In 2009 MiningWatch Canada won a federal court case launched in 2007 regarding whether or not mining companies had to report the pollution they released into their tailings ponds. The federal court in 2009 ordered mining companies to report pollution data like other industries have to do by law (Great Lakes United et. al v. Canada (Minister of the Environment) 2009 FC 408). This information is placed into Environment Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). Back before 2009, the federal government had invented a kind of “ad hoc” exemption for tailings ponds that the federal court ruled was illegal. This data was posted on the website last week.
Read “National pollutant data finally released, sort of” on the ELC blog.
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