Minister Benoit Charette outlines key environmental requirements the government is proposing to impose on the Horne Foundry
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Rouyn-Noranda, August 15, 2022. - Reiterating that the health of the population is paramount, the Gouvernement du Québec proposes to impose, at the end of the period covered by the renewal of its authorization, an ambient air arsenic concentration limit of 15 ng/m3 on Glencore for the Horne smelter in Rouyn-Noranda, in accordance with the benchmarks set by the Direction de santé publique du Québec last Wednesday. This would be an important first step in bringing the facility into compliance with the Québec standard, which is 3 ng/m3.
At a press conference in Rouyn-Noranda, Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Minister Responsible for the Fight against Racism and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region, announced the following main proposed requirements that the government intends to impose over the next five years in its proposed Ministerial Authorization (formerly “Remediation Certificate”):
Public ConsultationDuring an online consultation to be held from September 6 to October 20, 2022, the government will invite members of the public to express their views in writing on the general directions it should impose on Glencore for the Horne Smelter until 2027. In addition, an in-person session will be held in Rouyn-Noranda towards the end of the consultation period for individuals that were unable to participate in the online consultation. In this way, the government is responding to the public’s need for information about the current impacts of the smelter and wishes to hear their concerns in the context of the work associated with the renewal of the Ministerial Authorization.
The 45-day online consultation will be held on the government’s consultation platform at Québec.ca, where people can give their opinion by answering a short series of questions or by submitting a brief. In order to provide a complete picture of the situation, key documents directly related to the file will be posted on the platform, and all briefs submitted will also be available at the same web location at the end of the consultation period.
Once the consultation has concluded, comments received through the questionnaire and written submissions will be collated and used by the Ministère to finalize its review, intending to make a decision regarding the renewal of Glencore’s Ministerial Authorization for the Horne Smelter by the end of November 2022.
Quotes:“We have said it over and over again: we will not compromise on the health of our citizens. The conditions I am presenting today will bring the company, we are convinced, very significantly closer to compliance with Québec standards, and ultimately, to reaching the 3 ng/m3 ceiling for arsenic emissions. Let me be absolutely clear: if Glencore fails to comply with the government’s requirements, the Horne Smelter will be forced to close. As part of the ongoing process, I encourage the population of Rouyn-Noranda and the entire region to participate in the online consultation, which will soon begin. This is a golden opportunity to all interested parties to participate in the process.”
Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Minister Responsible for the Fight against Racism and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region.
“I take pride in the proposal we are presenting today. We had to balance the environmental, economic, social and health aspects of this issue, which is very important for the Abitibi‑Témiscamingue region, and I firmly believe that we have found the optimal solution under the circumstances. I would like to thank everyone that contributed to the conversation so far and, as well as all those who have chosen to participate in the consultation. I also want to thank my colleague, Benoit Charette, for his determined work on this dossier.”
Pierre Dufour, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec Regions
Related link:Participate in the online consultation starting September 6, 2022: https://consultation.quebec.ca/processes/fonderie-horne
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