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Selenium levels double in fish found near Red Chris Mine

High levels of selenium have been found in fish near the Red Chris Mine in northwest BC.

The issue was brought up during an open house held by the Tahltan Central Government to discuss the mine.

In a Facebook posting, Iskut Band Councillor Jodi Payne says selenium levels in Ealue Lake fish have doubled, and is recommending people not to consume fish from that lake.

The Tahltan Central Government, in a written statement, says previous selenium levels found in fish were at naturally occuring levels.

The Ministry of Environment says the fish were collected as part of on-going monitoring programs for Red Chris, and the ministry along with the Tahltan Central Government are currently reviewing the data.

The ministry is in discussions with health authorities on whether it’s safe or not to consume the fish.

It adds that Ealue Lake isn’t in the drainage area for the mine’s tailings impoundment or waste rock storage area.

Two other lakes in the are also included in the fish sampling area.

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