I`ll be brief, one of my earliest posts was on Britannia, I received many comments, including subtle threats from a couple of people with VESTED INTERESTS!....
You might want to read my original post to get some background information on the issues..
Today I feel vindicated over the abuse from certain people who HAD financial motives for discrediting my article..
From today`s Vancouver Sun..
Cost of cleaning up contaminated sites balloons in B.C.
The province's price tag for cleanup of these sites has increased to $237 million this year
The province's price tag for cleanup of these sites has increased to $237 million this year, up from $163.7 million in 2006, according to government reports from those two years. The figures are cumulative since 2001.
The ministry would not provide a cost breakdown for the 13 priority sites, citing legal liabilities, but the report indicates the Britannia mine along the Sea to Sky corridor accounts for $75.9 million of the cleanup costs, $30 million of which was contributed by the mine's former operators. To date, the province has spent in excess of $46 million on remediation at Britannia, the report states. The Britannia mine was once the largest copper producer in the British Commonwealth, operational from the early 1900s until 1974, the report said. Precipitation and melting snow entering the mine becomes contaminated with metals and turns acidic as it passes through.
Until 2005, the contaminated water leaving the mine flowed directly into Howe Sound.
Cleanup at the site began in 2001. A decade on, animals such as crabs and sea anemones have returned to some of the formerly contaminated stretches of shoreline, but there is still work to do in areas such as groundwater management, the report said.
The province has spent $152 million toward the $237 million in environmental liabilities, the report said, with $4.7 million of that spent in the 2010-11 fiscal year. The ministry has budgeted another $4 million this year for investigation of candidate sites and cleanup of identified priority areas.
Ministry staff estimate there could be up to 2,000 contaminated sites on private and provincial land across the province. Treasury Board of Canada figures suggest that B.C. has 4,367 contaminated sites for which the federal government bears some or all liability, the most of any province in Canada.