Nunavut 'dumpcano' prompts warning

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

Pregnant women, the elderly and children have been advised to limit their exposure to smoke coming from a fire at the dump in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Air quality reports have shown most of the fine particulate matter from the fire doesn’t pose a risk to public health, but average levels of toxic chemicals such as dioxins and furans exceed the ambient air quality standard, the territory said in a press release.

“Exposure to dump fire smoke can be limited by staying indoors with the doors and windows closed, and, with air exchangers set to re-circulate indoor air or turned off. Reduce or reschedule outdoor physical activity,” the release says.

A July 18 advisory also warned “women of child-bearing age” should limit their exposure as a precaution “because there is a possible risk that dioxins above the standard may lead to decreased fertility in male offspring.”

The fire started May 20. Local fire chief Luc Grandmaison dubbed it the dumpcano.


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