New science from Harvard University shows that the Muskrat Falls hydro dam will cause methylmercury contamination in Lake Melville, an ecologically-significant waterway.
Contaminating the wild food that thousands of Labrador Inuit rely on. And exposing hundreds of Inuit to methylmercury levels that exceed Health Canada guidelines, for generations. This will violate Inuit rights and fundamental human rights.
Methylmercury is a dangerous poison that can cause brain impairment in children, including IQ deficits, attention deficit behaviour, and memory and visual problems. For adults, it can increase heart attack risk. It accumulates in the food web, reaching higher and higher concentrations in fish, seals and other wild foods.
While methylmercury accumulates in Inuit territory, Inuit communities will see no benefits from Muskrat Falls. Despite high levels of energy insecurity along the Labrador Inuit coast, all of the power is being exported out of the region.
Nalcor Energy predicted no significant downstream impacts of the dam. Credible and independent new evidence shows that their predictions were wrong.