The Tsilhqot’in National Government has added its voice to those concerned about the province’s approval of a discharge permit for the Mount Polley Mine.
The TNG says under the current permit Quesnel Lake will be contaminated in a “dilution zone” in order to meet water quality guidelines.
The provincial discharge permit calculates water quality from 100m from the discharge point in Quesnel Lake.
TNG Tribal Chairman Joe Alfonse says while they do support the mine re-opening, they’re biggest concern is the environment.
The TNG would like to see any discharge from the mine should be treated to a level that meets guidelines before it is put into the lake.
Alfonse says the full impact of the massive 2014 tailings pond breach won’t be known for years.
He adds that, while fish are still abundant, many of his people are worried that the fish are contaminated.