Mercury Rising

It’s been 50 years since a pulp mill dumped its effluent into a northern Ontario watershed, but mercury levels continue to rise in some lakes, according to a new study commissioned by the provincial government and the Grassy Narrows First Nation.

Among the report's 40 recommendations: “Conduct comprehensive health and diet surveys at Grassy Narrows to see the effects of eating fish on health, including the impact on child development and aging-related neurodegenerative diseases.”

“Everyone is suffering” from the mercury poisoning, Bill Fobister, 68, of Grassy Narrows First Nation said.


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