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4 Billion Gallons of Mining Waste Pour Into Pristine B.C. Waterways

Video: Watch 4 Billion Gallons of Mining Waste Pour Into Pristine B.C. Waterways

First Nations, environmentalists and just about everyone else are aghast at the severity of the toxic spill from a tailings pond.

On August 4 the tailings pond of the gold and copper open-pit Polley Mine, operated by Imperial Metals Corp., breached and sent billions of gallons of metals-laden silt and water into waterways awaiting the return of the salmon.

RELATED: Horrific Toxic Spill in B.C. Called Another Exxon Valdez

The mess has only just begun to wreak its environmental havoc, with campgrounds evacuated, a local emergency declared and a fishing ban imposed, among other immediate effects. Long-term damage is not yet known, and Imperial officials say they have no idea why it happened.

But company president Brian Kynoch told CBC News that the tailings pond isn’t so bad and that he would even consider drinking it.

RELATED: Pour Him a Tall One! Mining Exec Insists He'd Drink Water From Tailings P…

Toledo Bearing Full Brunt of Lake Erie Algae Bloom

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UPDATE: 8/5/14:Toledo’s Contaminated Water: Here’s What Went Wrong



Ban has been lifted but personally I would give it a couple days before using it for drinking and cooking. I would also demand transparency in testing and how the water is being processed now. This isn't the end considering retiscince of authorities to regulate fertilizer runoff and the fact that climate change is here to stay.

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A sample glass of Lake Erie water is extracted near the City of Toledo water intake crib on Sunday.
Photograph: Haraz N Ghanbari/AP

Toledo Bearing Full Brunt of Lake Erie Algae Bloom

By Laura Arenschield

The night before Toledo officials warned people not to drink the municipal tap water, Jeff Reutter opened a federal website to check on the algae bloom in western Lake Erie.

The picture didn’t look bad, at first, to Reutter, an expert on toxic algae who is the director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. The algae covered Maumee Bay, but the bloom was sign…