U.S. says Canada delaying damning report on B.C. coal mine chemicals in border river

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    Good old earth loving Canadians. All talk and PR, no action. Not just poisoning some Americans minds with our socialism/covert police state, but literally poison...

    U.S. says Canada delaying damning report on B.C. coal mine chemicals in border river

    United States officials are accusing their Canadian counterparts of sitting on damning new data about toxic chemicals from southern British Columbia coal mines in water shared by both countries.

    In a letter to the U.S. State Department, Americans on the International Joint Commission say Canadian members are blocking the release of information on contaminants that are many times above guideline levels.

    “Canadian commissioners have not been willing to submit a report that addresses selenium pollution in transboundary waters of the Kootenai River drainage,” says the letter to the State Department’s director of Canadian affairs.

    The commission was created in 1909 as a way to discuss water that crosses the U.S.-Canada border.

    The B.C. dispute, brewing for decades, burst open in June when the commission’s two Canadian members refused to endorse a report on selenium in the Elk River watershed just north of the border.

    Trace amounts of selenium are healthy, but large doses can lead to gastrointestinal disorders, nerve damage, cirrhosis of the liver and even death in humans. In fish, it causes reproductive failure.

    The report documents increasing selenium in Canadian water flowing into the transboundary Koocanusa reservoir.

    All five waterways in the report have selenium levels at the maximum or above B.C.’s drinking water guidelines. Two are four times higher.
     
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    Canadians bash tiny white baby seals to death every year! They are monsters!
     
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    It's not one of our finer moments and it's an annual "event". On top of us being the largest exporter of asbestos (until a couple of years ago when we cut it back dramatically) to poorer nations, generally poisoning their civilians, our contribution to Mankind, or Peoplekind is not as fabulous as some promote.
     
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    Screw the poisoning of the rivers. The worst is we gave the world Justin Bieber. For that I truly apologize.
     
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    Canada lost all its greatness last October when Gord passed....nobody cares about Canada now.
     
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    Naw, the RCMP abuses sunk Canada long ago, kept us in the Stone Age. Many I've spoken to and read about foreign opinions of the RCMP and our human right record in general are less than stellar in their opinions.
     
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    Ah yes, they should be down here imprisoning infants like civilized people. WWJD!
     
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    If we give you your baby back will you go home?
     

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