FIRST NATION RESIDENT SEEKS LONG-PROMISED AIR POLLUTION REVIEW
A resident of an Ontario First Nation surrounded by industrial facilities is taking the provincial government to court to demand it complete an air-quality review promised eight years ago. Ada Lockridge, pictured, of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, in an area known as “Chemical Valley” near Sarnia, Ont., first secured a commitment in 2009 from the Ministry of Environment to review how air pollution is regulated where there are multiple emitters. Currently, the ministry only considers the emissions of one particular facility when issuing approvals and orders, not cumulative effects from various facilities. The Environmental Bill of Rights sets out a legal duty for the ministry to complete a review like the one promised to Lockridge “within a reasonable time.” Eight years is not reasonable, Lockridge argues.