The Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Imperial Metals says for the most part the report from the Chief Inspector of Mines into last year’s breach at Mount Polley was bang on.
Steve Robertson says the only part that the company takes issue with is the reference to their inability to properly manage the water.
He says it is unfair to blame Imperial Metals because it was trying to get an adequate discharge permit.
Robertson says it took them 6 years to get a permit that was inadequate and didn’t allow the mine to discharge the amount of water off site that it needed.
He says they had to turn around and apply for another permit immediately upon receiving that first one because the volumes were inadequate.
Robertson says he thinks there needs to be some improvements to the regulatory system surrounding the issuance of permits for mines.
He says the company takes responsibility for the breach but not culpability and on that note, Robertson says they do feel vindicated by the report in that it says Imperial did not violate any regulations or laws.
19 recommendations were made in the report.
Robertson says they established an Independent Engineer Review Panel late in 2014 and had their first meeting early in 2015.