Pointe Claire company can't afford PCB cleanup
It appears taxpayers might have to foot the bill for cleaning up the PCBs that had been illegally stored at Pointe Claire's Reliance Power Equipment.
CTV News has learned the company can't afford the cleanup costs — which means the Quebec government will have to pay for the cleanup, and seize Reliance's assets.
Initially, the company thought the cost of the cleanup would be $3 to $4 million dollars. The actual cost will be about double that.
Harry Baikowitz, a consultant for Reliance, who's also the chemist that's been dealing with the cleanup, says they found out about the cleanup costs last week as they began the work.
"We worked with the environmental department. We had a plan of action all agreed upon with some tweaks on it," Baikowitz said, "and then the surprise came in when the environmental company that was going to do all the work told us that the cost will be $7 to $8 million."
Taxpayers would have to shoulder roughly $5 million of that, once the government's seizes Reliance's property.