THUNDER BAY – Erin Satterthwaite, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications for Impala Canada Ltd shares, “As you know, our LDI operation was ramped down into temporary care and maintenance on Monday, April 13th and we have no plans to resume operations on April 28th
“The operations will remain in care and maintenance for the time being and we will only re-start operations when we are confident it is safe to do so within the realities of a global pandemic. The province of Ontario continues to operate under a State of Emergency. This fact, coupled with the health and safety of our employees and our ability to provide a safe work environment, will be key factors in determining a date to resume operations. As all considerations are discussed, we will continue to closely collaborate with public health authorities and all our stakeholders, including our Indigenous partners.
“A small care and maintenance crew of less than 50 people remain on site. All existing pandemic response protocols are being strictly followed and daily temperature checks have been added. A deep and comprehensive sanitization of the mine site is currently underway. And we continue to consult with TBDHU on any additional best practices we can implement to further eliminate the potential spread of COVID-19 on-site, now and into the future.
“We expect all LDI employees to follow all health and safety regulations, whether on-site at LDI, or at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and safety is our number one priority at Impala Canada, and we expect all our employees to treat it with the utmost seriousness it deserves.”
“There are 20 confirmed cases in direct connection with LDI and that includes one announced by TBDHU on Thursday afternoon.”