CANADA CAVING TO MINING: KILLING LAKES FOR DUMPING TOXICS

Canadian Government To "Reclassify" Lakes As Mining Dump Sites
by Kimberley D. Mok, Montreal, Canada on 06.25.08
Business & Politics

CANADA CAVING TO MINING: KILLING LAKES FOR DUMPING TOXICS
Image: Duncan Lake, B.C., before-and-after by Tse Keh Nay on flickr (waste dump proposal later rejected)

Canadian mining companies already have a pretty tarnished reputation abroad in countries such as Guatemala, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo – and now, with a helping hand from the Canadian government, they are hitting closer to home. Using an obscure subsection under mining regulations, the Canadian federal government is about to reclassify sixteen lakes across Canada as toxic dump sites for mining operations.

The list of lakes (see after the jump) include prime fishing lakes, fish habitats and spawning grounds from British Columbia to Newfoundland. The stealthy bureaucratic move has environmentalists accusing the government of giving a handout to mining companies, at great cost to the environment and to public health.

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