordered to pay an extra six-million dollar reclamation security and government inspectors will be onsite during the initial start-up period to make sure no rules are being broken.
The owners have already spend sixty-seven million dollars on remediation.
The Chief Inspector of Mines’ independent investigation is expected to be completed soon.
The collapse sent twenty-four million cubic metres of silt and water into nearby streams and lakes.