Benzene

Algoma Public Health

Benzene

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In 2007, Algoma Public Health was notified that well water at Point Des Chenes Campground was contaminated with benzene. The contamination is presumably caused by the fire fighter training area at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport. Algoma Public Health confirmed that benzene contamination in the area is isolated to the Point Des Chenes campground. To date, all water samples from surrounding residences, the airport, and Runway Park have come back free of benzene. 

  

Pointe Des Chenes Campground

  • Algoma Public Health was notified in 2007 that well water at Point Des Chenes Campground was contaminated with benzene.
  • Guests of the campground were immediately notified
  • "Do Not Drink” signs were posted at all taps and comfort stations. These signs have remained posted for the last 9 years.
  • The campground is working with PUC to establish a benzene removal system at the Point Des Chenes campground.

 

Surrounding Residential Area

  • Following notification of benzene at Point Des Chenes campground, in 2008 Algoma Public Health tested well water of residences surrounding the campground.
  • Benzene was not detected in any of the residential well water samples that were conducted, demonstrating that benzene contamination had not extended beyond the campground.
  • Residents have been encouraged by Algoma Public Health to test their well water regularly to ensure safety for bacteriological reasons, but it has been confirmed that there is no evidence of chemical contamination of surrounding residential wells
  • In the fall 2016, Algoma Public Health collaborated with Transport Canada and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in conducting residential sampling to re-affirm that there is no contamination of benzene in surrounding wells.
  • Transport Canada's results are available and are currently being distributed. 

 

Airport and Runway Park

  • The benzene contamination at Point Des Chenes campground is presumably caused by the firefighter training area at the airport.
  • Algoma Public Health directed both the Airport and Runway Park to monitor for benzene.
  • Water samples from both the airport and Runway Park have confirmed no benzene is present.

 
Memo from Transport Canada - Ontario Region


 

Updated:    February 22, 2017