Watching Out For Our Health

by Matthew Pellicer on August 28, 2013 - 11:38am

In the beginning of the week, old PCB (Polychlorinated biphenyls) transformers were found to be stored at an illegal are for these restricted chemicals. In Canada, it is illegal to import, manufacture or sell PCBs. These transformers used to be part of the cooling system for our electrical grid. The transformers were found at Reliance Power Equipment, a place where old electrical equipment is refurbished. The problem with this chemical is that when humans are exposed to PCBs in a high dose, it can cause severe acne, swelling of the eyelids, discoloration of skin and nails, numbness of the extremities, weakness, muscle spasms, bronchitis and overall nervous system problems.

The problem that can come along with the lack of monitoring on where these chemicals are stored and are basically ticking time bombs for many people in the surrounding areas, like the area of Pointe-Claire, which has hundreds of homes around Reliance Power Equipment which had a leak in the beginning of the week. I believe instead of police focusing on minor infractions, they should be checking storage areas to see if potential hazards are present or if they might be dangerous to our health instead of giving a ticket for someone who needs a new bulb for their headlight.

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