Town Beach re-opens, beach-goers cautioned
Tim Brody - Editor
The Town Beach in Sioux Lookout has re-opened.
The beach was closed in 2016 following concerns over a sheen on the sand.
The beach remained closed while the source of the contamination was investigated.
According to a joint news release issued by The Municipality of Sioux Lookout and the Northwestern Health Unit, “Testing shows the remaining sheen and wood flakes may contain substances that come from crude oil or the incomplete burning of materials such as coal, wood, or garbage. These materials can be harmful if a person spends a lot of time playing in or touching the material or if they eat or drink the material in significant amounts.”
Municipal manager of Development Services, Jody Brinkman stated, “Although the beach can now be used safely visitors may still occasionally encounter the black wood flakes and sheen in the water and on the sand therefore the municipality of Sioux Lookout will continue to clean the beach and individuals can call 807-737-2700 ext. 2244 if they have concerns.”
The Northwestern Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kit Young-Hoon shared, “We’re suggesting people watch children more closely than normal so they avoid playing in, eating or drinking the material.”
The joint news release suggests beach-goers should wash with soap and water if they, their equipment or beach toys happen to come into contact with the substance.