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article imageMining CEO says he would drink contaminated Mt. Polley water

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 6, 2014 in Environment
Likely - President of Imperial Metals Brian Kynoch apologized for his company contaminating water around the Mt. Polley Mine. He also says that the water tailing off is "good" and "very close to drinking water quality." So good that he would drink it.
CBC News Canada reported the story along with a subhead which read "Brian Kynoch says he would drink water from tailings pond that leaked into rivers." However according to the same article he mentions that it is not quite good enough to drink yet.
As for the company itself workers are cleaning up the spill and their stock prices have tumbled. Imperial Metals is a tremendously successful mining company in Canada but was not well-known before the incident.
Mine waste itself has many materials which can be toxic for not only the surrounding environment but for people who eat local flora and fauna. According to a 2013 report from the company, several tons of materials may have made it into the system. Arsenic, mercury and lead all made it into the system in some amount. Materials spilled out near Mount Polley which is close to Likely, BC then trailed off into nearby water supplies.
Water bans have come up due to this spill which have inconvenienced many nearby citizens. As for the full impact on wildlife and nearby towns that is still being studied. Scientists already studied other mining disasters thoroughly with clear results about toxicity and environmental impact.
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