Attawapiskat hospital fuel spill clean up was relatively quick, MPP Gilles Bisson says
The hospital in Attwapiskat has been re-opened — and the MPP for the community is calling it a win.
Heating oil spilled in the crawl space of the hospital last November, putting it out of commission. Now, New Democrat MPP Gilles Bisson is applauding the provincial Liberals for making quick work of the clean-up.
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"The hospital is provincial, and in this particular case, once the spill happened, I advised the minister that we needed some money to fix this up. Minister Hoskins stepped to the plate right away, and we started the cleanup in January — less than three-four weeks after the spill."
In February, Bisson asked for additional funds to clean up the contaminated soil around the hospital.
During the cleanup, nurses continued to provide emergency medical services at a temporary clinic in Attawapiskat's health centre.
Bisson said elders who were moved out of Attawapiskat when the hospital closed are now being moved back into the community — and he's hopeful everyone will be home before Christmas.