Hamilton, Ontario: "Feds Won’t Help Clean Up Airport"

"Transport Minister Denis Lebel has turned down Hamilton’s request for help cleaning up historic airport pollution that happened on the federal government’s watch."

"The city and airport operator TradePort are studying the extent of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) contamination at the facility, where firefighting foam containing the chemical was used in training 30 years ago.

Council has balked at paying the estimated $2-million remediation cost because the airport was owned by Transport Canada in the 1980s. The city formally asked the federal government last year for cleanup cash and old firefighting training records.

Transport Canada officials have repeatedly said the federal government is not responsible for the chemical because PFOS was not identified as a “contaminant of concern” when the airport was transferred to the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth in 1996."

Metroland News Service had the story August 2, 2012.

Source: Metroland, 08/02/2012