IEAC issues recommendations on methylmercury to government
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.”