Crofton residents concerned over mill emissions
July 5, 2004 By Pulp & Paper Canada
Discontented residents and NorskeCanada’s community responsiveness have attracted the attention of a scientific tea…
Discontented residents and NorskeCanada’s community responsiveness have attracted the attention of a scientific team studying emissions from NorskeCanada’s Crofton pulp and paper mill. The inquiry is attempting to determine whether or not the mill’s emanations exert any influence on the community’s health.
The CBC reported concern on behalf of citizens that the mill’s emissions are implicated in medical issues afflicting people of the Vancouver Island area. Cancer, heart disease and respiratory difficulties are reported to be singularly high in the region.
However, Don McKendrick, vice president of operations at the NorskeCanada Crofton division has pointed to the glaring lack of evidence to support these claims. “These statements are altogether unfounded and irresponsible,” he said. “We have hired an environmental company to study the mill’s emissions and after seeing the preliminary results, I can say I am not at all worried about the outcome of this study. To date we know there is nothing in our emissions that is causing an issue.”
The official results of the study will be released in August 2004 at which point they will be open for peer reviews and community discussion.
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