Kameron Coal has met the conditions of the first phase, according to the province. To comply with the second phase, the company has until February 29 to hire an independent engineer who will monitor the mine's soil.
In any case, production can only resume during the winter when humidity levels are lower.
The mine owner laid off all employees between July and November.
According to a Cape Breton Regional Municipality councillor, it was unclear when laid-off mine employees will be able to return to work. But he judges that the province's decision is positive.
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Before production stopped, 130 people worked full time in the mine. (File photo)
I am pleased that the stop work order has been lifted. This is good news but it does not mean that the mine will reopen imminently, he explained.
According to him, some Laid-off miners have gone West to find work so it could take some time for the company to assemble and possibly train staff.