By Natasha Bulowski Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The federal and British Columbia governments have rejected a proposed open-pit coal mine over its environmental impacts. The Sukunka open-pit coal mine near Tumbler Ridge, B.C., would have produced three million tons of coal per year to sell to steel manufacturers overseas, according to Glencore, the company behind the project. The federal government announced the rejection, based on B.C.’s environmental assessment process, on Dec. 21. “After careful deliberation, the Government of Canada has determined the significant adverse environmental effects of the proposed Sukunka Coal Mine Project could not be mitigated,” reads the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada’s press release. “The project therefore cannot proceed.” Those environmental effects include the proposed mine’s impact on species like caribou and grizzly bears and pollution of waters.
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