On February 13, 2017, the Ontario government committed to clean up the mercury dumped near Grassy Narrows First Nation.
For more than 40 years, the people of Grassy Narrows have fought for the remediation of the English-Wabigoon watershed. A local pulp and paper mill dumped 10 tonnes of untreated mercury into the water between 1962 and 1970.
The mercury contaminated fish that poisoned Grassy Narrows community members.
But this week, the Ontario premier made a promise to take immediate action to clean up the river.
We applaud this promise. We will continue to support the community to ensure that a strong, science-based remediation plan is released, resourced and implemented in the coming months.
Please take a moment to thank Ontario decision-makers and urge them to back their promise with:
- A science-based remediation plan done in collaboration with the community;
- A budget to ensure that the plan is adequately resourced; and
- Action on the ground to implement the plan within the next two months.
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