A Canadian mayor’s decision to allow a Montreal company to leaveasbestos debris in the town’s dump has many residents both angry and concerned for their health.
The CBC recently reported on the situation in Gilliam, Manitoba, where Mayor Jim Goymer struck a deal with a Montreal environmental company to dispose of 540 tons of non-hazardous contaminated soil and 410 tons of asbestos materials within the town borders.
While the initial loads of waste were left in the community dump in bags that identified them as a “Cancer and Lung Disease Hazard,” many of the town’s residents are nonetheless angry that the deadly materials were allowed into their town in the first place.
“You go and dump a bunch of big bags marked 'Caution, Danger, Cancer-causing Lung Disease Agents,' and then don't expect people to freak out? They give us no pre-warning, they never gave us the choice as to letting this happen,” said Julie Crawford, a resident who lives nearby the dump.
Additionally, photos have been taken by town residents showing that some of the bags had been slit open and were spilling out grey powder, potentially releasing loose asbestos fibers into the air in the process.