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Halt Muskrat Falls flooding until methylmercury issue addressed: Inuit leader –

by ahnationtalk on July 22, 201968 Views

July 22, 2019

The official overseeing five Inuit communities in Labrador is calling on the premier to halt the scheduled final flooding of the Muskrat Falls reservoir until measures are taken to mitigate potential methylmercury contamination downstream.

Last week, Nalcor Energy said full impoundment of the Muskrat Falls reservoir – a critical step in completing the controversial, over-budget dam – is anticipated to begin Aug. 7, with a target of raising water levels to 39 metres from the current 24.5 metres by the end of September.

The news comes weeks after senior government officials told an inquiry into the project’s cost and schedule overruns that the window had closed to “cap” the reservoir’s wetlands, as Liberal premier Dwight Ball had committed to doing, before anticipated impoundment this summer.

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