Brossard company awarded contract to remove Pointe-Claire PCB's
The Marois government has awarded a contract to a Brossard company to remove PCB's stored illegally at Reliance Power Equipment on Hymus Boulevard.
Sanexen Enviromental Services was given the contract without tender.
The Journal de Montreal this morning reports that the government considered the removal urgent and has set a deadline of October 11th to have the electrical transformers taken off the site.
That will take about three days and then the transformers will be trucked to Swan Hills, Alberta for destruction at a specialized incinerator.
The contract is worth about a million dollars, but that's only part of the picture.
Cleaning the site and disposing of toxic soil will cost several million more.
The government has seized the company's assets and expects full payment.
As for the Hydro Quebec transformer found at the site, the power utility is still investigating how it ended up there.
Spokesperson Marie-Hélène Deveault, who would not do a recorded interview, told CJAD 800 News they did find out that the transformer is from 1960. They only started tracing their equipment 17 years later. She added the equipment is not contaminated with PCB's and that it would not have been on their registry anyway.
Hydro had told CJAD 800 News last month that the transformers on the site did not belong to them, that they only did business with certified companies and they never dealt with Reliance.