Amid a labor dispute and continued debate regarding the asbestos industry as a whole, the only fully operational asbestos mine in Canada is sending out reports saying it may soon be closing its doors.
The Quebec-based LAB Chrysotile announced on Tuesday that it may soon shut down operations at its Thetford Mines in the city of Asbestos if a labor conflict with the workers’ union is not resolved.
“We’ve given ourselves 16 weeks to deal with our problems,” Mine President Simon Dupere told The Canadian Press in a telephone interview.
Despite the issues the mine is dealing with, Dupere added that he was still “very confident” that there was a market for chrysotile asbestos.
Because the Jeffrey Mine, which is also located in Asbestos, is only functional for part of the year, the Thetford Mine is considered Canada’s only fully-operational asbestos mine. It currently employs 350 people, according to Canadian Business.
In addition to its labor issues, the Thetford Mine is also dealing with a great deal of scrutiny as the Canadian asbestos industry continues to draw a great deal of negative attention from around the world. The closing of the Thetford Mine would likely only increase the calls for Canada to do away with its asbestos mining industry.
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