Building a $1-billion ferrochrome plant so close to the Wahnapitae Water Treatment Plant is too risky, opponents say. “When you think about where our water intake is to the context of all of that, we want Sudbury to be aware,” Kate Kearney, a member of No Ferrochrome Sudbury, said Tuesday. “The concern is the risk,” Kearney said.
No Ferrochrome Sudbury is a group of volunteers who oppose the construction of a ferrochrome smelter that would be located on a former Vale site in Coniston. Its members said Noront Resource’s plant would be just 4 km from the water treatment plant, which pumps water to New Sudbury, Coniston, Garson and Wahnapitae. They said the plant supplies 60 per cent of the city’s drinking water.
The group held at the protest on Tuesday at Wahnapitae’s boat launch. They said they fear the plant would produce hexavalent chromium that would be released into the natural environment and in the water.
All of this, they believe, can and will cause health and environmental damage. The protest comes as Noront Resources is considering which of four Northern Ontario communities to locate its plant, which would process chromite ore from the Ring of Fire in northwestern Ontario.
Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay are all in the running for the smelter, which would create up to 350 direct and indirect jobs. The company is expected to make a decision later this year.
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