Former illegal PCB storage site – Rehabilitation work will begin in the spring
The rehabilitation of the former illegal polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) storage site in Pointe-Claire by the owner, Juste Investir, has been confirmed by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) and will take place next spring.
“We recently received confirmation from the Ministère that the new rehabilitation plan filed by Juste Investir, which purchased the site due to unpaid taxes, has been accepted. This step will put a definitive end to this case for everyone’s benefit,” said the Mayor of Pointe-Claire, John Belvedere.
On July 30, a new rehabilitation plan with a timeline was filed with the MDDELCC by Juste Investir for this illegal storage site used by Reliance Power Equipment Ltd. This new plan complies with the ministerial order served to Juste Investir requiring that a rehabilitation plan, including the excavation of all soil contaminated beyond prescribed limits on the site located at 86-88 Hymus Boulevard and the adjacent lots, be filed within 45 days. The ministerial order also requires that concrete slabs at the building that are contaminated beyond acceptable standards be dismantled and that an environmental follow-up of the rehabilitation work be performed to determine its effectiveness.
The site has not been a danger to the population since January 2014, but it must be rehabilitated in accordance with ministerial orders.
“For over five years, the City and the government have maintained the same commitment and determinationfor the site to be made secure, which has been achieved, then rehabilitated, which will be done. Even if the wait has been long, especially due to our obligation to respect the rights and legal recourses of all parties in these proceedings, we are as determined as ever to have this situation fully and definitively resolved,” stated Mayor Belvedere.
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