New By-Law Re: Beardmore Ward Water Wells

At the January 18, 2021 Regular Meeting of Council, Council passed By-Law 21-04 being a By-Law to Prohibit the Use of Private Water Wells in the Municipality of Greenstone, Beardmore Ward.

The by-law prohibits the use and/or construction of private water wells within the Beardmore Ward of the Municipality of Greenstone with the exception of the Tansleyville area.

The Northern Empire Mine operated near Beardmore from 1934 to 1941 and ceased operations in 1942. The mine has established an attenuation zone which is an area where the discharge of contaminants from the site has affected the groundwater in the area making the groundwater unsafe to drink.

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP) recommended the adoption of a by-law to prevent anyone in the area from installing a private well for potable use because of the presence of dissolved arsenic. Surface and groundwater monitoring is continuing.

The Municipality of Greenstone needs to ensure that no private potable groundwater sources are in use, constructed or proposed within the area of any affected groundwater to protect the public from health issues.

For further information contact;

Stephen Mykulak
Director – Planning & Protective Services

P 807-854-1100 ext 2027

C 807-853-0874

Friday, January 22, 2021