The country’s environment minister Catherine McKenna Monday approved Montreal’s plan to dump the discharge into the 114-mile river on Monday, according to the Associated Press. McKenna said she is “less than ideal,” but nevertheless gave the giant shit-scrap project a big thumbs-up.
The project was vehemently opposed by environmentalists, who say that fish, birds and marine mammals would be harmed by it. A citizen petition with 90,000 names was presented to Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.
Coderre, however, argued that the plant is necessary, because one of the large sewers that pipes waste to a treatment facility is closing temporarily.