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Quebec Provides Update on Emissions from Rouyn-Noranda Foundry

Smelters and governments recognize the need to lower this target in the upcoming agreement.

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Quebec interim health director Dr. Luc Boileau arrives to give a COVID-19 update, Thursday, April 21, 2022 in Montreal. The Quebec health department is recommending the extension of the mask mandate until the middle of May.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
On Thursday, April 21, 2022, Quebec Interim Health Director Luc Boileau provided an update on COVID-19 in Montreal. Dr. arrives. The Quebec Health Department recommends extending mask mandates through mid-May. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Photo by Ryan Remiorz /The Canadian Press

ROUYN-NORANDA — Quebec Surgeon General will provide an environmental health update Wednesday afternoon in Rouyn-Noranda.

Dr. Luc Boileau will speak to reporters at 2:00 pm. With Dr. Stéphane Trépanier, interim director of public health at Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Just prior to the press conference, experts from the Institut National de santé publique du Québec held a technical briefing with media representatives, presenting in detail data relevant to the day's topic. increase.

Boileau's second visit to Ruin-Noranda this summer. He foundedRouyn-Noranda's Horn Smelter.

This document states that if Glencore does not reduce, an excessive number of Ruin Noranda citizens from age 1 to age 14 will develop cancer over his 70 years. revealed the concentration of arsenic in air produced byrefineries.

Arsenic releases from the Horn smelter have been the subject of much debate in recent weeks. Currently, an agreement with the government allows smelter emissions to reach 100 ng/m3. This is 33 times the Quebec standard of 3 ng/m3.

Smelters and governments have acknowledged the need to lower this target in upcoming agreements, but the exact threshold has not yet been confirmed.

On Monday night, the Loon-Noranda City Council unanimously called for Horn Smelter's activities to "achieve effective environmental standards for all heavy metals and particulates emitted into the atmosphere." adopted a resolution requiring that the

This resolution, designed to bring the attention of the Government of Quebec, follows on from a resolution adopted on 13 June, which focused on the health of the citizens of Louyne Noranda. It called for an inter-ministerial action plan.

The City Council also requested that the next ministerial authorization to be issued to Glencore by the Quebec Ministry of the Environment include a daily emission limit.

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