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Ontario knew about mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows in 1990: report – CBC

Grassy Narrows chief says community exploring all options ahead of meeting with province, Ottawa

Nov 12, 2017

A new report shows the Ontario government knew nearly 30 years ago that a mill site upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation was contaminated with mercury.

“There’s a continued liability on the province,” Grassy Narrows chief Simon Fobister said. “They said it’s going to clear itself up, but they never informed us that there’s still mercury in the soil and they were aware of it.”

“We’ll consider all our options right now, whether it’s political or legal.”

The confidential report was done by True Grit Consulting in 2016; the firm was tasked with determining whether mercury is still leaching into the Wabigoon River from the nearby Dryden mill site, which is located upstream from Grassy Narrows, where residents have shown signs of mercury poisoning for decades.

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