FIRST NA­TION RES­I­DENT SEEKS LONG-PROMISED AIR POL­LU­TION RE­VIEW

Windsor Star - - CANADA -

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.

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