MONTREAL — The City of Montreal says it will begin dumping eight billion litres of untreated sewage into the St. Lawrence River on Wednesday.

Mayor Denis Coderre says the dump will begin Wednesday morning at 12:01 a.m.

On Monday, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said she would permit the dump as long as certain conditions were met by the city.

Coderre says today the city will meet all of those requirements — including increased monitoring of the river, an emergency plan for unintended problems and a clean-up plan for areas that are affected.

McKenna asked the city keep tabs on the water quality before, during and after the discharge and give that data to the federal government.

Citizens are being asked not to flush certain items during the dump like condoms, medications and tampons.

The Canadian Press

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