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Conservation group releases video critical of Rio Tinto Alcan for emissions

The SkeenaWild Conservation Trust has released a video criticizing Rio Tinto Alcan.

The video raises health and environmental concerns over the province allowing the smelter to double its sulphur dioxide emissions.

Greg Knox is the executive director of the trust.

He says the video was released to build awareness of the dangers of sulphur dioxide.

The emissions from the Kitimat smelter will be particularly concentrated in the area because of geography.

He also says he hopes the video will help with fund-raising efforts for the upcoming Environmental Appeal Board hearings at the end of April and early May.

The groups ultimate goal is to get Rio Tinto Alcan to install sulphur dioxide scrubbers that would reduce emissions to zero.

The video can be found at the group’s website at: skeenawild.org.

Kevin Dobbin is a spokesperson with Rio Tinto Alcan, and he says their comprehensive study shows air dispersion to be the best method to get rid of sulphur dioxide.

He says the smelter will be one of the most advanced in the world when it starts, reducing its overall environmental footprint by 50%.

Dobbin says wet scrubbers would require a massive amount of water, approximately 25,000 cubic metres an hour, or 160 semi-trucks worth of water, and that would have a massive environmental impact.

 

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