Montreal’s proposal to dump raw sewage into St. Lawrence River panned

Montreal’s proposal to dump raw sewage into St. Lawrence River panned

MONTREAL — The City of Montreal is standing by its plan to dump eight billion litres of untreated wastewater into the St. Lawrence River, saying it remains the best alternative.

The one−week sewage dump is part of work being done to relocate a snow chute as part of its ongoing plan to raze the downtown Bonaventure Expressway.

Mayor Denis Coderre is telling reporters today he’s confident that city officials have gone through the options and that this is the best one.

However, the plan is being met by lots of opposition, with federal election candidates and a U.S. state senator weighing in. There is also a petition with 55,000 signatures.

Environment Canada has yet to sign off on the work, which is expected to start Oct. 18, but the provincial Environment Department already has.

Coderre says the same type of procedure has been done twice previously — in 2003 and 2007 — without issue.

The Canadian Press

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