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Conservative gov't closing key environmental monitoring station: Queen's University expert

2012-05-23

Queen’s University environmental studies professor John Smol is available to talk about today’s announcement the Conservative government is closing a key environmental monitoring station in Kenora, Ont., called the Experimental Lakes Area.

Dr. Smol says the decision to shut it down the facility, which has a world-renowned reputation, is a travesty. It is run by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and is important because the data collected there helps make environmental policy-based decisions.

"The long-term data that scientists at Experimental Lakes Area have gathered over the decades are respected internationally for their quality and impact. The ELA program was recognized nationally and internationally as a gold standard for this type of work. Whether they acknowledge it or not, politicians desperately need these data for evidence-based policy decisions. Now more than ever we need such coordinated, long-term programs. This is a travesty not just for Canada but the world,” says Dr. Smol.

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