A new study is out on the impacts of the Mount Polley tailings pond collapse but the government says it may take years to get a clearer picture.
The study from the University of Northern BC finds heightened water levels, temperatures, turbidity and copper concentrations in Quesnel Lake.
Environment minister Mary Polak is not surprised by the study’s conclusions.
“Confirms what we’ve already found. All those results are posted monthly.”
Polak says it may take years of monitoring to gauge the true impact of the spill and NDP critic Spencer Chandra-Herbert says that includes the impact on fish.
“Do the salmon get harmed so irrepairably that they can’t reproduce, or they can’t swim properly?”
Meanwhile Imperial Metals still hopes government will approve a reopening of the mine.