OTTAWA, Oct. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, issued the following statement with respect to the City of Montreal's plans to discharge 8 billion litres of raw sewage in the St. Lawrence River:
"The St. Lawrence River is one of Canada's most important waterways, acting as a home to several species of whales and fish while providing millions of Canadians their drinking water. What's more, it's also enjoyed by many Quebecers for recreational purposes.
"The proposed plans by the City of Montreal to dump billions of liters of untreated raw sewage into this important river are very concerning - as many citizens have noted publicly.
"Section 36 (3) of the Fisheries Act prohibits "the deposit of deleterious substance of any type in water frequented by fish."
"Upon my request, Environment Canada has contacted the City of Montreal to gather further information on their plans and to assess the potential environmental implications.
"I have requested Environment Canada to explore options to prevent this release while we gather more information on the environmental impacts of the City of Montreal's plans. I ask that Mayor Coderre halt his plans while a proper assessment is done."
"We will continue to monitor and assess this situation closely to ensure the protection of Canadians and their environment."
SOURCE Environment Canada
For further information: Ted Laking, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of the Environment, 819-997-1441; Media Relations, Environment Canada, 819-934-8008