Federal government speaks out against Montreal sewage dump

MONTREAL – The federal government is asking the City of Montreal to stop its plan to dump eight billion litres of raw sewage into the Saint-Lawrence River.

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Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel read a statement by Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq in Montreal stating that the federal environment department wants to do further studies on the possible negative impacts of the sewage dump.

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At a press conference Monday afternoon, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre told reporters “we don’t have a choice.”

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The dump is the equivalent of 2,600 Olympic sized swimming pools, but Coderre insisted anyone who relies on the Saint-Lawrence for their drinking water will have nothing to fear.

Officials said the dump was necessary for the demolition of the Bonaventure Expressway.

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