Expert questions GN claim no long-term health problems will stem from Iqaluit water crisis – Nunatsiaq News

Apr 11, 2022

Water test results released by the Department of Health do not conclusively say whether or not toxic compounds made it to Iqaluit’s taps when the city’s drinking water was contaminated with diesel fuel last October, say some experts.

The uncertainty revolves around what was — and wasn’t — tested for, as well as whether the tests picked up minuscule amounts of potentially dangerous compounds, says Rosa Galvez, a Laval University environmental engineering professor. Compounds are substances made up of two or more elements — for example, many fuels are compounds of hydrogen and carbon.

Nunatsiaq News provided Galvez, who studies water, oil pollution and contamination, with testing data obtained from the department through Nunavut’s access to information law.

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