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Oct 08, 2019


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Decide Now on Ferrochrome Plant

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 – by Tom Mills (Sudbury Star – October 5, 2019)

In this column, I’m not going to get into specifics about the possible health and environmental impacts of Sault Ste. Marie’s planned Noront Resources ferrochrome plant.

That makes me a lot like city council. They won’t discuss those things right now either. Now is not the time, argues Sault Mayor Christian Provenzano. Let the “process” unfold.

Eventually, there will be an environmental assessment, which apparently could take about five years, and public consultation. Provenzano said he has made it clear to Noront that, “There’s no way I’m signing up for something that will hurt anyone in our community.”

How he would block the ferrochrome plant five years from now is a mystery, since he has indicated this is his final term as mayor. Regardless, it’s puzzling why the “process” council has embraced seems to defer the only important question about a ferrochrome plant to the very end.

Surely the only real objections this community could have to Noront’s plan involve health and environmental concerns. I can’t see too many Saultites complaining about the 500 or so well-paying jobs a ferrochrome plant would bring to the community.

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