Cumberland North MLA wants clamming area issues resolved and sites reopened

May 30, 2018 at 8:38 am

Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says all levels of government must work together to find out why Seagrove and Cameron beaches are too often closed for clamming. She wants to find a solution so the area can be reopened.

Areas along the Northumberland shoreline between Seagrove and Cameron Beach have been closed for three decades due to contamination. Smith-McCrossin says that she has been working on this issue for over a year and has yet to get a clear answer on why these closures continue.

“I have personally tried to get to the bottom of these clamming closures and each time I am bounced from department to department, all blaming each other and giving different answers,” says Smith-McCrossin. “I am disappointed that the federal government isn’t investing in the economy of northern Nova Scotia and getting to the bottom of these contamination issues.”

Smith-McCrossin and County Councillor Joe VanVulpen hosted a public meeting on Monday evening at the Northport Community Centre to discuss these closures. Though both the provincial and federal government were invited to attend, there was no representation from the provincial government.

“These closures have been chronic and incredibly frustrating for the people here,” says Smith-McCrossin. “The government needs to step up and show the people they are listening and are taking steps to solve this problem.”

Smith-McCrossin is calling for the federal government to give residents a comprehensive outline of what is being done and why closures to these areas continue.