Regional district paid steep price for Kootenay tailings pond
One month ago today people in Salmo were worried about a dam on a toxic tailings pond bursting, potentially sending a rush of heavy metals and rainwater onto their property.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay declared a state of emergency and spent half a million dollars pumping out the tailings and repairing the dam.
That raises the question: Why does a regional district own a tailings pond to begin with?
The answer takes us from the Kootenays to Panama City.
Kootenay reporter Bob Keating explains.
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