1 B.C. mine rejected but another OK'd

The federal government has given the thumbs down to one mining project in B.C.'s central Interior while approving another similar project in the region.

Environment Minister Jim Prentice said cabinet has rejected the Taseko Mines Ltd. project because of its adverse environmental impact and the damage it would cause Fish Lake and dozens of connecting streams.

The mine was touted as an $800-million project that would create 700 jobs in the Williams Lake region, which has been hard-hit by the pine beetle epidemic and the economic downturn in the forest industry.