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NEWS RELEASE · 1st May 2015
Rio Tinto Alcan
Today is the last day of the first week of the appeal hearing for Rio Tinto Alcan`s amended SO2 permit.

As Health, Safety and Environment is our top priority, reducing our emissions is a serious matter for us. That is why, over 18 months, a team of third party experts studied through detailed modeling and analysis the potential impacts of the new smelter. Never before, has any aluminium smelter in the world has been so intensely studied for a sole emission.

This report indicates that there are no significant effects from SO2, including human health.

Having the results of our studies in hand, we followed a comprehensive permitting process with the BC Ministry of Environment. We have all of the necessary permits in place to operate the new smelter and we are moving forward. The smelter is 90% complete and we expect first hot metal in the coming months. This will secure employment in the region for decades to come.

The second week of hearings will continue in Victoria on May 11-15, 2015. The final two weeks of the Appeal hearing will be in Kitimat starting June 1-12, 2015.
RTA- SO2(acid rain)
Comment by Leon Dumstrey-Soos on 21st May 2015
Reading this article, and after participating in two RTA workshops at KVI, I am not sure how serious intent and purpose by RTA was in listening what many of us had to say.
At some point no answers were given or an indication how and when there will be reduction not the increase of SO2(acid rain). Are -were-our concerns worthless?
200.000t plus of coal to be burned in one year for the "state of art smelter" as RTA calls it, is a lot.
Better modern scrubbing technologies are not mentioned or considered. Why? Are they to "expensive"?
So it appears that it is cheaper to sacrifice of Flora, Fauna and Human Health.