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Mercury contamination at Grassy Narrows First Nation can be cleaned up, scientists tell government, again


It is feasible to clean up some of the decades-old mercury contamination in Ontario's English-Wabigoon River system near Grassy Narrows First Nation, according to new research by three experts in the field.

Reed Paper in Dryden, Ont., dumped chemicals in the river in the 1960s and early 1970s, resulting in mercury poisoning among First Nations people who ate fish caught in the area.

The possibility of remediation was first studied in the 1980s by a government research team that included John Rudd. He's the lead author of the new research commissioned by Grassy Narrows First Nation and released on Monday.


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