A Call for Clean Air
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) - It's an invisible killer. You can't see it, smell it or taste it, but it's there. It causes air pollution and is a serious threat to public health.
The Canadian Medical Association estimates that 21,000 people die in Canada each year from air pollution, 7 million worldwide. Health effects caused by exposure to SO2 include breathing problems and increases in respiratory and cardiovascular disease. People with asthma or chronic lung or heart disease are the most vulnerable. It damages trees and crops and is a major contrubutor to acid rain.
Yet the provincial government is allowing Rio Tinto Alcan to double their SO2 emissions over current levels. How has this become an acceptable risk to the health and wellbeing of the people of Kitimat and the surrounding region?
Pumping this type of poison into the air can be prevented and the solution is simple. RTA should be forced to install scrubbers in their facility.
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Support our legal proceedings. Expert witnesses will be testifying in the hearings which are slated for the last week of April and the first week of May in Victoria and the second and third weeks of May in Kitimat.
We're not alone. The Northern Health Authority and Regional Districts Hospital Board have requested that RTA install scrubbers due to health concerns. Also, the union representing workers at Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.’s aluminum smelter in Kitimat filed applications in B.C. Supreme Court seeking to overturn approvals for a $5-billion expansion, claiming the government was biased and the project poses health risks.
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