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Mines minister appoints code review panel

Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett has appointed a committee to find out how to prevent mining disasters like the Mount Polley tailings spill from happening again.

Bennett says the panel will look at the best way to implement the seven recommendations contained in an independent panel’s report on the breach at the Cariboo area mine last summer.

The probe revealed that the tailings dam failed due to its location on top of a layer of clay, sending 24 million cubic metres of silt and water into nearby lakes and streams.

The panel, led by the province’s Chief Inspector of Mines, will include First Nations, labour unions, and industry representatives.

The provincial government expects the tailings pond portion of the review to be complete by early next year with revisions in force by mid-2016.

A decision on the re-start of operations at the Mount Polley mine is expected late this month or early July.

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