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Turning abandoned mining sites into fertile soil

Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS.jpgA new technology being tested over the past decade in Northern Quebec could allow orphaned mining sites to be transformed into fertile agricultural fields.

The process involves taking heavy contaminants in the soil, such as lead, and neutralizing them by adding a simple organic material, ash.

We spoke with the man behind this experiment, agronomist and micro-biologist Lucien Bordeleau, as well as Alexandre Anctil, Project Manager and Biologist for FaunENord, an organization that hopes to implement the project to other sites in the Chibougamau region.


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