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Sewage spill threatens First Nation’s health – CBC

by NationTalk on January 25, 2012440 Views

Sewage spill threatens First Nation’s health

Overflowing sewage plant, over-capacity diesel generator hamper growth in Kasabonika Lake First Nation

Jody Porter CBC News Posted: Jan 25, 2012

First Nations chiefs told the Prime Minister Tuesday their lives are constricted by “layer upon layer of bureaucracy.” In Kasabonika Lake First Nation, an overflowing sewage plant and limited electrical capacity are examples of that.

The First Nation, located 800 kilometres north of Thunder Bay in northwestern Ontario, estimates it’s missing out on more than $9 million worth of jobs and economic opportunities as Aboriginal Affairs delays funding for its sewage plant and diesel generator.

Waste water began spilling into the lake from the community’s sewage plant more than a decade ago. A series of letters provided to CBC by the First Nation show a cycle of Aboriginal Affairs funding studies to fix the problem. It then told the First Nation there is no money to pay for the fix.

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