Pointe Claire calls for swift action on PCBs
Pointe Claire's mayor and his councillors issued a brief but to the point statement to the Quebec government, demanding it take action to remove the PCBs if the company Reliance Power Equipment fails to do so - and they want it done right away.
In the meantime, mayor Bill McMurchie said they will continue to watch over the site 24/7 to ensure security.
"Council will be vigilant as long as the illegal storage of toxic products exists. In our opinion, risk will exist until Reliance and any adjacent site that could have been contaminated is declared safe," McMurchie told reporters at a midnight news conference outside the company on Hymus.
McMurchie said they also want all information from here on in related to the clean up made public: the timetable of steps leading to the decontamination, information from the public health department about the health hazards of the operation, contamination levels.
McMurchie said complaints were made to the ministry and doesn't understand why it took so long for the province to act.
McMurchie insisted they told the environment ministry about the toxic leak back in March and that they believe it was being followed up by the ministry since it was their jurisdiction, though he did not address the matter of why the city didn't inform residents itself.
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