Horne Foundry rules out buffer zone 'for now' | Arsenic Rouyn-Noranda

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The Horne Foundry dismisses the idea of ​​a buffer zone “for now” | Arsenic Rouyn-Noranda

The north of the Notre-Dame district is located a few hundred meters from the Horne Foundry.

Relocating dozens of families living near the Horne Smelter is no longer an option being considered by Glencore, at least for now. The controversial idea was defended by public health in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, but the City of Rouyn-Noranda was resistant to it.

This idea has been shelved, announces Glencore spokesperson Cindy Caouette. But she clarifies for now.

“We are currently working to reduce emissions at the source, in our factory. Our goal right now is not to expand our transition zone.

— Cindy Caouette, Horne Foundry Spokesperson

Two rows of houses closest to the factory have already been acquired by the company and destroyed, north of the Notre-Dame district. This is the “transition zone”. But in its action plan drawn up in 2019, the company suggested creating an even larger “buffer zone”.

According to our information, a discussion took place. taken place at the municipal level on this subject and public health has been very favorable in reducing the exposure of the residents closest to the smelter, among whom the presence of contaminants is much higher than the presence of contaminants. elsewhere.

The quadrangle mentioned by various sources corresponds to the 80 houses closest to the foundry, north of Carter Lane, between 4th and 9th Streets.

Media coverage of the details of the project buffer zone on Monday provoked many reactions. The City of Rouyn-Noranda has notably expressed its lack of interest, preferring to reduce pollution at the source.

We hear the concerns of the residents of Rouyn- Noranda and, like them, we believe we have the responsibility and the ability to continue to improve,” said the company spokeswoman Glencore. To do this, we have a concrete plan that we can present in the coming weeks and we are determined to improve the situation.

With the collaboration of Marie-Josée Paquette -Comeau

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