February 15, 2018 3:08 pm
Updated: March 19, 2019 8:59 pm

H2S ruled out of mysterious leak at Unity, Sask.

Many people in Unity, Sask., became ill on Jan. 2 after they were overcome by a mysterious odour.

Dayne Winter / Global News

Residents of Unity, Sask., can now breathe a sigh of relief.

An investigation into a gas leak at a nearby waste disposal facility has concluded that compounds in the air on the evening of Jan. 2 were not hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a potentially deadly gas.

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In a release from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Economy, air samples show the emissions were a mixture of petroleum hydrocarbons and sulfur-based compounds and this would explain the symptoms residents said they experienced.

According to the government, due to the low levels and short-term exposure to the compounds, no serious or long-term health effects are expected.

A full report on this incident is expected in the next several weeks and will outline what needs to be addressed to avoid a similar situation.

Unity is approximately 175 kilometres west of Saskatoon.

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