February 2, 2004

Survey reveals extensive contamination of soils in Murdochville

MURDOCHVILLE, QUE-The results of a soil sampling program conducted by the consulting firm SCP Environnement for the community of Murdochville have found 19 out of 20 properties tested to be contaminated with copper, molybdenum, arsenic, selenium, lead and zinc. Levels detected were in excess of provincial criteria B (residential), C (commercial/industrial) and D (the maximum level permitted for disposal sites). As a result, the Murdochville Economic Development Council has halted the sale of houses on these properties and has asked Noranda to follow suit for its properties. Murdochville mayor Marc Minville has also made an urgent request to meet with Quebec Premier Jean Charest, as well as with the provincial ministers of environment and of health, to seek full cleanup of the affected properties.
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