New tests from the Mount Polley area in central B.C. where a tailings pond breached earlier this month show the fish are safe to eat, as long as you don’t consume the liver and gonads.
Environment Minister Mary Polak says samples collected Aug 8 show the fish meat is safe, but there are high levels of the chemical selenium in those organs.
“Those wishing to take extra precautionary measures may chose to remove the liver or gonads prior to consumption.”
Still, she says you would have to eat a cup of them a day to go over the safety threshold.
Tests also found levels of copper exceeding aquatic guidelines in a couple of spots in Quesnel Lake. But because they were taken in deep water, they are considered low risk for humans.
As for that blue, wax-like sheen seen lingering on the water, Interior Health says it appears to be organic.
“Interior Health has only been notified by one individual, we have not had any reports from anyone else regarding concerns about health. And in addition, we have not heard from any physicians in that area that they are seeing individuals coming forward with health concerns either,” says Dr. Sue Pollak.
She says only one person has reported that, and that further testing is being done.