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Montreal Technoparc

Chemical cocktail leaking into Montreal river system
A watchdog set up to protect the environment in North America has released a report claiming up to eight million litres of diesel and two tonnes of hazardous PCBs have leaked into a Canadian river.  edie.net environmental news   July 7/2008

PCBs, fuel leaking into St. Lawrence River, pollution watchdog says
Environmental watchdog, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, makes public its five-year investigation into the Technoparc site.  Globe and Mail   June 24/2008

Watchdog sitting on PCB report, group says
The Commission for Environmental Co-operation has completed an investigation intended to prove or disprove a claim that the Canadian government isn’t protecting aquatic life from a deadly chemical linked to cancer.  Globe and Mail   March 6/2008

Martin announces $1-billion water cleanup
A Liberal government would invest $500 million to restore degraded and threatened areas across the entire region of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, including Montreal’s Technoparc and Hamilton Harbour, as part of a $1-billion cleanup initiative.
CBC News  January 7/2006

Prime Minister announces clean-up strategy for the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes
The Liberal Prime Minister announces a four-part strategy to preserve a number of Canada’s ecosystems and improve Canada’s long-term health and biodiversity.
Liberal Party of Canada  January 7/2006

CEC Secretariat seeks information for Montreal Technoparc fatual record
Canada under investigation by NAFTA watchdog.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation  February 11/2005

CEC releases its plan to develop a factual record for Montreal Technoparc submission Execution of the overall plan will begin Oct. 1, 2004.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation  September 21/2004

NAFTA watchdog urges probe of Montreal dump
The NAFTA environmental watchdog is recommending that possible breaches of pollution laws be investigated at a former dump near downtown Montreal.
The Globe and Mail   April 28/2004

Secretariat recommends factual record for Montreal Technoparc submission
The Secretariat hereby informs the Council that the Secretariat considers that the submission, in light of the Party’s response, warrants developing a factual record and provides its reasons.  Commission for Environmental Cooperation  April 27/2004

Technoparc submission warrants factual record
The Secretariat hereby informs the Council that the Secretariat considers that the submission, in light of the Party’s response, warrants developing a factual record and provides its reasons.  Commission for Environmental Cooperation  April 19/2004

Montreal Technoparc: the CEC receives a response from Canada
According to Canada, the investigation succeeded in gathering all the evidence required to establish an offense, except the identity of the person or persons responsible for the deposits.  Commission for Environmental Cooperation  November 21/2003

Watchdog watching St. Lawrence River PCBs
Groups protesting high levels of PCBs in the St. Lawrence River have caught the ear of the Canada-U.S.-Mexico environmental watchdog agency.  The Gazette   September 21/2003

CEC requests response from Canada to the Montreal Technoparc submission
The government of Canada has up to 60 days to respond to allegations that it failed to effectively enforce the federal Fisheries Act in regard to the alleged discharge of toxic pollutants into the St. Lawrence River from Montreal’s Technoparc site.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation  September 17/2003

International commission demands answers from Canadian government for Technoparc PCB contamination
The Commission on Environmental Cooperation has asked the Canadian government to address charges it has failed to enforce the Fisheries Act for discharges of toxic wastes into the St. Lawrence River at a polluted landfill site in downtown Montreal.
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper  September 16/2003

CEC supports submission on Montreal Technoparc (PDF format)
The Secretariat requests a response from the Government of Canada to charges that it has failed to enforce the Fisheries Act for discharges into the St. Lawrence River.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation  September 15/2003

Environmentalists led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. apply pressure over leaking PCBs Environmental groups supported by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are seeking to exert pressure in a controversy over PCBs leaking into the St. Lawrence River near the Victoria Bridge.  Montreal Gazette   August 22/2003

NAFTA asked to probe Montreal toxic leak
Environmental groups [including the Environmental Bureau of Investigation] have asked NAFTA’s ecological watchdog to investigate toxic sludge loaded with PCBs leaking into the St. Lawrence River near Montreal.   CBC News   August 22/2003

Submission to the CEC on Montreal Technoparc (PDF format)
The federal government of Canada has failed to enforce its environmental laws with respect to various pollutants being discharged into the St. Lawrence River from the Technoparc site.  EBI and other environmental groups  August 18/2003

Canadian officials ignore PCB pollution on St. Lawrence River
Aug. 17, 2003: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. called today for an international probe into an ongoing PCB spill on the St. Lawrence River.  Waterkeeper Alliance  August 17/2003

Public needs updates on PCBs
“As readers read this, PCBs are seeping out of the riverbank and into one of Canada’s most important rivers.”  Montreal Gazette   July 1/2002

Toxic leak at ‘astronomical levels’
“Ottawa investigates Montreal over poisons seeping from former dump into St. Lawrence River.”  Montreal Gazette   April 27/2002

Environmentalists find toxic slick in St. Lawrence
“Samples taken from the St. Lawrence River during earlier investigations at the Technoparc reveal PCBs discharging from the site at levels measuring 368 parts per billion – thousands of times government guidelines.”  H20 Info News   January 30/2002

Damming toxins won’t help
The author refers to the Hudson River PCB project in response to EBI’s announcement that the toxins are pouring out of Montreal’s Technoparc into the St. Lawrence River.  Montreal Gazette   January 29/2002

Environmentalists find toxic slick in St. Lawrence River
“If Environment Canada does not initiate an official investigation now and hold those responsible for this crime accountable, then environmental laws in this country do not mean anything,” says Mattson.   ENS   January 23/2002

Pollution au Technoparc
this article is in french  La Presse   January 22/2002

Probe oil slick on river: groups
“Environmental groups are calling on the federal government to launch a criminal investigation of the city of Montreal after spotting a 400-metre-long toxic oil slick flowing into the St. Lawrence River on Sunday.”  Montreal Gazette   January 22/2002

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