In 2013, the environment minister at the time, Yves-François Blanchet, said the government would front the cost of cleaning up after Reliance Power Equipment because the company had failed to do the dirty work itself.
Now, the government has put a lien on the house of Birdie Marshall, the owner of the company.
Marshall’s house near Mount Royal Park is valued at around $1 million.
The government also put a lien on the company’s industrial buildings at the time when it took over the property.
“We can call this non-collaboration, to have not paid the money owed to the minister. So the lien is a logical next step to recuperating those sums,” said Luc St-Martin, an Environment Ministry director in Montreal.
According to Radio-Canada, the government is also planning to take the company and its owner to court. The company is facing fines of up to $6 million, and the owner could be slapped with a $1 million fine.
Marshall and his son refused to comment.
The ministry is waiting on test results to be delivered this spring before undertaking the decontamination of the Pointe-Claire lot. However, St-Martin said any sources of PCB have been removed from the site.