April 28, 2004

The Globe and Mail

NAFTA watchdog urges probe of Montreal dump
by Martin Mittelstaedt

The NAFTA environmental watchdog is recommending that possible breaches of pollution laws be investigated at a former dump near downtown Montreal. The dump, located at the city’s Technoparc site and used for nearly 100 years for industrial and household waste, is allegedly leaking polychlorinated biphenyls and other dangerous pollutants into the St. Lawrence River.

Citizens groups asked the Commission for Environmental Co-operation to review whether Ottawa failed to enforce water-pollution laws against the dump, now owned by the City of Montreal.

The CEC says it will launch such an investigation if two of the three NAFTA countries – the United States, Mexico, and Canada – approve of this action.