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Alberta cuts funding for acid-rain tests

Alberta cuts funding for acid-rain tests

Edmonton — The Canadian Press
Aug. 18, 2009

Alberta has cut funding for tests to determine how much acid rain is falling in the oil sands region around Fort McMurray, according to a government document obtained by The Canadian Press.

The cut went ahead even though the briefing note for the province's Environment Minister dated Aug. 11 acknowledges acid rain is falling on the energy boomtown.

The note adds that precipitation falling in northeastern Alberta has a "similar" acidity to that falling downwind in Saskatchewan.

A government spokesman said the lab analysis hasn't been cut, only rescheduled.

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