An environmental group is criticizing the government for its handling of the Lac-Mégantic, Que., cleanup, and says the province is not releasing enough information about the environmental contamination.
Nearly 5.7 million litres of crude oil spilled out of derailed train cars and leached into the water, soil and air of Lac-Mégantic following the July 6 disaster.
But the government has yet to release any information about the potentially harmful contaminants in that oil and their effect on the environment.
The Quebec environmental group Société pour vaincre la pollution (SVP) took matters into its own hands and tested samples from the Chaudière River, which runs through town, a week after the train derailment.
About 5.7 million litres of crude oil spilled into the air, water and soil in Lac-Mégantic, Que.About 5.7 million litres of crude oil spilled into the air, water and soil in Lac-Mégantic, Que. (CBC)
The SVP released those results today, which suggest a severe impact on water quality and soil in the affected area.
The analysis suggests extremely high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a figure 394,444 times the standard acceptable for surface waters mandated by the provincial government.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are potential carcinogens materials commonly found in crude oil.
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