Xstrata Zinc Canada has operated a Lead Smelter within the community of Belledune NB, for over 40 years. Soil testing results indicated a need for further study, and as a result, Xstrata Zinc commissioned a detailed soil study in 2007, to provide a thorough, definative evaluation of soils in the area. The study involved a comprehensive design, including bioaccessability testing and risk assessment. An overview of various aspects and challenges of the project will be provided.
Christine Moore, M.Sc.
Senior Scientist, Intrinsik Environmental Sciences Inc.
Ms. Moore has over 18 years of experience in environmental and human toxicology and risk assessment. She is an adjunct professor at the School for Resources and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ms. Moore has directed numerous wide area assessments of possible human and/or ecological risks associated with large scale contaminated industrial sites (e.g., former military bases), as well as the assessment of residential areas potentially affected by historical or existing industrial activities from mining, smelting, power generating or oil refining facilities. Many of the projects managed by Ms. Moore have required extensive interaction with stakeholder groups including the public, environmental organizations, media, and various levels of regulatory agencies.