Dr. Andy

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Blame Canada

Most of the lead, cadmium and other heavy metals pollution sampled from Lake Roosevelt, the reservoir behind the Grand Coulee Dam, came from a smelter in Trail, British Columbia, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey.

It will be interesting to see how Canada responds. Of course, not everyone in the U.S. want the Canadian company implicated to pony up:

Last summer, Paul Cellucci, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, told the EPA that he opposed a Superfund cleanup for Lake Roosevelt due to concerns about the precedent it could set. Some U.S. mining and electric companies fear Canada would then have grounds to complain about air and water pollution from their operations.

I knew there had to be a downside.


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