Mayor pleads for funds from security bond to stop blowing dust

Town of Wabush across Jean Lake. Image from Wikipedia.

Dust from the abandoned Wabush iron mine in Newfoundland and Labrador are blowing through a small township, and the mayor is urging the province to release funds from the company's security bond to clean up the site.

Mayor Colin Vardy has been told by provincial officials that air monitoring stations don't detect an air pollution problem, but Vardy has trouble believing the results:

"When I walk through the community and I can feel the dust on my teeth and I can feel it in my mouth and I can feel it in my nose," said Vardy, adding the town is urging the provincial government to intervene and release funds from a security bond paid by the company of about C$50 million ($40 million) to cover mitigation costs.

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