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Effluent lab tests not back yet

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It will be at least another day before laboratory tests of the effluent leak that covered some residents’ lawns in the north end of town last week produce results.

Although some soil test results were sent back to the Ministry of the Environment on Thursday, the bulk of them are expected to be completed late today or Friday.

“We only got one result so far so we are not going to make any decisions based on that,” Drew Stajkowski, the MoE’s acting area supervisor, said Thursday from Kenora.

“We should get the rest today or tomorrow,” he added.

Once the tests are returned, the Northwestern Health Unit immediately will send them to be interpreted by an expert in Toronto.

“There have been some soil samples we received back yesterday afternoon and we’re hoping to get the effluent results back today and send them to a toxicologist to put them in layman’s terms,” noted Dave Coats, a health inspector for the health unit here.

Concerned homeowners on the south side of Eighth Street between Walker Avenue and Cornwall Avenue are waiting for the results to determine whether it is safe to go into their backyards.

Their yards remain cordoned off by yellow OPP ribbon.

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