City defends secrecy surrounding sewage spill

HAMILTON – A report on a massive sewage spill into a Hamilton creek was “a confidential matter,” city officials said Thursday as they defended their decision to keep the details secret from the public.

Twenty-four billion litres of untreated wastewater flowed into Chedoke Creek between 2014 and 2018, the city said in a statement released Wednesday, shortly after a local newspaper reached out to officials for comment on the report.

The Hamilton Spectator reported it had obtained confidential documents that contained detailed information on the extent of the spill and suggested city councillors had tried to keep the extent of the spill secret.

The city said the veil of secrecy was standard practice.


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