Nfld. & Labrador

Polluted N.L. sites get $10M

The provincial government is promising to spent $10-million to clean polluted sites in central Newfoundland and northern Labrador.

The provincial government is promising to spent $10 million to clean polluted sites in central Newfoundland and northern Labrador.

It's spending $4 million to cover the waste area known as the Mucky Ditch at an old mine in Buchans, central Newfoundland, and another $5 million will be spent to shore up a dam that's holding the mine's tailings in place.

Zinc, lead, copper, gold and silver were extracted from the mine before it closed in 1982.

Last October, provincial health officials recommended blood tests for all Buchans residents after high levels of lead were found in soil tests throughout the community.

The province also warned residents to stay away from the nearby tailings dam, warning it was weak and could collapse.

The provincial government also announced Tuesday that it will spend $1 millon to clean up pollution at the former U.S. military site in Hopedale, Labrador.

Last June, Health officials told Hopedale residents to be wary of possible contamination from an abandoned Cold War-era radar station on a hill near the community. They said the area is contaminated with PCBs.