November 12, 2007

BC government-First Nation working group develop restoration plan for lands affected by mining

VANCOUVER, BC-The British Columbia government and the Tahltan First Nation have developed a restoration plan to assess and address the impacts of past mineral exploration and development activity within Tahltan territory. "The restoration plan is the first of its kind and is a landmark accomplishment for responsible and sustainable mining in British Columbia," said Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger. The restoration plan is the result of work by the Tahltan-BC minerals working group, which was established to review operational issues related to mining activities and proposed mining projects in the Tahltan territory in northwest BC. Among the activities outlined in the plan will be an inventory of past and existing mining activities authorized under BC's Mining Act and carried out within Tahltan territory, and the development of remediation plans to deal with impacts of these activities on natural resources in the region, along with implementation strategies for the plans. The plan also calls for monitoring of each remediation project and reporting on the progress and success of these projects. The initial step in the plan, consisting of the site inventory, will be funded through a $60,000 allocation from the Smithers branch of BC's Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB). The BC government and the Tahltan Central Council may jointly seek additional funds to complete implementation of the plan.

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