The Cariboo Regional District says despite encouraging water test results there is still a long road ahead for clean up last week’s massive tailings pond breach.
The regional district’s Al Richmond says water results are one thing but all eyes are on pending test results on the escaped toxic sediment.
“The ministry is expecting those results back either Friday or Saturday. To my knowledge they have not come back yet.”
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“For so far as the peace of mind for the First Nations and the general residents it is information that they don’t have and it has caused part of the uncertainty.”
The ministry of environment has confirmed sediment results are due Saturday.
Richmond says to restore Hazeltime creek and the surrounding waterways will take much longer.
“Well I would suspect that monitoring of various things, water quality, sediment, and fish is going to go on for sometime. I would suspect much longer than we probably, at this time, would even speculate for the long term.”
Richmond says it is not only testing but also restoring the affected area.
“Mount Polley will be coming out with their remediation plan, or their tentative plans, what they are going to do for a clean up and how are they going to approach it. They are submitting something to the ministry of environment Friday I believe.”
Richmond says the possibility of Lake Polley breaching a plug shoved in the lake when the tailings dam burst is also a big concern.