One Year Later, Phase One of Mt. Polley Clean Up Complete
Williams Lake, B.C.- The Province says phase one of the Mt. Polley clean up is complete.
That phase, focused on stabilizing Hazeltine Creek to ensure it would be safe over the winter months and through the spring freshet.
The phase one report (available here) says ” All deliverables for phase one were completed by the end of June.”
The Province has created a video showing the extent of the remediation work completed over the past year which can be viewed above.
According to the Ministry of the Environment, the following work has either been completed or “suitably initiated”.
* Safety (e.g., woody debris removed from Quesnel Lake)
* Containment of tailings
* Protection of archaeological resources
* Protection of fish
* Erosion mitigation
* Water treatment
Phase two will continue to focus on remediating the impacts of breach through summer 2016 and beyond and will include an ecological and human health risk assessment. Ongoing impact assessment, monitoring and mitigation activities will also occur. First Nations and local communities will be active participants throughout this phase.