February 9, 2004

Omya commits to work with MOE on review of permit to take water process

PERTH, ONT-Omya (Canada) says it will work together with the Ministry of Environment (MOE) over the next year in its review of the approvals process for permits to take water (PTTWs). The company was directly affected by the Ministry's recently-announced one-year moratorium on new and expanded PTTWs. As Omya's permit allowed it to seek authorization for an increase in its water withdrawals, the MOE revoked and replaced the company's permit, removing this provision. Omya has decided not to appeal the replacement of its water-taking permit and has indicated its intention to withdraw its appeal of the original ERT decision restricting the permit. "We believe it is best to pursue this issue through a policy making process established by the government as opposed to pursuing it through the courts. We are confident that the government will adopt new water taking policies based on scientific evidence and establish rules that will benefit both business and the environment and we hope to provide valuable input into the process," said (Canada) president and CEO Olivier Chatillon.
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