Few health risks linked to contaminated RCMP building, new report says – CBC

Firm says it lacked data on levels of exposure to toxic materials faced by employees

Nov 15, 2022

A report commissioned by the RCMP on the potential hazards associated with its former training facility in Kemptville, Ont., south of Ottawa, has concluded the health risks ranged from none to low.

However, BluMetric Environmental, the Ottawa-based consultant firm that produced the report, says it lacked data on the levels of exposure to toxic materials faced by RCMP employees at the time.

“As such, it is not possible to decisively confirm with complete certainty whether illnesses and injuries could potentially be linked to past exposures and conditions at this site,” says the report obtained by Radio-Canada.

The RCMP launched a review of the former site after a Radio-Canada/CBC investigation published almost three years ago, which revealed the presence of numerous contaminants at the facility used by the RCMP from 1988 until 2006, when it was closed and later demolished.

The story also identified at least six RCMP members who had trained at the facility and who died prematurely of cancer or neurological conditions.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/rcmp-kemptville-building-risks-1.6652648

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