Resolution sought into toxic release charges

The City of Red Deer is hoping to resolve charges it faces over the alleged release of toxic compounds. On Tuesday, the city’s lawyer, Michelle Baer, asked provincial court Judge Jim Hunter for more time so she could continue to discuss the case with the special Crown prosecutor.

The City of Red Deer is hoping to resolve charges it faces over the alleged release of toxic compounds.

On Tuesday, the city’s lawyer, Michelle Baer, asked provincial court Judge Jim Hunter for more time so she could continue to discuss the case with the special Crown prosecutor.

“We expect to come to a resolution,” said Baer.

The City of Red Deer is charged with six infractions relating to the release and improper storage of a toxic substance after transformer coolant containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was allegedly spilled between May and October 2010, while a transformer was being brought up to federal standards.

The city is also charged with failing to report and remedy the spill in a timely manner.

The matter will come back before the judge on Jan. 8.

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