Media advisory about the Shannon TCE water contamination and its pending class action lawsuit

    Date :   Friday January 30 2009

    Time :   9:30am

    Place :  Offices of Charles Veilleux & Associés,
             Avocats, LL.P., s.e.n.c.r.l.,
             1040 Avenue Belvédère, bureau 204
             Québec, (Québec) G1S 3G3
             Conference Room S/S

    QUEBEC, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Radio Canada's Newsmagazine ENQUETE airing
Thursday January 29 at 8pm will focus on the water contamination in Shannon,
    Me Charles-A. Veilleux, his team and Mrs. Marie-Paule Spieser,
representative for the group in the class action will hold a briefing Friday
at 9:30am to give an update on the case and take questions.
    Also present will be Jean Bernier, Dr. Claude Juneau, longtime physician
in Shannon, some members of the class action whose situation is highly unusual
and also Dr. Michel Charbonneau INRS - Institut Armand-Frappier who will
address questions regarding the cancer cases in Shannon and how they relate to
trichloroethylene (TCE) (the TCE signature on chromosome 3)
    For questions concerning the methodology of biopsy analysis, contact Dr.
Sydney Finkelstein, RedPath Integrated Pathology Inc. Ph: 412-231-3600
    The chemical compound trichloroethylene (TCE) is a powerful industrial
solvent and metal degreaser and its numerous by-products have a high toxicity
that has affected hundred of Shannon residents. Its signature has been found
in cancerous tissues of the residents. TCE is a widely used mutagen and has
been found in high concentrations in the Shannon water table. Scientific
studies have shown that its elimination can take hundreds of years.

For further information:

For further information: Anne Letellier, (418) 527-5257,

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