While the clean up of a PCB dump site continues in Pointe-Claire, the Journal de Montreal reports this morning that provincial environment ministry officials had known about the place for 12 years, but never once sent inspectors over to examine the site.
Earlier this month, the government announced that a number of PCB-laden transformers had been removed from Reliance Power Equipment on Hymus and that the clean up of the property would take place over the course of the next several months.
News that PCB's were being stored there only came to light last March after the company reported an oil spill, prompting an emergency response.
The City of Pointe Claire had earlier twice rejected applications from the company for a permit to store PCB's and had won two lawsuits filed by the company trying to overturn the decisions.
The Journal says it has seen the files going back to 2001 showing that the Environment Ministry had detailed knowledge of the storage site, but never acted to ensure there were regular inspections.