The BC Government has released an update on their efforts to remediate the former Midway Mine site near Cranbrook.
The province released this year’s report on their Crown Contaminated Sites Program, detailing work done over the past two years to investigate sites contaminated by historic industrial activities.
The Midway mine was an underground lead-zinc mine operating 30 kilometres west of Cranbrook between 1933 and 1962.
The site is currently in remedial planning and environmental investigations have been ongoing since 2005 to delineate the source of contamination.
A recent assessment found risks to aquatic life and wildlife to be acceptably low.
However, there was concern over occasional visitors accessing waste rock areas.
A remedial options analysis was completed four years ago, which recommended constructing a storm water detention pond for contaminants and cover the waste rock with rock drainage crushed rock.
– Files from the BC Government. Picture from Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development