Water bans lifted after spill
Health officials have lifted most of a water ban that was put in place following a massive mine tailings spill last week near Quesnel, BC.
More than 300 people were ordered not to drink or bathe in water from nearby lakes and rivers after the tailings dam at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine failed last week.
Subsequent testing has found water in Quesnel Lake and Quesnel River are within guidelines for human and aquatic health.
The water ban was partially lifted last week in areas that included the nearby town of Likely, but it remained in effect for as many as 200 people over the weekend.
Dr. Trevor Corneil of the Interior Health Authority says the ban has now been almost entirely lifted, except for areas closest to the mine, which are relatively uninhabited.
Corneil also says the health authority has no evidence that any toxins would have affected fish, and he says he can confidently say fish caught outside the current water restriction areas are safe to eat.
Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more BC News
- 80,000 lose powerBC - 5:54 am
- Hiker struck by falling rockPenticton / S. Okanagan
- Apartment laundry rooms targetedPenticton / S. Okanagan - 5:00 am
- School District remits $11.5MCentral Okanagan - 5:40 am