American communities that smelted chromium in the ’70s still haven’t recovered from the environmental impact, even though the smelters have been inert for decades.
If we proceed with this, I predict it will be something we will regret. Sudbury is just starting to recover from years of environmentally damaging mining, and this will take us backwards in our efforts to heal the ecosystem.
Apparently Mayor Marianne Matichuk is promoting this Ring of Fire project as a great opportunity for the north, and presenting to Ottawa “the voice of the north” requesting this smelter.
Meanwhile, residents of the Greater Sudbury area never voted on this and most people aren’t even aware of the potential environmental repercussions. Forgive me, but the newspaper does not seem to be capturing the environmental perspective.
We are all in support of northern prosperity, I imagine, but there are other foci, like education, health care, technology and green energy where the city of Sudbury can direct its ambitions without sacrificing human health, creature health and the ecosystem.
What about the other voices from the north that haven’t been represented?