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Environment Canada investigating Halifax Harbour 'floatables'

Environment Canada is investigating the flow of raw sewage into the Halifax Harbour.

Environment Canada is investigating the flow of raw sewage into the Halifax Harbour.

Several HRM councillors confirmed to Metro Halifax yesterday the federal government agency has been looking into the failed Harbour Solutions Project since mid-April.

Council got wind of the news Tuesday when a three-hour in-camera session was held with city staff and officials with HRM’s water commission.

Wastewater has been flowing into the harbour since January when a flood at the Halifax facility caused a power outage that put the $54-million facility out of commission until at least next spring.

More bad news came last week when it was learned the water commission is, or soon will be, removing screens to keep solid waste, also known as floatables, from flowing into the harbour.

As part of the investigation, one councillor said they must perform “due diligence” to show Environment Canada they’re trying limit the amount of sewage going into the harbour until the plant gets back up and running.

That includes, according to another councillor, trying to find the money through all three levels of government for the several proposals brought forward Tuesday by city staff.

 
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