Public Asked for Comments on New Report on Mt. Polley
Mouth of Hazeltine Creek post tailings pond breach- image courtesy Ministry of Environment
Williams Lake, B.C. – A decision on the restart application for the Mount Polley Mine is expected shortly, but there is still work being done on the separate issue of the environmental remediation and restoration process for the area in the wake of the tailings pond breach of last August..
To that end, the Province is calling for public input on the Post Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report prepared by the Mount Polley Mining corporation.
The report outlines the environmental impact as a result of the tailings pond breach on August 4th of last year.
It includes physical, chemical and biological impact information collected from the spill, which will help form the plan for long term mitigation and restoration.
The report notes:
- Approximately 132 hectares (236 acres) of land were impacted by the spill which carried 18.6 million cubic meters of tailings, water and native soils down Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake
- Approximately 181 hectares (447 acres) of Quesnel Lake bottom are covered by sediment with a depth of up to 10 metres.
- Turbidity levels in Quesnel Lake are near or at normal levels and water quality has improved over time.
- Hazeltine Creek is now flowing clear
- Although tailings ( and native soils) cover the original top soil, new plantings were showing signs of growth this spring.
- Tailings deposited in Quesnel Lake are not expected to leach metals
The full 77 report can be accessed here.
Final comments to the ministry on this report are due on Sept. 12, 2015