Horne foundry: transparency required, Charette in Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday

Horne Foundry: transparency required, Charette at Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday< /p> UPDATE DAY

While the Normanda mine workers' union is demanding more transparency from Glencore and the government regarding the Horne Smelter, Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment, has indicated that he will travel to Rouyn on Tuesday -Noranda, to meet local actors.

The Normanda mine workers' union (STMN-CSN), on Monday asked the international multinational Glencore, which owns the Horne Smelter, to “agree as quickly as possible with the government on a precise timetable which will make it possible to obtain the greatest technically possible reduction of arsenic in the air”.

According to the union, it is possible to significantly reduce emissions at the factory gate with the aim of retaining jobs for the long term. term while obtaining better social acceptability.

Benoit Charette in Rouyn-Noranda

The Minister of the Environment, the Fight Against Climate Change and the Fight Against Racism, Benoit Charette, for his part, indicated on Twitter Monday that he would go to Rouyn-Noranda in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, on next day, in order to meet the local actors. “Our priority is and will remain the safety of citizens,” he assured.

According to Stéphane Larente, president of the STNM-CSN, the government should “also take a position regarding a reduction that would be acceptable in the long term so as to allow a major investment by the employer which will not be made without a guarantee over several years”.

Kevin Gagnon, vice-president of the Fédération de l'industrie manufacturière, believes, for his part, that it is possible to combine several emission reduction measures while carrying out greater control of arsenic emissions, and maintaining thousands of foundry-related jobs.

Duhaime wants the plant to stay open

For the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec, Éric Duhaime, it is “totally inconceivable” that a closure of the Horn Foundry is envisaged.

“We will work to ensure that this company remains an economic engine for the 'Abitibi-Témiscamingue,' he said in a press release on Tuesday, advocating a reduction in arsenic emissions instead.

Underlining the economic benefits that this plant brings to the region, Mr. Duhaime also recalls the many jobs she has created.

Finally, the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec deplored the lack of transparency in this file. “It is unacceptable for us that the government hides data that is so important to the population,” he said.

Rising cancer rates

In an open letter published on July 3, some fifty doctors from Abitibi-Témiscamingue asked Premier François Legault “for a return to the same standards as all of Quebec for exposure to atmospheric contaminants ( arsenics and other heavy metals and contaminants).

Recent data published by Public Health had revealed an increase in the rates of cancers, intrauterine growth retardation and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, as well as an overall reduction in the life expectancy of the citizens of the MRC of Rouyn-Noranda, recalled the doctors.

Recall that a fire ravaged a building of the Horne Foundry Friday evening in the sector anodes. Authorities attributed the fire to an equipment failure.