IEAC is­sues rec­om­men­da­tions on methylmer­cury to govern­ment

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY EVAN CA­REEN

The com­mit­tee struck by govern­ment to ad­vise on methylmer­cury mon­i­tor­ing and mit­i­ga­tion re­lat­ing to Muskrat Falls have is­sued its first set of rec­om­men­da­tions.

The In­de­pen­dent Ex­pert Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (IEAC) is­sued three rec­om­men­da­tions to Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment Eddie Joyce fol­low­ing the work of its sub-com­mit­tee of in­de­pen­dent sci­en­tists and In­dige­nous Knowl­edge ex­perts.

“Our govern­ment is com­mit­ted to work­ing in part­ner­ship with In­dige­nous gov­ern­ments and or­ga­ni­za­tions to ad­dress con­cerns re­lated to methylmer­cury at the Muskrat Falls project,” said Joyce of the rec­om­men­da­tions.

“I have ac­cepted all the rec­om­men­da­tions of the IEAC and look for­ward to im­ple­men­ta­tion. I thank the mem­bers of the com­mit­tee for their valu­able work and look for­ward to their fu­ture rec­om­men­da­tions and ad­vice.”

The first rec­om­men­da­tion is a fea­si­bil­ity study be un­der­taken by Dec. 20 of this year for the re­moval of soil and veg­e­ta­tion from the fu­ture reser­voir area.

“The fea­si­bil­ity study will in­form IEAC dis­cus­sions about whether soil and fur­ther veg­e­ta­tion re­moval is de­ter­mined to be an ef­fec­tive mit­i­ga­tion mea­sure,” said the IEAC in a re­lease is­sued Sept. 26.

The sec­ond rec­om­men­da­tion is that Nal­cor im­ple­ment the changes de­scribed in the in­de­pen­dent ex­pert’s re­port ti­tled “Rec­om­men­da­tions on changes to the scope and qual­ity of the Muskrat Falls Aquatic Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gram.”

The third is that Nal­cor ex­pe­dite the fi­nal­iza­tion of their cur­rent methylmer­cury mod­el­ling project, and com­plete the work no later than Feb. 15, 2018.

“The re­sult­ing model will in­clude Lake Melville and will be com­bined with Nal­cor’s hu­man health risk as­sess­ment,” the re­lease stated. “The IEAC be­lieves that it is im­por­tant to re­view the re­sults of this model, and com­pare the out­comes to other stud­ies deal­ing with these is­sues.”

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