PCBs stored illegally in Pointe-Claire
A Pointe-Claire company that has been storing PCB-laced electrical transformers for years has been given less than a week to come up with a plan to dispose of them properly.
The Journal de Montreal says the September 3rd ultimatum is coming 15-years after Reliance Power Equipment began collecting and recycling transformers, without the apparent knowledge of the City of Pointe-Claire and the Quebec Environment Ministry.
The information only came to light last March, when tens of thousands of litres of toxic chemicals was found to have leaked at the site.
The plant is located on Hymus Boulevard in the Pointe-Claire industrial park not far from several schools and residential neighbourhoods.
Reliance now faces the prospect of severe fines and penalties for violations of the Hazardous Materials Act as well as a number of environmental laws, but no charges have been filed.