Ontario’s copper mine to be shut down due to contamination
Posted On July 17, 2021
Armenia Copper Mines Ltd., which is building a copper mine on the northwest side of Hamilton, is planning to shut down its mining operation for the next five years due to the contamination at the mine site.
The company said in a news release Wednesday that it will close down its mine in Hamilton, as well as its adjacent mining operation at the Port Huron site in the town of Côte-St-Michel, by June 30, 2021.
It is the second closure at the project in the past year, and the third in the last 10 years.
The release noted that the contamination in the mine and adjacent mining site has been found to be highly toxic.
The Canadian Press asked the company for comment on Wednesday, but did not receive a response.
The decision comes as the province faces a potential $20-billion mine expansion to expand the region’s supply of copper.
The mine will be owned by Canadian Copper Corp., the company that operates the Fort Hills mine, and it is the only mine in the province.