BC has issued a short-term permit for the Mount Polley Mining Corporation to treat and discharge water outside the mine site.
The current tailings discharge pit will reach capacity in April of next year.
Treated water will be discharged into Hazeltine Creek and flow to a sediment pond.
From there, the treated water would enter a pipeline that will discharge approximately 30 to 40 metres below the surface of Quesnel Lake.
Last week the Soda Creek and Williams Lake Indian Bands said the re-opening of the mine this past June was reckless and they demanded the government stop ignoring their concerns.
While Williams Lake mayor, Walt Cobb, called on the Province to issue a discharge permit, fearing the economic fallout of the mine closing near the holidays.