"Crews were working to raise the tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine by up to four metres before the structure failed and sent a torrent of waste and debris into surrounding waterways.
"Imperial Metals Corp., the Vancouver-based company that operates the mine, had also asked the Ministry of Environment for a permit to release more treated effluent from its tailings pond. That permit was pending when the dam gave way on Aug. 4."
The industry is disappointed, because it expected an absence of regulation after BC's Minister of Graft and Corruption promised to,
"conduct business more efficiently and eliminate red tape and unnecessary administration."Miners say that had government lived up to its promises, contamination of soils and water could have continued without public notice or interruption.