Yukon Chamber of Mines to Undertake Detailed Internal Review of ATAC Decision
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 2020
Whitehorse, Yukon - The Yukon Chamber of Mines (YCM) is undertaking a detailed internal review, which will include seeking external advice, on the implications of Yukon Government’s decision to reject a recommendation from the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board (YESAB) for the ATAC road to proceed with mitigations.
Subsequent to the positive review by YESAB, Yukon Government and FNNND issued a joint Decision Document for ATAC’s road on March 2, 2018. Such a reversal of decision rendered could have serious implications for Yukon’s mining industry.
“Taking into consideration the tri-party (Yukon First Nation, Federal, and Territorial Governments) managing oversight of the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act, this process was meant to usher in certainty and clarity around projects being reviewed and recommended mitigations,” said Ed Peart, President of the YCM. “The potential ramifications of this decision could be broad, significant, and impactful for our members and industry as a whole. We will be undertaking an internal review of the decision, including seeking external advice, to determine where this particular process broke down, and how to avoid a situation arising like this in the future. We will provide recommendations to Yukon Government and Yukon First Nation Governments at the conclusion of that review.”
For more information please contact:
Samson Hartland Executive Director
Yukon Chamber of Mines