Serpent River First Nation still feeling effects of acid plant, a simmering mistrust – Anishinabek News

November 16, 2021

SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION– In 1957, Noranda Mines began operation of a sulphuric acid plant in Serpent River First Nation (SRFN) to process the uranium mined from the Elliot Lake area. The plant remained open until 1963. Now, 58 years after the acid plant closed, the issue of environmental damage remains unresolved, as is the matter of compensation to the First Nation.

According to SRFN archives, the establishment of the plant was promoted by the government and Noranda alike as a means “of bringing prosperity to our community and it may have for a small bit,” SRFN Chief Brent Bissaillion said recently.

“The environmental cost [of the plant] has been greater than the minor benefits received at the time,” he added.

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