KGHM's Ajax Project
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Environmental Assessment

KGHM Ajax Mining submitted its application for an environmental certificate (Application/EIS) for the Ajax Project to the provincial and federal governments on January 18, 2016.

KAM has contracted an independent consultant to prepare plain language summaries of key chapters in the Application/EIS, which can be found here:

Plain Language Summary Website

We've Listened

We have heard from many of our neighbours in Kamloops who have stated concerns. We have addressed these.

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Project Information

We have put together information on the Ajax Project for those who want to know more about our proposition.

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Let us know of your support for the Ajax Mine in Kamloops. Your information and support is important to us and our efforts.

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With 21st-Century Technology Ajax Will Redefine Mining

In the past, environmental scientists had, at best, a limited role in the mine planning process. Today, mine planning is driven by environmental study, with engineers and environmental scientists working hand-in-hand.

Modern mines carefully place their facilities to reduce impacts, not just to achieve operational efficiency.

Mines used to be built with little, if any, regard for how they were closed. Today, mines are planned from the start so they can be safely and sensitively closed.

Modern mines do not wait to begin reclamation. Reclamation starts right away, with full bonding in place so that funds are always available.

Today, rigorous standards are continually upheld and enforced by regulatory agencies.

Life is Good in Kamloops

Our Commitment to the Air We Share

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Not only will Ajax meet all applicable standards for ambient air quality, we are committed to helping Kamloops meet its airshed management goals.

Ajax is not building a smelter. We will ship “concentrate” (a sand/clay mixture with about 25 per cent copper) in enclosed tanker trucks. To control dust, our ore stockpile will be covered and we will use state-of-the art controls throughout our operations.

Ajax Will Meet Stringent Air Quality Standards

KGHM follows stringent standards regarding atmospheric emissions. Continuous investment in pollutant capture and filtration systems has brought tremendously positive results.

Robust Monitoring and Compliance

Measurements collected by weather stations will check the wind speed and direction as well as the temperature. Monitoring stations are part of the national air quality control system.

Maximized Water Recycling and Zero Discharge

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We are planning to operate a zero-discharge facility,meaning that no waste water will be discharged into the environment.

Less than 0.5 percent of water flowing through Kamloops Lake

The water required for mine operations amounts to less than 0.5% of the flow through Kamloops Lake during the winter low-flow period.

A Vibrant Contribution to Kamloops

Creating Jobs in Kamloops

Mining Creates Good-Paying Family Jobs

We expect to offer approximately 1,200 jobs during the mine’s two-year construction period and approximately 20 years of operations. Additionally, we are committed to hiring our employees locally, while identifying partnership opportunities with various education and training organizations and institutions to ensure the expertise required for our operations will be available.

More Than $500 Million in Estimated Tax Revenue

Creating Jobs in Kamloops

500 Jobs and Tens of Millions in Tax Revenue

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Ajax Project Updates

KGHM Ajax took another important step in the environmental assessment process Friday with the submission of preliminary responses to questions posed by the technical working group charged with studying the proposed Ajax Project’s Application/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The Ajax Project team has been busy over the last several weeks preparing responses to more than 2,700 comments and questions submitted by the working group, which is comprised of members of government and First Nations who have technical expertise in areas related to mining, public health, air quality and the environment. Preliminary answers to questions posed by SLR Consulting — an environmental consultant hired by the City of Kamloops and funded by KGHM Ajax — were included in this package.

It’s important to emphasize that this is not the end of a process, but a continuation of it. KGHM Ajax expects the working group and SLR Consulting will have further questions to pose about specific technical issues once they have had a chance to review our initial responses. This is precisely how the environmental process works. The back-and-forth discussion about the complex science submitted as part of the 18,000-page Application/EIS will be completed prior to the restart of the official decision-making timeline.

The KGHM Ajax team is continuing the work of responding to more than 2,000 questions and comments submitted by the public in the 75-day public comment period that concluded in the spring.
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KGHM Reorganizes Under New Leadership in B.C. and Kamloops

Local Ajax Geologist Chris Wild Named Ajax Project Manager

JUNE 1 — KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. announces today the management of the Ajax Project has been entrusted to a new Chief Executive Officer, Jan Peisert, and a new Project Manager, Chris Wild.

Peisert also now heads up KGHM International Ltd., and is based in Vancouver. He began his work with KGHM in 1995 and has extensive experience in mining management. He has directed, among others, KGHM Polish Copper Ltd. in London. He currently serves on KGHM International’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Directors for the European Copper Institute.

Chris Wild has been with the Ajax Project since December 2013. He has the full faith of Peisert and the KGHM board to move the Ajax Project forward, paying careful consideration to the needs of the local community and First Nations.

Peisert said that KGHM recognizes that the Ajax Project’s success depends on strong, fruitful relationships with the local community and First Nations.

Wild, a geological engineer, grew up in B.C.’s Interior and has lived in Kamloops for many years. He and his wife, Royanna, raised their two children in Kamloops and plan to retire here. Wild is an outdoors enthusiast who spends much of his free time skiing, hiking and camping in the local hills.

“I have the utmost respect and admiration for the people of Kamloops, the ranching community, and local First Nations,” said Wild. "I would not have accepted this position if I did not believe that the Ajax Project could be developed in a respectful and responsible manner.”

KGHM Ajax believes Wild’s appointment will allow the company to build upon and further improve the relationships forged by the company’s prior Project Manager, Clyde Gillespie. Gillespie left his position on Tuesday.

Peisert added that KGHM will continue to advance the Ajax Project at a steady pace. The company will take the time needed, however, to do things right – ensuring there is adequate opportunity for full consultation with local stakeholders and First Nations.

Statement from Chris Wild, Project Manager, KGHM Ajax:

“This has been an eventful week for the Ajax Project.

“We have seen a lot of change in a short time, and I understand this can be unsettling.

“I want to assure our community that KGHM is still firmly committed to completing Ajax. There are often challenges in bringing a major project such as this to fruition, and Ajax is no different.

“This is a good project. It makes sense, and the impacts to the environment and local residents will be minimal.

“My job in the coming weeks and months will be to work hard to reassure my neighbours in Kamloops that Ajax is a viable project, as well as to finish the job of responding to comments and concerns raised during the on-going environmental assessment.

“Some might feel uncertain about the changes we’re making, and I understand that. But good projects take time, and require adjustments along the way. This one is no different. We’re working hard to make sure Ajax is a success.”

— Chris Wild, Project Manager, KGHM Ajax
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