Harper commits up to $95 million for Lac-Megantic decontamination

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is committing up to $95 million in federal funds to help decontaminate Lac-Megantic's water and soil.

Harper says the money is part of a 50-50 cost-shared agreement with Quebec.

The prime minister made the announcement in Lac-Megantic today accompanied by federal cabinet minister Christian Paradis and the town's mayor, Colette Roy-Laroche.

The federal government says Quebec has estimated the clean-up costs after last summer's deadly train derailment at $190 million.

A train carrying vast quantities of crude oil careened off the tracks last July, killing 47 people and destroying much of Lac-Megantic's downtown core.

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