Dredging around a proposed potash export terminal in Prince Rupert harbour is raising concerns from environmentalists.
Canpotex is building the terminal on Ridley Island but the T Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation is fighting an amended or renewed dredging permit recently issued for the project.
Foundation spokesperson Luanne Roth says dredging will pull up high levels of dioxins and furans from the harbour bottom — resuspending them in the water, risking health problems for anyone eating seafood from the area.
Roth says the Foundation wants a Human Health Risk Assessment to determine if the work would cause health problems.
Foundation lawyers accuse Environment Canada of acting illegally by failing to release details of the Canpotex application.
The dredging isn’t scheduled to take place until September of this year.