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Canada's lakes, ponds turning into mining dumps

Lakes and ponds across Canada will become junkyards for mining companies now that Ottawa has allowed Aur Resources Inc. (TSX:AUR) to dump waste into two Newfoundland water outlets, environmental critics said Friday.

Trout Pond and an unnamed lake near Buchans in central Newfoundland were approved last month to serve as dumping grounds for the tailings from the company's Duck Pond copper-zinc operation.

"It is precedent-setting across the country," said Joan Kuyek, national co-ordinator with MiningWatch Canada, based in Ottawa.