By TERA CAMUS / Cape Breton Bureau
- Frederick Street residents got Premier Russell MacLellan's sympathy but
little else following a meeting here Monday.
"We didn't accomplish much," Juanita McKenzie said.
"We're fighting for our lives here. But we're getting exhausted."
premier wants more studies before deciding what to do with the Frederick
are doing further study. I want to be absolutely sure that I have all the
information that I could possibly get," Mr. MacLellan said.
couldn't say when those studies will be complete, when the province will
respond or what the cost would be to move the residents out.
But all options are still on the table, he said.
the results are there, no amount of money will be spared to protect the
people who need that protection," he said.
province's decision to stand by is based on a recent Cantox study that
there was no long-term danger to the residents despite elevated toxins found near
their homes almost eight months ago.
Cantox study, conducted over several weeks this summer, has received
widespread criticism saying that its methodology was flawed.
the premier backed the findings and the province's chief medical officer,
Jeff Scott, who endorsed the study.
"We've analyzed that study and found that it seems to be in order," he said.
the toxins found within metres of homes on Frederick Street that exceed
Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment guidelines are naphthalene,
arsenic, lead, heavy metals and polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Breton the Lakes MLA Helen MacDonald said the premier should have at
least temporarily relocated the Frederick Street residents until the province knows
for sure that they are safe.
shameful for a government that gives millions of dollars to its corporate
to refuse aid to families that are afraid for their health and the health of their
children," the NDP member said.
the premier said the NDP is jumping the gun.
Death study adds urgency to cleanup
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