Pointe Claire PCB saga: environment ministry demands new cleanup plan from land owners

Five years after toxic PCBs were discovered at the former Reliance Power Equipment company headquarters in Pointe Claire, the province says dangerous toxins still remain on the land.

The Journal de Montréal reports Quebec's Environment Ministry is rejecting a plan drawn up by the owners of the land, a holding company called Juste Investir, to clean it up.

The paper reports a significant portion of the land remains contaminated, and according to the rules, need to be cleaned up as soon as possible. The worry is some of the toxins that remain will seep into the groundwater.

The report suggests the environment department will demand the owners submit a new cleanup plan.

In the late summer of 2013, it was discovered the now-defunct Reliance Power Equipment company at 86 Hymus Blvd. had illegally stored PCB-laden transformers on its land for more than 15 years. 

Juste Investir, a subsidiary of Olymbec, purchased the land in 2015, after the city of Pointe Claire forces its old owners to sell for non-payment of taxes.

The new owners have been fighting orders from the Environment Ministry to have the land decontaminated at its expense since, arguing the old owners neglected to tell them the land was still contaminated.