Study underway on Whale Cove contaminated site – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on November 18, 201929 Views

18 November, 2019

Report to be completed in February, but cleanup could be a more complicated matter

Nunavut’s Department of Environment is assessing a contaminated site in Whale Cove for any risks it may pose to human and ecological health.

The affected area is over 18,000 cubic metres around an old power plant at the centre of town.

“I am concerned about this site. It is in the core area. Whale Cove does have a downtown core and it is in the downtown core,” John Main, MLA for Arviat North-Whale Cove, said on Oct. 29, during the recent sitting of the legislature.

“There are houses in that area. There are workplaces. There is a community freezer. To complicate matters, on a seasonal basis the entire area floods, so water goes in different directions.”

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