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Quebec government downplays Lac-Megantic pollution


The Canadian Press

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 3:43 -

The Quebec government is downplaying concerns about environmental damage from the Lac-Megantic train disaster.

File photo // Wikimedia Commons

File photo // Wikimedia Commons

The province's environment department has released a series of charts listing the level of various pollutants in the water and air in the area.

It says the statistics show, in most cases, a return to the concentration levels present before the July 6 accident.

The government says only its own statistics will be released on the Environment Department website -- not those compiled by third parties.

That announcement comes one day after the release of a report by an NGO, linked to Greenpeace, that detected an astronomical level of pollutants in the neighbouring Chaudiere River.

For instance, the NGO report announced a presence of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons more than 394,000 times greater at the water surface than the limit considered safe by the Environment Department.

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