Thursday, July 10, 2008

Boom stays on the river

The city of Timmins says the containment boom installed on the Mattagami River Tuesday will stay in place until Monday.
The boom was set up in response to a report from a city resident that some sort of oily substance or sheen could be seen on the river, in the area of the water filtration plant.
Timmins firefighters responded, but no one from that department, or the city, was able to determine what might be the problem. It was raining heavily at the time.
Fire chief Mike Pintar says the deployment of the containment boom was a precautionary measure given the importance of community safety and the city’s water supply.
Ontario Ministry of the Environment staff took water samples to determine whether there are any contaminants. The city says its water supply was not, and is not, in any danger.

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