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A survey of mercury levels within edible plants, fungi and soil in Iqaluit and surrounding areas (149174)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Ryan Bergin
Company: Queen's University
Start Date: 2019-07-30
End Date: 2019-08-15
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
On a trip in 2017, researchers from Queen’s University found elevated mercury levels within an edible mushroom species. In the summer of 2018, researchers assessed multiple plant species and fungal species for elevated mercury concentrations. The literature has shown that mushrooms, especially puffballs bioaccumulate mercury within their fruiting bodies and may transfer it to high trophic levels through consumption. The main objectives in 2019 are to: 1) sample additional plant species that were not collected in 2018 and identify their potential to accumulate mercury, 2) sample in depth fungi species with a focus on puffball species that were found to accumulate high levels of mercury from the 2018 sample collection, 3) collect corresponding fungal mycorrhiza and soil samples to determine if the mercury is being accumulated from the soil or the atmosphere. With help from the Nunavut Research Institute, direct mercury analyzers will be used to test the selected plant, fungi and soil samples for total mercury concentrations. Data will be compiled and statistically analyzed at Queen’s University. Additionally, further insight into additional plant species, with a focus on edible fungi and corresponding soil samples will give insight into the impact this contamination may pose on the health of local human and wildlife population and the main source of this mercury contamination. Although this project is a continuation of the project from 2018, this is the first NPC application being completed because we require soil samples in this years study. Previous years only required sampling plant species and therefore no NPC applications were required.
Persons: 1
Days: 16
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Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2019-06-18
Originator: Ryan Bergin
Public Registry ID: 16708
Document Size: 47.5 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2019-06-12
Originator: Ryan Bergin
Public Registry ID: 16703
Document Size: 3145.41 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-07-02
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 16728
Document Size: 240.66 Kb
2019-06-18 09:47:36, from: Goump Djalogue
 Good Morning Ryan, As discussed please add the applicable authorizing agencies in the licensing section of the application e.g. Nunavut Research Institute (NRI), GN Department of Environment (GN DOE); Nunavut Parks, Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA)… Also, please add any past license/permit or authorization you have obtained last year. Thank you, Goump

2019-06-24 10:02:51, from: Ryan Bergin
 Good morning Goump, I completed the requirements last week and just wanted to make sure that I re-submitted it properly and that you received the updated application? Ryan