Feds on board

Rating: NNNNNAdams Mine dump opponents trying to get the Chretien Liberals onside are getting a boost from the federal Department.


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Adams Mine dump opponents trying to get the Chretien Liberals onside are getting a boost from the federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs.

The department’s senior environmental adviser, John Higham, has written the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency supporting a federal review of the site.

Higham states that the agency should carry out a review, “given that (the Timiskaming First Nation) feel that these impacts may occur, that they were not afforded sufficient opportunity to have these concerns considered through the Ontario environmental assessment process and that there is new evidence of… the possibility of downstream impacts on their reserve lands.”

Says department spokesperson Lori Ransom, “We’re not specifically taking a position. We’ve just been passing that information on and just urging that that be given consideration.”

The CEAA, which must first determine if it has jurisdiction to conduct a review under the federal Environmental Assessment Act, is expected to make a recommendation to environment minister David Anderson by the end of the year.

Adams Mine dump opponents trying to get the Chretien Liberals onside are getting a boost from the federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs.

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