Government crews on standby at Reliance Power Equipment
Reliance Power Equipment in Pointe Claire was given until later this morning to say it was going to safely clean up toxic waste on its compound.
But the owner has apparently taken some action. And it doesn't involve moving out PCBs.
Media cameras caught a man going inside the Reliance Power Equipment building on Hymus Boulevard and making off with several boxes.
The person identified himself as a friend of the owner while the Journal de Montreal says he's the son.
The report also says he went into the backlot and with some help, took out some materials.
Police monitoring the site apparently had no mandate to stop him.
Government crews are ready to step in and begin securing the site, the first step in the clean up process.
Quebec's environment minister said he was legally bound to give the company a delay to finally respond.
He indicates it could take several weeks to get rid of the toxic materials, then much longer to decontaminate the site, the whole process costing millions of dollars.
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