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DND denies blame for cancer in Shannon, Que

The federal government denies responsibility for hundreds of cancer cases at the heart of a class-action lawsuit filed over allegations of contaminated water near CFB Valcartier in Quebec. Residents of Shannon, outside Quebec City, are seeking more than $200 million in damages for health problems they say were caused by water tainted with an industrial solvent used on the military base in the 1950s. The class-action lawsuit filed by about 600 residents alleges Shannon’s water table was contaminated with trichloroethylene, or TCE, a substance Health Canada has said is a potential carcinogen.

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