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Sydney Tar Ponds

This is a view of the North Tar Pond in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. This area was industrialised and prosperous because of the coal mines and steelworks which thrived there for over a century. The industries have now gone, leaving behind high unemployment and environmental damage. Nominated by some as the most polluted place on earth, Sydney Tar Ponds are open to the tides and flow into Sydney's harbour. The land and water are heavily polluted with arsenic, lead and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). Some activists blame the Tar Ponds on the high mortality rate in Cape Breton, which is 16% higher than the national average and on other problems in the area (see http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/tarponds/) An ambitious plan to rehabilitate the area is planned. See http://tarpondscleanup.ca/reports/Project_Description_Executive_Summary.pdf