Reliance gets 24 hr final notice to clean PCBs
The West Island company in trouble for illegally storing PCBs now has 24 hours to say they will unconditionally comply with the Quebec government's demand to clean everything up safely.
Quebec's environment minister said he has given his final warning to Reliance Power Equipment in Pointe Claire.
Yves-François Blanchet said if it were up to him, there'd be no last chance.
"It's a matter of law. We have to provide them with a minimum delay to provide us with an answer that they intend to do exactly as we ask," Blanchet told reporters at a news conference during the PQ caucus in the Gaspé.
Blanchet said they served final legal notice to the company which needs to answer with a definite yes by 10:25 tomorrow morning.
"And I doubt that such an answer will come in such an acceptable fashion," Blanchet added.
So Blanchet said their environment crews will be on site in the morning to start the clean up process, that includes putting in fire detection and extinguishing systems and pinpointing the toxic substances so they can determine how to dispose of them safely, either onsite or carrying them offsite.
Blanchet said securing the site should take a couple of days, and cleaning up the site several weeks, then the much longer process of decontamination follows. Costs are expected to be in the millions, with the government ready to seize the company's assets to cover some of it. Criminal charges are also possible.
The minister said they don't know whose electrical transformers are on the site or which client Reliance was dealing with. The company recycles and resells electrical transformers.
Hydro Quebec told CJAD 800 News that the transformers are not theirs.
Hydro said they've never dealt with Reliance and only deal with certified companies.
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