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Available Expert - Government remediation plans for toxic former gold mine may fall short

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Queen’s University mining engineering expert Ahmad Ghahreman is available to comment on the federal government’s remediation plans for a toxic former gold mine near Yellowknife that has exposed nearby communities to arsenic.

“The 237,000 tonnes of arsenic trioxide sitting in Yellowknife is one of the largest environmental challenges that the government of Canada is facing today,” says Dr. Ghahreman. “The arsenic in the area is a water-soluble material that is very poisonous to human, animals, and plants. The remediation plans proposed by the government will only result in a temporary solution, and not a permanent one. There are other, more effective options that they should pursue.”

Note: Dr. Ghahreman can be reached directly at 613.483.9661.

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