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Environment ministry says they’re looking into allegations of mine pollution

The BC Ministry of Environment has released a brief a statement in response to allegations of water pollution at the Tulsequah Chief Mine near the Alaska border.

The ministry says they’re currently reviewing a report released by Rivers Without Borders that alleges the closed mine is leaching acid mine drainage into the local watershed, which flows into Alaska and important salmon spawning systems.

According to the ministry, staff are working with mine owner Chieftain Metals to ensure water quality issues are addressed, along with appropriate monitoring.

Ministry staff are also in contact with their Alaskan counterparts to discuss and share information.

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