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Halifax Regional Municipality’s (HRM) plans to privatize its harbour cleanup continue to stir up controversy.

CUPE is now throwing its support behind a complaint to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission by several residents associations in the city’s north end.

The complaint alleges that the planned site of one of the sewage treatment plants violates the human rights of the area’s many low-income and mostly black residents. Local residents are also concerned there has not been adequate public consultation about the project.

HRM is currently in negotiations with a group of companies headed up by the French multinational Suez to design, build and operate three new treatment plants for the next 30 years.