Mine responsible for 2014 environmental disaster granted permit to release effluent into Quesnel Lake
Members of a B.C. First Nation are speaking out against the province for allowing the Mount Polley mine to drain effluent from a tailings pit into Quesnel Lake.
Secwepemc Nation spokesperson Kanahus Manuel is outraged by the province’s decision, and worried for the people who use Quesnel Lake.
“This effluent and this treated water that Imperial Metals is discharging into Quesnel Lake is not meeting the drinking water guidelines,” she says. “It is going to be flowing right down into the Fraser River which 63 per cent of B.C. depends on for our watershed.”
The Environment Ministry approved a short-term permit Tuesday to allow the discharge from the mine tailings pit which is forecast to…
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