Some effluent test results in

A working group met at 11 a.m. today to discuss the first results of tests on the effluent that flooded several north-end backyards last week.
The group, which included representatives from the town, Abitibi-Consolidated Inc., Moncrief Construction, the Northwestern Health Unit, the Ministry of the Environment, insurers, adjusters, and residents, looked at the first test results to come back from laboratories.
A press release was expected to be issued sometime this afternoon.
“We’re working on issuing a press release,” noted Pat Hickerson, the town’s manager of Operations and Facilities.
“We have got some samples back and a consultant for the Northwestern Health Unit has made some comments on it,” he said just after noon today. “We’ve sort of highlighted some of these in the press release.”
The press release was not ready by press time today.
The results from soil and effluent samples taken by Abitibi-Consolidated after last Thursday morning’s leak were sent to a toxicologist by the Northwestern Health Unit.
“We’ve received back results from soil and effluent samples from Abitibi and the toxicologist has looked at the soil samples and is looking at the effluent samples right now,” explained Dave Coats, a health inspector for the Northwestern Health Unit here.
According to Coats, the soil samples do not show any health hazards but the effluent tests–which are more substance-specific–may be more useful in determining whether the effluent was toxic or not.
Samples also were taken at the leak site south of Eighth Street between Walker and Cornwall Avenue by the Ministry of the Environment and sent for laboratory analysis.
Those tests have not yet been completed.