Nalcor Energy officials are reviewing the results of an independent, four-year study of current and potential methylmercury levels in the Lake Melville area, as tied to the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.
In a statement this afternoon, Nalcor vice-president and project lead Gilbert Bennett did not indicate any change to existing project plans.
“For many years Nalcor Energy has been studying and closely monitoring methylmercury as it relates to the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric facility. We understand people are concerned. This topic has our full commitment and is extremely important to us,” Bennett said, in the statement.
“Environmental studies for the project have been undertaken by nationally recognized technical experts. The baseline data of current levels in people in the Lake Melville area, as released by Nunatsiavut Government today, appears to be in line with that collected by our technical experts for the project.
“However, we do not predict that creation of the Muskrat Falls reservoir will heighten risk to people in Lake Melville.”
Bennett said Nalcor Energy is committed to monitoring and measuring mercury levels in the environment as long as necessary and plans to “continue to collaborate with regulators and work with stakeholders on this important topic.”
More on what Nalcor Energy ahs gathered on the topic can be found at: muskratfalls.nalcorenergy.com.
The Telegram is set to speak with Bennett directly later today.