Canada Police Handed Evidence of Montreal Toxics
Environment News Service
MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada- 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
These findings are part of a report presented today to members
of Environment Canada's police force, concluding an 18 month
investigation into toxic discharges from the Technoparc
near Montreal's Victoria Street Bridge. The investigation
was conducted by the Environmental Bureau of Investigation
(EBI) at the request of Sociéte pour Vaincre la Pollution
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
Technoparc is a 30 million square foot site about 15 minutes
from downtown Montreal, near Dorval Airport where about
5,000 people work in research for aerospace, telecommunications,
pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies. It was built
over the past five years on the site of a former waste dump
on the shore of the St. Lawrence River.
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.
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
Federal laws such as the Canada Fisheries Act prohibit the
discharge of toxic levels of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)
and PAHs into waterways like the St. Lawrence River. PCB
contamination of the St. Lawrence River has negatively affected
beluga whale populations and has made eating fish in the
river a public health risk.
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
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