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Is there a contaminated site near you?

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Giant Mine is just one of more than 22,000 contaminated sites owned by the federal government in Canada.

In some cases, significant amounts of pollution were left abandoned after resource extraction companies left. Now, it’s up to the government to deal with any possible contamination.

The Treasury Board of Canada publishes an online inventory detailing any suspected, active or closed sites called the Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory.

Screen grab from the Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory
Screen grab from the Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory.

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The sites are scattered across the country.

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Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development – Spring 2012 (Chapter 3 “Federal Contaminated Sites and Their Impacts” pg 68)
Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development – Spring 2012 (Chapter 3 “Federal Contaminated Sites and Their Impacts” pg 68).

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To find out if there is a contaminated site near you follow these steps;

  1.  Start here at the Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory website.
  2. Narrow down your search by “Province or Territory” or “Census Metropolitan Area”.
  3. Select how to view your results once they have generated. If you select the site identifier, you can find more information including how much work has been completed.

Leave a comment below to share what you found.

16×9’s “Contamination Nation” airs this Saturday at 7pm.

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