MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada, April 11, 2002 (ENS) - Montreal's Technoparc Saint-Laurent near Dorval Airport site is spewing toxic chemicals into the St. Lawrence River, including PCB in concentrations that exceed government guidelines by more than 8.5 million times, according to a private, nonprofit investigative organization.
"We've investigated the site, identified the contaminants and their sources, and confirmed that the hazardous substances coming from the site are harmful to fish and other aquatic biota," says EBI executive director and lawyer Mark Mattson. "This report is real evidence of a real environmental crime. Now it's in the hands of Environment Canada's police force."
Mattson and SVP Executive Director Daniel Green have expressed their concerns to government officials in the past - most recently after discovering a 400-metre long toxic slick running down the St. Lawrence River in January.
"Leachate from the Technoparc site is one of the most significant sources of PCBs and other toxic chemicals such as PAHs [polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons] in the St. Lawrence," says Daniel Green. "Today's report gives Environment Canada the grounds it needs to launch a Fisheries Act investigation."
Green's claim is supported by an expert paper prepared by biologist David Dillenbeck and included in the report. "Remedial measures must be taken to protect and upgrade the water quality of the St. Lawrence River," Dillenbeck concludes.
Société pour Vaincre la Pollution has been actively protecting the St. Lawrence River for more than 30 years. EBI - Canada's only environmental group solely dedicated to investigating pollution crimes for the purposes of criminal prosecutions - began monitoring the Technoparc site in the fall of 2000.
The call for an investigation into contamination from the Technoparc site is supported by other noted environmental groups such as Save the River and Lake Ontario Keeper.
The full report of the Environmental Investigation Bureau is online at: http://www.e-b-i.net/ebi/index.cfm?DSP=content&ContentID=3950