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Stream flowing through asbestos disposal worries local residents

A stream flowing through the asbestos disposal site in the Cape Ray landfill has the Port aux Basques residents talking.

The asbestos dumping site in the Cape Ray Land Fill.

The issue was first brought up on Facebook by local resident Michael Battiste who noticed the stream flows into Small Falls of J.T. Cheeseman Provincial Park.

Since then, the post has received dozens of comments from other concerned residents, including those that enjoy swimming in the river during summer.

“It’s disgusting,” said Stephen Osmond.

“I have been swimming there for years,” said Elizabeth Rose.

Port aux Basques resident Vanessa Keeping, who found the issue concerning, brought the issue to the attention of Burgeo-La Poile MHA Andrew Parsons, who then forwarded it to the Minister of Environment and Conservation, Dan Crummell.

Parsons said the issue has been acknowledged by Crummell.

“Even if it’s just an investigation, it’s better to look into it,” said Parsons. “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

According to Parsons, there’s nothing more to be done at this time except to wait for the department’s response.

The Minister of Environment and Conservation would not comment before the assessment report’s completion, but department spokesperson Deborah Thomas said the site would be assessed accordingly.

“Environment and Conservation officials will review the report and determine what, if any, further action is needed,” she wrote in an email.

Asbestos is a fibrous material that was used as building material extensively between 1950s and1990s.

The disposal is located at the landfill site between Port aux Basques and Cape Ray.

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