Canadians finally have the right to know whether mines are threatening their water with arsenic, mercury & other dangerous pollutants!
All mines - including mines & Alberta's tarsands - must now tell Canadians about the pollution they cause, thanks to a lawsuit by Ecojustice on behalf of MiningWatch & Great Lakes United. The free "reveal-nothing" pass these industries enjoyed is finally over, & citizens will now have a powerful tool to hold mining companies accountable.
"This is an incredible win that empowers people in every corner of the country," says lawyer Marlene Cachin. "Knowing where pollution occurs is absolutely key in planning for possible mining & tailings pond disasters. Without it, decision-makers, along with those who will suffer the consequences of these incidents, are left in the dark."
When information is published later this year, the public can learn exactly which chemicals are being left behind simply by exploring the online National Pollutant Release inventory. With tarsands releasing knkown human carcinogens, and gold mines releasing cyanide, this information deserves public scrutiny.
"Metal mines ae an enormous source of pollution. The amount of mining waste churned out in Canada in just one year is enough to bury the entire Greater Toronto area in 4 ft. of waste," says lawyer Justin Duncan.