MOE identifies chemical in Sheldon Creek spill


Burlington, Ont., April 5, 2012 -The City of Burlington received news from the Ministry of the Environment that the suspected source of last week's spill in Sheldon Creek has been identified as ControlChem Canada Ltd., a company that produces materials for the treatment of water and wastewater.

Samples of the spilled material have been analyzed by the ministry laboratory and identified as aluminum chloride hydroxide sulphate, which is used in the treatment of drinking water.

Ministry officials have inspected the creek and the water is running clear.

"The response from the team on site was text-book ideal," said Scott Stewart, general manager of community services. "Roads and parks maintenance staff were on site immediately and helped the Ministry of the Environment contain the spill in a quick and efficient manner."

The ministry is requiring the company to take measures to prevent future spills. This matter has also been referred to the ministry's investigations and enforcement branch to determine if charges are warranted.

Halton Public Health has indicated the public can return to the area. As always, residents are reminded to wash hands with soap and water before eating or handling food after coming in contact with creek water or any untreated water in general.  Untreated water may contain E. coli bacteria, which is found in the intestines and feces of warm blooded animals.


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