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Global water contamination news

Drinking water fears after formaldehyde chemical spill in North Bay.

A police officer directs traffic around the site of an accident involving a tanker truck in North Bay, Ont. on Monday, May 21, 2012.

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Date: Mon. May. 21 2012 12:56 PM ET

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Police fear a community’s drinking water may have been compromised when a truck transporting formaldehyde overturned on a northeastern Ontario highway Monday.

A tanker carrying the chemical was travelling east on Highway 63 in North Bay when it entered a ditch near Silver Lady Lane, according to Ontario Provincial Police.

Const. Shawn Fougere of the OPP’s North Bay detachment said formaldehyde began to spill from the truck, turning the crash into a public health concern.

“There has been a possible breach of the drinking water supply,” he told CTV in a Monday morning phone interview.

Representatives from the Ministry of the Environment, local health authorities and “dangerous goods” experts are on scene, said Fougere.

Police protocol dictates that a half-mile area around the chemical spill must be evacuated, he added. The OPP is in the process of reaching out to North Bay residents.

According to OPP, the driver of the tanker sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident and has been transported to hospital.

Fougere said it’s unclear where the tanker was from or headed, but noted the truck was driving toward Quebec at the time of the crash.

What Is Formaldehyde?

A carcinogen found in embalming agents for human or animal remains.
Ingestion of even one ounce of liquid can cause death. Exposure over a long period of time can cause lung damage and reproductive problems in women.

Web Definitions

  • a colorless poisonous gas; made by the oxidation of methanol
  • Formaldehyde (systematic name: methanal) is an organic compound with the formula CH2O. As the simplest aldehyde, it is an important precursor to many other chemical compounds, especially for polymers. …
  • Formaldehyde is the first album by the rock band Terrorvision. It was recorded at The Chapel in June 1992, with all songs written and arranged by Terrorvision. Released in 1993.
  • The simplest aldehyde, H-CHO, a colourless gas having many industrial applications; it dissolves in water to give formalin
  • Pungent smelling gas. Since 1986, furniture in Germany cannot exceed the limit of 0.1 ppm (parts per million).
  • A chemical used as a preservative and in bonding agents. It is found in household products such as plywood, furniture, carpets, and some types of foam insulation. …
  • Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC). Potential sources in the home include pressed wood products, such as particleboard or fiberboard; smoking; and glues and adhesives.
  • A colorless, pungent, and irritating gas, CH20, used chiefly as a disinfectant and preservative and in synthesizing other compounds like resins.
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