Pointe des Chenes wells tested for cancer-causing benzene. Airport suspected as source

Federal, provincial and local governments are combining forces to address issues with benzene in drinking water at Pointe des Chenes.

Over the last 10 days, well water samples have been sought from 66 homes near the Pointe des Chenes campground on Nokomis Beach Road, Des Chenes Drive and Point Des Chenes Crescent.

The new water testing over the past 10 days has been carried out with assistance from Ottawa-based BluMetric Environmental Inc.

Each affected homeowner has received written materials including a fact sheet on benzene and perfluoroalkylated substances.

“It was discovered that the source of the contamination was the Sault Ste. Marie airport site,'” said Tony Hanlon, Algoma Public Health’s interim chief executive officer, and  Dr. Alex Hukowich, associate medical officer of health, in a risk management report presented this week to the Algoma Board of Health.

Posted on 04 January 2017

The complete original article was posted on 25 November 2016 and is available here: