Canada, Quebec: The city confirmed that PCBs had been detected at the Reliance Power Equipment Ltd. site in Pointe-Claire, where leaking transformers and containers were removed last year.
“The former minister told everybody last year that they will decontaminate everything, but [Monday] evening in a communique, the ministry reconfirmed that intention to decontaminate the site.” Robert Weemaes, Pointe-Claire’s city manager, told CBC’s Daybreak.
Last year, the environment ministry confirmed the company had been keeping transformers full of the dangerous chemicals unsupervised in its yard for 15 years. The ministry added that 800-1,200 litres of oily liquid containing large concentrations of PCBs leaked from Reliance's property in March 2013.
The recently-discovered contamination has been confirmed to come from the ground at the site, but is considered “light.” The next steps will include obtaining an evaluation of the drainage network at the site by the end of August and beginning the process of decontamination required by mid-September.
Source: CBC News