The ferrochrome debate is heating up in Sault Ste. Marie.

During a Saturday meeting in the Sault, more than 300 people gathered to express concern about the city’s deal with Noront to develop a ferrochrome plant – a deal that occurred without any public consultation process.

Peggy Lauzon, an instructor at Algoma University, facilitated the meeting for concerned citizens, explaining, “I think that we have a long history of being a steel industry, and I honour that and I understand that that’s important, but think that we need to rely on our experts to ensure the health and safety of our community.”

On Saturday’s meeting, doctors and scientists shared their research on the subject of ferrochrome production, including the harmful effects of an additional industrial facility in the already cancer-prone Algoma area.

Physicians brought forward research identifying Sault Ste. Marie as a “hot spot” for cancers, especially blood-related ones.


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