It will likely wait until after the federal election before knowing the outcome of the crisis of the discharge of wastewater into the St. Lawrence River. The Federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq just decreed a “temporary order” to prevent rejection due to start in four days and appoint an independent expert to conduct a scientific examination of the file.
The political Lieutenant Harper in Quebec Denis Lebel made the announcement this afternoon on his behalf at a news conference in Saguenay.
“My department has determined that the environmental impacts of the proposed spill may be significant. In addition, the City of Montreal has not done studies on the potential impacts of this spill eight billion liters of raw sewage in particular. Finally, the data are limited, Environment Canada can not confirm if untreated wastewater that must be discharged have a degree of acute toxicity, “said Minister Aglukkaq in statement read by Minister Lebel.
“An independent scientific review by a third party will guarantee the best possible protection of the St. Lawrence River,” she added.