Province's dispute with mill owner threatens to delay Grassy Narrows cleanup - 2017-05-30
A dispute has broken out over who should pay to search for possible mercury contamination on and near the pulp and paper mill property upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation.
On Monday, Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change said it intends to order Domtar, the current mill owner, to find out whether mercury is still leaking from the mill property into the nearby Wabigoon River in northern Ontario.
Domtar fired back, saying it will start legal proceedings to halt the order and adding it is concerned the province is "seeking to transfer its responsibilities for the management of historical mercury contamination associated with the mill site in Dryden to an innocent bystander."
Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister said he is worried that "a fight over the bill" will distract from the effort to find what is causing elevated mercury levels.