Illegal storage of Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) in Hymus Boulevard facility must be removed as early as this weekend says Mayor Bill McMurchie
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McMurchie assured there was no present threat to Lac St. Louis, despite concerns raised by residents.
It took five months for Reliance Power Equipment Ltd. to finally concede to Quebec environmental authorities, thus beginning the process of removal of PCB-contaminated electronic transformers as early as this weekend.
Even with the sudden vow of conformity, Pointe Claire’s council remain skeptical of the company’s promise.
“The elected officials of city council acknowledge Reliance’s decision to conform to the order placed by the [MDDEFP] but are certainly surprised and skeptical about this last minute position. We hope this doesn’t constitute a stalling tactic to avoid or obtain a delay to the detriment of the population’s health and safety,” Mayor McMurchie told reporters at a press conference, Friday.
It’s expected Reliance will assume the responsibility of the PCB removal, under government supervision, as well as install several protective devices, such as intrusion equipment and fire detection and extinction equipment.
“It is our hope that the company will have significant financial resources to achieve the operation. If there is any sign of slowing down, the minister, as he committed this morning, will promptly act and take immediate acts to prevent any delays,” said the mayor.
Pointe Claire will not expend any resources and will continue to monitor the company’s removal of the contaminated equipment, the mayor said.