BC’s environment minister says there’s still a long way to go before life returns to normal for residents near the Mount Polley Mine disaster.
Mary Polak made the comment as she discussed progress of phase one of remediation as the one-year anniversary of the tailings breach nears.
Polak says the province has spent approximately $6 million on cleanup and will attempt to recover what costs it can from the mining company.
Imperial Metals has spent close to $67 million on remediation efforts so far, but Polak says more work lies ahead.
Polak says ongoing testing has revealed that the water is safe to drink and fish are safe to eat.
Last August’s tailings dam failure sent about 24 million cubic metres of water and mine waste into lakes and waterways near Likely.