“The public (does) not have any confidence the (government) can be trusted to fund and actively manage the site forever as proposed,” said the board’s report last June.
The board recommended a 100-year limit on the time the arsenic can be kept frozen underground. It also said the plan must be reviewed every 20 years.
All those suggestions have survived a consultation process with federal bureaucrats, and have made it into the final draft of the board’s recommendations, submitted this week.
“The board carefully weighed what it got from those parties,” said board manager Alan Ehrlich. “We believe that their underlying interests remain in the recommended measures.”
The recommendations now go before Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt.
The latest cost estimate for the entire project is $903 million — all which will be paid by taxpayers.