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Dust studies intensify at Mary River iron mine – The Peterborough Examiner

Controversy surrounding dust from the Mary River iron mine on Baffin Island has swirled for several years.

Some local hunters and campers reported to various media outlets that they were concerned about the “blood red” dust from iron ore extraction that coats animals, the nearby ground and water, and potentially contaminates the environment, which may deter animals from their natural migration patterns.

In response to the outcry, Baffinland Iron Mines agreed to a Dust Audit Committee to “resolve outstanding issues… including dust-related issues” and invited five communities to participate: Clyde River, Arctic Bay Sanirajak, Iglulik and Pond Inlet, which is the nearest community to the site, approximately 160 km away.

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