QC government taking over Reliance site
The Environment Minister Yves-François Blanchet announced Tuesday morning that the government will take over responsibility for removing the toxic PCBs from the storage site in Pointe-Claire.
The ministry is seizing Reliance Power Equipment's assets and is taking over the site to start the cleanup of the PCBs it has been illegally storing, after it failed to do so quickly enough.
Within the next 48 hours PCBs will start being moved off the Reliance site and a fence will be put up around it.
The Minister Yves-François Blanchet says they don't know how much taxpayers will have to pay for the clean up until they can determine how much Reliance Power is worth and if it can cover the bill.
“I am not very confident that we will get all the money,” Blanchet said. “But I am confident that we will send the bills and I am confident that we will ask people to pay for their responsibilities. What we the citizens will have to pay, I don’t know yet.”
The cost of cleaning and transporting the PCBs is estimated at 3 million dollars but the cost to decontaminate the soil is still to be determined.
There is still no word where the PCB laden transformers came from but an inquiry is in progress and criminal charges could be made to Reliance Power and their clients.
The Environment Minister also said they will be relooking at municipal and provincial procedures to prevent this from happening again.