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Ward 2 councillor says study shows chromite smelting can’t be done safely – Hint: it doesn’t –

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 2018163 Views

He says local climate around Coniston far different from Finland, where study was done, meaning findings there don’t apply here

The research paper Ward 2 Coun. Michael Vagnini cites as the reason he’s opposed to a chromite smelter for Coniston actually concludes that a smelter can operate safely.

Published in July 2017 and entitled, “Review of Cr(VI) environmental practices in the chromite mining and smelting industry — Relevance to development of the Ring of Fire,” is a peer-reviewed study in which seven academics provide recommendations on how to proceed with a smelter, should the chromite discovery in northwestern Ontario be developed.

The study looked at the experience in Tornio, Finland, where a chromite smelter has operated for decades. A delegation from Sudbury visited the Outukumpu smelter in January, as the city prepared its entry to host the smelter. Noront Resources has said Sudbury, Timmins, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie are potential sites.

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