It took two years to develop approach to clean up Long Lake
After a two-year delay, a new plan has been put forward for arsenic cleanup at Long Lake that is expected to have less impact on area residents.
“Staff (members) have been working very hard behind the scenes to address the concerns that were raised two years ago,” said Brian McMahon, director of mine rehabilitation with the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines.
“We didn’t think ourselves that it would take so long to get to this stage, but I think the result is we’re going to have a much better approach for cleanup at Long Lake.”
The initial plan for rehabilitating an old gold-mining site and removing contaminants from the water would have involved significant truck traffic along the south shore of the lake, as well as a steep bill for road improvements.
Some residents balked at the inconveniences this would create and a formal complaint was lodged. In turn, the ministry was required to revisit its proposal.
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