Last week, the Canadian Press reported the results of a two-year long information request regarding a database held by Environment Canada on spills. The results are disturbing, but not surprising. The Canadian Press claims that the database lists 6,555 spills in 18 metropolitan areas since 2004, including over 500 sewage spills. Total sewage discharges in Canada are estimated at 6 trillion litres per year, with over 150 billion litres of this likely untreated. These discharges present a serious environmental concern, and are one of the largest pollution sources in Canadian waters.
Read “Canadian government decides that your sewage doesn’t stink for up to 30 years from now” on the ELC blog.
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