Cleanup of Sudbury’s Long Lake could begin this summer – by Staff (Sudbury Star – April 2, 2019)

It appears the provincial government is about to act to clean the arsenic from a gold mine that operated more than a hundred years ago on Long Lake.

In a release, Nickel Belt MPP France Gelinas, said she received the good news in a letter from Greg Rickford, the minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. Long Lake is located in her riding.

“I have been in communication with (various) ministers asking for action on this dangerous situation,” Gelinas said. “This week I finally got some possible good news. In his response, the minister (Rickford) has confirmed that the clean up could, finally, begin this summer and continue into the autumn of 2022.”

In her release, Gelinas said the Long Lake gold mine operated intermittently from 1908-39 and discharged about 163,000 cubic metres of tailings directly into the environment without containment.

Over time, these tailings, which contain acidic sulphide minerals and arsenic, have eroded and run off into wetlands, creeks and lakes, including Long Lake.

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