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MOH says boiling water following Algoma Steel oil spill won’t rid it of chemicals

Do-not-consume advisory issued to affected residents

June 15, 2022  By Ground Water Canada

Sudbury – Boiling contaminated water from the recent oil spill at the Algoma Steel wastewater plant won’t make it safe to drink, the region’s medical officer of health says. Chemicals in the water will not disappear after boiling, Dr. John Tuinema says.

Most affected is the municipality of Echo Bay. Residents are advised not to drink well water, swim in the St. Marys River nor eat fish caught in the river.

Most people in the area get their water from other unaffected sources.


Following the spill of an industrial lubricant, Algoma Steel dispatched contractors to contain it with absorbent booms. The U.S. Coast Guard monitored the extent of the spill downstream.

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