Comments Invited on Mt. Polley Environmental Impact Report
Williams Lake, B.C.- British Columbians have until July 31st to comment on the latest environmental impact assessment report on the Mt. Polley tailings pond breach.
( at right, image of Hazeltine Creek after being scoured by the tailings pond breach – 250News archive)
It has been nearly two years since the August 4th 2014 tailings pond breach at the Mt. Polley mine breached, sending 25 million cubic meters of water and tailings into Polley Lake, then Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake.
The report, prepared by the Mount Polley Mining Corporation, says remediation and restoration work is ” resulting in re-vegetation and recolonization of impacted areas including Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek, the mouth of Edney Creek and the West Basin of Quesnel Lake.”
The report also indicates the tailings are not acid generating and have “low leaching potential” and that total metals in Quesnel Lake are “not toxic to various aquatic species and are decreasing in concentrations.”
The full report can be accessed here.
There is still work underway including assessing impacts on fish and fish habitat, risks to human health and the development of a long term plan for monitoring, mitigation and remediation.
Public feedback will be used in forming the company’s long term plan for environmental remediation and restoration plan. Comments can be emailed to : MtPolleyEnvironmental.Enquiries@gov.bc.ca