Quebec's environment ministry is warning Verdun it will take the borough to court if it doesn't deal with a pile of contaminated soil, very quickly.
After the environment ministry heard reports that a 1500 ton pile of contaminated soil was dumped by the St.Lawrence River, in the park across from the Douglas hospital, they inspected the grounds and sent a warning to the Verdun borough saying the soil must be removed immediately, or they’ll start legal proceedings.
“The soil has no reason to be there, the area was unacceptable for snow, so it’s not any better for contaminated soil. It needs to be removed immediately, we will ask that they give us a plan as soon as possible,” Luc St-Martin, spokesperson for the ministry told CJAD.
St-Martin said in January, when the ministry closed a snow dump in that area, it discovered the soil and asked the borough then to deal with it properly. He says they did not know it was contaminated.
An investigation has been opened to gather proof that could be used in court against Verdun.