No, it's not safe in Rouyn-Noranda, retort doctors in Legault | Elections Quebec 2022

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No, it’s not safe in Rouyn-Noranda, retort doctors in Legault | Élections Quebec 2022< /p>

François Legault's statements made three doctors in the Rouyn-Noranda region jump. ;having misled the public in the Horne Foundry case during his recent appearance on the show Everyone talks about it.

In an open letter published on Tuesday, these members of the IMPACTE (Medical Initiative for Action Against Environmental Toxicity) committee, doctors Frédéric Bonin, Marie-Pier Lemieux and Clodel Naud-Bellavance, urge the next government to significantly tighten the standards imposed on Glencore, the company that owns this controversial Abitibi plant.

According to the signatories, the outgoing Prime Minister said during his appearance on public television on Sunday that health public says it's safe about pollution levels in Rouyn-Noranda.

Public health has never said that "it's safe", retort the doctors.

According to these doctors, public health has rather ruled that the standard of 15 ng/m3 of arsenic in the air, put forward by Quebec, would be safe for unborn children and for young people if the daily emission thresholds were respected, including in the case of other heavy metals such as lead and cadmium.

However, experts point out that this standard must be reached within five years. It is also not accompanied by any mention of the daily thresholds, of the other heavy metals released by the foundry's activities or even of a reduction in the emission standard in force to possibly reach the Quebec ceiling of 3 ng/m3.

So it won't be "safe" either for children before at least five years old. And it will not be possible to say that it is "safe" for the general population either, as for the risk of excess cancer, before an indefinite number of years, hammer the doctors.

To ensure “true” safety, the signatories of the letter not only plead for reaching the limit of 3 ng/m3 as soon as possible […], i.e. within five years maximum, but also for compliance with the thresholds for all metals. The signatories also demand that soil decontamination be carried out very quickly.

They also reject the argument put forward by François Legault that a balance must be found between protecting the health of the population and the maintenance of the activities of the Glencore plant. The caquiste chief actually declared, to Everyone talks about it, that the Horne foundry represented 650 well-paid jobs, and that it's up to the people of Rouyn-Noranda to decide what to do. whether or not they want the business to remain open.

Experts rather indicate that they believe that it is possible for our region to ensure economic activity strong and innovative, all in a healthy environment where all citizens can be born and grow up in safety.

The three doctors say they want to meet the chief caquist, who must go to Rouyn- Noranda on Thursday, September 29.

With information from Thomas Gerbet

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