Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Raw Sewage Dumped Into St. Lawrence Near Montreal

From The CBC:

A major airplane engine manufacturer dumped raw sewage in the St. Lawrence River off Montreal's south shore for several years with the government's knowledge, according to a CBC/Radio-Canada investigation.

Local municipalities were kept in the dark about the practice, despite health risks associated with high levels of fecal coliform in the sewage.

The dumping, which persisted for five years, was caused by a cracked sanitary pipe leaking into the storm sewer system at Pratt & Whitney's Longueuil plant.

The CBC News investigation also found a toilet at the plant was hooked up directly to the storm sewer system, which is only supposed to carry rainwater.

An anonymous e-mail sent by a Pratt & Whitney employee to CBC prompted the investigation.

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