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NEWS: Nunavut July 26, 2017 - 9:59 am

Police investigate chemical spill at Nunavut airport

An estimated 13,000 litres of dust control chemical spilled in Cambridge Bay

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RCMP discovered July 23 that 13 containers of a chemical called EK35 has been opened and leaked onto the ground at the Cambridge Bay airport sometime over the weekend. (FILE PHOTO)
RCMP discovered July 23 that 13 containers of a chemical called EK35 has been opened and leaked onto the ground at the Cambridge Bay airport sometime over the weekend. (FILE PHOTO)

Nunavut police are trying to determine how an estimated 13,000 litres of a dust control chemical were spilled at the Cambridge Bay airport last weekend.

The spill was first reported July 23. RCMP in the Kitikmeot community discovered that 13 containers of a chemical called EK35 has been opened and leaked onto the ground at the airport sometime over the weekend, police said in a July 26 release.

EK35 is used as dust control on Nunavut’s airport runways. The chemical is not considered hazardous, although crews are working to keep the spill from reaching the bay.

The RCMP estimates that about 13,000 litres were spilled, worth approximately $260,000.

Police are asking for the public’s help; anyone with information on the incident or any suspicious activity around the airport last week should contact the Cambridge Bay detachment at (867) 983-0123.

Tips can also be provided anonymously at Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.nwtnutips.com.

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