Study says Canadian coal mines put unparalleled pollution in Montana-bound waters

A tour of Teck’s mines and facilities on Sept. 25, 2019, in Sparwood, British Columbia. Credit: Hunter D’Antuono / Flathead Beacon

WTF Canada!

The concentrations of selenium and nitrate entering the Elk River and Northwest Montana’s Kootenai watershed due to coal-mining operations in British Columbia are likely without measured precedent, according to a new study authored by U.S. Geological Survey scientists.

The mining-related growth of selenium, nitrate, and sulfate concentrations in the Elk River “are among the largest documented increases in the primary literature,” the researchers write. 

LINK (via Montana Free Press)

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