SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD – MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît) and three regional county municipalities along the wreck of the Kathryn Spirit (Beauharnois-Salaberry, Haut-Saint-Laurent, and Vaudreuil-Soulanges) want the working group’s upcoming recommendation to include a budget, a short-term timeline for the proposed solution(s), and they want the Coast Guard to release a list of hazardous materials and pollutants still onboard the wreck.

“We welcome the working group’s progress on the Kathryn Spirit. We want to see it release the proposed solution(s) with a short-term timeline and a budget for addressing this deplorable situation as soon as possible. In the meantime, we think it is imperative that the Coast Guard publicly release the list of hazardous materials and pollutants so that the community can be aware and security services can prepare accordingly,” requested the MP and the 4 RCMs.

For five years now, Ms. Quach has been pressuring the federal government about the urgent need to act, since the Kathryn Spirit is located in a basin that supplies the Montérégie and the CMM with drinking water. The RCMs’ elected officials have been active as well, having expressed their environmental concerns many times and supported the city of Beauharnois in its requests for the government to fix the problem as soon as possible.

“The Trudeau government has already pledged to invest millions in order to prevent environmental damage from a similar wreck in Newfoundland. The Kathryn Spirit has been steadily deteriorating year after year and continues to pose a threat to the source of water for about a dozen municipalities. The communities surrounding Lake Saint-Louis need to know how the wreck will be managed, at what cost, in how much time and whether there are any remaining materials or liquid pollutants. The government has a duty to demonstrate transparency on this issue,” said Ms. Quach.