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Smelter expansion sent back to Environmental Assessment Board

Smelter expansion sent back to Environmental Assessment Board

A Supreme Court of BC judge has sided with Unifor in a ruling calling for a reassessment of Rio Tinto Alcan’s smelter upgrade.

The ruling calls into question the Ministry of Transportation’s approval of the smelter’s expansion without the use of sulfur dioxide scrubbers, and will now be sent back to the Environmental Assessment Board.

The ruling means the board will have to reassess the impact of sulfur dixoide on people.

The project will increase SO2 emissions from 27 tonnes per day to 42 tonnes per day.

A statement issued by Unifor, says airborne sulphur dioxide is a well-known cause of respiratory ailments.

It adds that excessive SO2 levels in Kitimat are likely already impacting human health, and that a study published by Northern Health concluded that the incidence of death from bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma is 60 per cent higher in Kitimat than the British Columbian average.

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  1. To think that 60 years ago that maybe if an entity or organization was able to look at the impact of what “Big Industry” has had in these last 60 years maybe the landscape in the Terrace/Kitimat would look a lot different than it does today. As a Haisla member I find it very hard to wrap my head around comments made in regards to the poverty and high rate of suicides and the feeling of hopelessness when for the last 60 years we have worked along side and been a part of “Big Industry”. The idea that scares me the most is for instance in another sixty years will I be telling my grandchildren that “YES” there used to be fish in our ocean and rivers , but they don’t come back anymore much like our OOLICHAN from years ago” I’m sorry won’t be enough to make that hurt go away. No amount of money can fix a situation like this. But our generation of today already hears that particular story. Ask any Haisla Elder what OOLICHAN meant to our people and see the effects or at least be informed. Wa. Thank you for your time

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