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20 July 2008

Canadian Lakes to be used as Mining Dumps

June 2008: 16 pristine Canadian lakes from B.C. to Newfoundland may soon be "reclassified" by the federal government as toxic dump sites for mines. The Fisheries Act makes it illegal to put harmful substances into fish-bearing waters, but in a little-known exception to mining effluent regulations in Schedule Two, lakes and rivers can be reclassified as "tailings impoundment areas" allowing mining companies to dump toxic mine tailings directly into the lake or river instead of building expensive containment ponds. From March 2008 to March of 2009, 8 Canadian lakes are slated to be put on Schedule Two without considering environmental or recreational impact -- without public consulation. Future contamination of fish, wildlife and downstream waters is inevitable. It is not too late to contact your MP or the Minister of Fisheries & Oceans. []

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