Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites

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Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites


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[url=]"In the end it's really the safest option for human health and for the environment"[/url]


CBC News has learned that 16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly "reclassified" as toxic dump sites for mines. The lakes include prime wilderness fishing lakes from B.C. to Newfoundland.

Environmentalists say the process amounts to a "hidden subsidy" to mining companies, allowing them to get around laws against the destruction of fish habitat.

Under the Fisheries Act, it's illegal to put harmful substances into fish-bearing waters. But, under a little-known subsection known as Schedule Two of the mining effluent regulations, federal bureaucrats can redefine lakes as "tailings impoundment areas."

That means mining companies don't need to build containment ponds for toxic mine tailings.

CBC News visited two examples of Schedule Two lakes. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Vale Inco company wants to use a prime destination for fishermen known as Sandy Pond to hold tailings from a nickel processing plant.

In northern B.C., Imperial Metals plans to enclose a remote watershed valley to hold tailings from a gold and copper mine. The valley lies in what the native Tahltan people call the "Sacred Headwaters" of three major salmon rivers. It also serves as spawning grounds for the rainbow trout of Kluela Lake, which is downstream from the dump site.

Brian White

I wonder what green gordo says about that?
And is there any party out there that will campaign against this sort of abuse.
These companys are run by multinational mostly Canadian thugs. We in Canada have turned a blind eye as they ravaged the rest of the world.
Now their lack of respect comes home to haunt us for ever.

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Unbelievable this is being allowed to happen, but what else could you expect under a Harper government? [img]frown.gif" border="0[/img]