HALIFAX – After living with contaminated and undrinkable water for over a decade, homeowners in Harrietsfield are hopeful now that Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court has ordered the area recycling plant to clean up its former salvage yard.
Resident Marlene Brown tells the Rick Howe Show the owners have been found accountable. “We were in court this week to hear why the last occupants feel they’re not responsible for the contamination. We’re tired of excuses.”
Brown says despite the court’s decision, they are not sure now the cleanup process will proceed, and that the cost of the cleanup will likely be expensive. “From what we found out, the owners are not able to take care of that bill, so we’re curious to see just who will.”
She says area residents are hopeful the government will step in to ensure the work gets done.
“It took them this long to move this far ahead. It’s been three weeks now that we heard some of the homeowners would be getting water systems,” says Brown. “We haven’t heard anything since then but it does give us a glimmer of hope.”
Brown adds she wants to see the water testing extended to more homes, to find out if there are more contaminated wells in the area.