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6TuesdayOctober282014ENVIRONMENTREMEDIATIONYKDFNarguesagainstspecialtreatmentforDominiononEkatiContinuedfrompage1.TheYellowknivesDeneFirstNationwrotealettertotheboardonSept.30opposingtherequestbyDominionandtheGNWTslackofenforcementonthedelay.UnlessDominionisspecialinsomewaythatIamnotawareoftheyshouldbesubjecttothesamerequirements...asotherpermitholderswroteYKDFNsregulatoryspecialistToddSlackwhosaidindustrypromisesarenotenforceableandthereforenotacceptable.Theyneedtohaveacertainamountof-nancialresourcesavailabletotheCrownFortheGNWTtosubmitthisletterexcusingthecompanysfailuretoposttherequiredsecurityinamannerconsistentwithpastexpectationsbothtodateandintothefu-tureisnotacceptable.Itsbeenoverayearandtheystillhaventdonethis.EndofstorySlackwrote.Whateverthesuretymethodmayencom-passitshouldntberandomlyandhaphaz-ardlyappliedduringthemidstofapermitissuance.Policyshouldbedevelopedoutsidethepermittingprocessandimplementeddis-tinctlynotusinganon-the-ybasishesaid.WhenitcomestoCanadianZincLandsMinisterRobertC.McLeodsaidthesitua-tioniscomplexassomeofthelandisstillretainedbythefederalgovernment.Wereintheprocessoftryingtoironoutthedetailshesaid.Werestillinnegotia-tionswiththesefolksastothesecuritythatisbeingrequiredofthem.AccordingtoRileythePrairieCreekmineisintheoperationsandmaintenancephaseatthemomentforwhichsecuritieshavebeenposted.Additionalsecuritieswillhavetobepostedbeforeanyfurtheroperationscanbegin.CanadianZincmisseditsdeadlinetopaythesecuritiesbackintheautumnof2013.AtthetimecompanyrepresentativestoldTheJournaltheywerestillinthemidstndingnancingfortheproject.McLeoddefendedthegovernmentsabilitytomanagethesituationsayingthenewliabilitiesandnancialassurancesdivisionwithinthede-partmenthascollected500millioninsecurities.Theremayhavebeensomeslippagesinthepast.Weasaterritorialgovernmentaregoingtodoourbesttoensurethatthesedonthappenagainhesaid.IwillcommittothememberandtothisLegislativeAssemblythatwewillbewatch-ingthesedevelopmentsandtheliabilitiesse-curitiesthatarerequiredlikeahawkandmakesurethatanyfuturecleanupifthereneedstobeiscoveredhesaid.PhotoDaveBroshaMLAquestionsarsenicsamplingonGiantMinebypassDOTofcialssayexpertswereconsultedandduediligencedoneINDUSTRYMININGByMEAGANWOHLBERGThedepartmentofTransportationDOTfailedtoconductbaselinetestingforarsenicinthesoilbeforeconstructingtheGiantMineby-passroaddespitebeinginpossessionofastudythatoutlinedhotspotsofthedeadlychemicalbyproductalongtheproposedrouteaccordingtoMLADarylDolynny.MinutesfromaGiantMineworkinggroupre-portfromOct.16indicatethatTransportationofcialsdidzerobaselinesamplingforarsenicbeforestartingconstructionontheHighway4bypassdespiterecommendationsina2008re-portbyQueensUniversitydetailingarsenictri-oxidebuildupinthesoilsaroundthedefunctgoldminethatiscurrentlyundergoingremediation.ThesameworkinggroupreportnotesthatDOTwasawareoftheQueensstudy.ThisisclearevidencethattheDOTfailedtoprovidethenecessaryliabilityaspectsforpoten-tialrisktoworkersandcontractorsarguedtheRangeLakeMLAwhoraisedtheissueintherstdaysoftheLegislativeAssemblysfallsession.TransportationMinisterTomBeaulieuwhosaidhewasnotawareoftheQueensstudyorwhetherornotseniormanagementinthede-partmenthadundertakenanybaselinesamplingsaidheassumediftherewassomedangertheretobuildingthebypassroadthereitwouldnothavebeenbuilt.ButDolynnysaidthepublicwasmisledintobelievingthathigh-riskareaswerebeingvettedbyDOTEnvironmentandNaturalResourcesENRandtheGiantMineremediationteamwhichismanagedbythefederaldepartmentofAboriginalAffairsandNorthernDevelop-mentAANDC.Wewereassuredthattherewasaneyeonsafetyandliabilityaspectsofpotentialrisktoworkersandcontractorshesaid.DuediligencedoneHighwaysdirectorDOTstartedplanstorealigntheroadwayin2006followingwhichconsultationswereheldwiththenearbyFirstNationENRAANDCandtheremediationteamandthesafestroutecho-senfromthreeoptionsaccordingtohighwaysdirectorKevinMcLeod.Whenweweredecidingontheultimatecor-ridoritcamedowntowhatwasthesafestforthepublic.WeaskedtheGiantMineremedia-tionfolkstoputonamapallthehotspotsalltheareasofconcern...andatthattimetherewerenoredagarsenicissuesonthegroundhesaid.AfterthedepartmentwasmadeawareoftheQueensstudyMcLeodsaidadditionaltestingwasdoneontheidentiedproblemareasandexpertsconsultedtodecidenextsteps.Thoseexpertshesaidraisednoissuesintermsofworkersafety.SoIthinkfromaduediligencepointofviewthedepartmenthadalltheexpertiseatthetablestalkedtolotsoffolkstalkedtothevariousexperts-theonewiththemostinfor-mationwasofcoursetheGiantMineremedi-ationteam-andworkedhandinhandwithalltheinformationthatwasavailableatthetimeofsigningthecontractandperformingthecon-tractMcLeodsaid.ExposurelevelslikelylowsafetyboardThenew6-kmstretchfromHighway3totheIngrahamTrailofciallyopenedtotrafcinJanuaryaftertwoyearsofconstruction.Crewscontinueworkingonwideningthelastsectionoftheroadbeforewinterandchipsealinghasyettobecompleted.AccordingtoStephenMossvicepresidentofpreventionserviceswiththeWorkersSafetyandCompensationCommissionWSCCtheWSCCandDOTbothbecameawareofthede-tailsoftheQueensreportatthesamemeetinglastJanuarywheretheyhadtheirrstconver-sationaboutthepotentialforhealthimpactsonconstructionworkers.WhiletheWSCChasbeeninvolvedinmonitoringarsenicexposurewithrespecttocleanupcrewsattheminesiteMosssaidthecommissionhasnotreceivedanyindicationfromDOTthatsuchmonitoringisneededfortheiremployeesandcontractors.Assoonaswegetanindicationthataworkerhasbeenexposedthattheyvetestedoverthethresholdthenwewouldstartmoni-toringtheirprogramquitecloselyhesaid.ThougharsenicisaconcernwhenitcomestothebypassroadMosssaidhedoubtscon-centrationswouldbehighenoughtoharmanyconstructionworkersthoughhewouldneedtoseemoredata.FromtheinformationIvegatheredfromthereportIwouldexpectthatashort-termlow-levelexposurewouldntbeputtingsomebodyinanydegreeofharmIftherewasanimpactwedhaveprobablybeenseeingpeoplecomingdownwithsymptomsofpoisoningandwerenothearinganyofthat.Sowerefairlycon-dentthatthelevelsarentofthenaturethattheyshouldbeoverlyconcernedMosssaid.Clean-upworkersstillshowingelevatedlevelsofarsenicCloseto60clean-upworkersatGiantMinehaveshownelevatedlevelsofarsenicintheirweeklyurinetestssinceAugust2013with26casesthisyeardespitenewsafetyguide-linesimplementedinJanuary.AANDCisboundbylawtoshareallcasesofarseniclevelsabove35partsperbillionor35microgramsperlitreofurinewiththeWSCC.Whilethehumanbodyisabletosuccess-fullyeliminate90percentofthearsenicitisexposedtowithin48hoursMosssaidallexposuretothepoisonousheavymetalisconcerning.Theresnogoodarsenicsoexposuretoitisharmfultoyourbodyhesaid.Lastyearclean-upworkwashaltedwhen31employeespresentedwithelevatedlevels.Workersshowingelevatedlevelswerere-movedfromworkforaweekandmonitoreduntilconcentrationsreturnedtonormal.UnlessDominionisspecialinsomewaythatIamnotawareoftheyshouldbesubjecttothesamerequirements...asotherpermitholders.ToddSlackYellowknivesDeneFirstNationPhotoBillBradenAtruckrollspastGiantMineonthenewbypassroadwhichopenedlastJanuary.Over170millioninsecuritieshaveyettobepostedforDominionsEkatidiamondmine.