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Dumping of iron in B.C. condemned

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VANCOUVER -- Delegates at an international meeting in London have condemned the dumping of more than 100 tonnes of iron off British Columbia's northwest coast, raising the ire of the lawyer for the First Nation involved in the project.

He called the declaration "irresponsible."

The condemnation came Friday in the form of a statement from delegates in a meeting of the United Nations' International Maritime Organization, a body that expressed "grave concern" over the ocean fertilization project undertaken in July by the Haida Salmon Restoration Corp.

According to the statement, ocean fertilization should not be allowed under international convention, except for legitimate scientific research, because there are human health concerns and the potential for "widespread, long-lasting and severe impacts" for the ocean's environment.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 3, 2012 A24

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