Quebec allows copper smelter in northwest to emit arsenic levels five times normal IG News

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MONTREAL – Quebec’s environment minister is setting a limit of 15 nanograms per cubic meter of air arsenic emissions for a copper smelter in the province’s northwest.

This is five times higher than the provincial standard and recommended by Quebec’s director of public health.

The Horn copper smelter, owned by Switzerland-based Glencore, is located in Rouen-Noranda, Ky., and is currently allowed to emit 100 nanograms of arsenic per cubic meter of air.

The factory, which has been operating since 1927 and employs about 650 people, has been a cause of serious concern in the region as studies have shown that residents of the city have higher rates of lung cancer than people in the rest of the province. Is.

Environment Minister Benot Charette told reporters in Rouen-Noranda today that the 15-nanogram cap recommended by public health last week would be the new target to be reached within five years.

Public Health Director Dr. Luc Boileau said an average emission of 15 nanograms of arsenic per cubic meter of air is a safe level for city people.

Charette says that the new range will be included in the company’s updated certification.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 15, 2022.

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This story was produced with financial support from META and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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