Province wants increased clearing at Muskrat Falls

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has required Nalcor to remove more forest cover at the Muskrat Falls reservoir as an additional mitigation to further address concerns surrounding methylmercury.

“We have heard the call for further mitigation measures to address concerns around methylmercury and this is why removing additional forest cover is being required,” said Perry Trimper, minister of environment and climate change. “Along with additional clearing, we will continue to work with the Innu Nation, Nunatsiavut Government, and the NunatuKavut Community Council on oversight of this project.”

The province has also provided to the Innu Nation, the Nunatsiavut Government, and the NunatuKavut Community Council details on recent activities, including the establishment of a new water quality monitoring program, the establishment of an Independent Expert Advisory Committee, as well as the facilitator’s final report from the expert workshop that was held on August 4, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Additional information on the material provided can be found in the backgrounder below.

“The Provincial Government has taken the concerns expressed by the Innu Nation, the Nunatsiavut Government, and the NunatuKavut Community Council very seriously,” said Trimper. “We are taking action that clearly demonstrates our commitment to enhance measures which ensure we are best positioned to protect human health.”

In addition to the above, following discussions with the Nunatsiavut Government, the Provincial Government will be requiring Nalcor to fund a further study, to be conducted by Dr. Elsie Sunderland’s research laboratory at Harvard University.

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