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Letter: Arsneic Advisory

Dear Editor: Virden’s Water Advisory for arsenic finally lifted as water meets standard. (Virden Empire- Advance, May 20).

Dear Editor: Virden’s Water Advisory for arsenic finally lifted as water meets standard. (Virden Empire- Advance, May 20).

I mockingly respond by saying…“how brave”! There was no repentance voiced however, for the continuation of dumping “the captured arsenic” back into the Gopher Creek water source. For after all, they have a 20 year old licence, which allows them to do that! …“How ignorant and immoral!”

The good news is that Virdenites who drink the water that is provided to them, will have a little less arsenic in it now.

Arsenic - a notorious poison through our past and present, but nobody seems to give a damn about its lethal repercussions.

The province of Manitoba, we know, has shown a blatant disregard for the consequences and effects of arsenic.

It also openly ignores the Federal requirements of the Fisheries Act; for arsenic, identified as a deleterious substance, is prohibited to be deposited into water frequented by fish.

In 1996, the town was issued a licence by the province, giving Virden permission to dump arsenic taken from the water treatment plant into Gopher Creek. A water source which eventually empties into the waters of the Assiniboine River.

This out of sight, out of mind remedy openly fl ourishes by our designated offi cials in government, and even the Virden Mayors and council members. For during that past 20 years, Virden’s five incumbent mayors and probably two dozen or more council members; I have never heard any council member/or mayor speak up, saying, this is not a wise thing that we are doing. We have a permit which authorizes us to do it, but is it right!

No, it is not right! It is an unethical and despicable exploitation that recognizes no concerns for allowing a known poison to be deliberately put into a water source. Such arsenic belongs in a hazardous waste facility.

John Fefchak,

Virden, MB