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PCB problem in Pointe-Claire more extensive than originally thought

POINTE-CLAIRE — PCB contamination along Hymus Boulevard has reached almost 5 square kilometers, according to a report in the Journal de Montreal.

In August 2013, it was discovered that the illegal toxins were being stored on site at Reliance Power Equipment Ltd. on Hymus Boulevard.

A confidential memo that was leaked Thursday from Environment Minister David Heurtel’s office seems to suggest the problem is much worse than originally reported.

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The Reliance Power Equipment LTd. has been out of business for several years, but old engines have been lying on the ground at the site.

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PCBs — poly chlorinated biphenyls, are industrial chemicals that were used for 50 years before being phased out.

They were popular lubricants because they wouldn’t break down, but that also kept them from being biodegradable, which is why they are no longer in use.

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