by Larry PowellROBLIN, MB Se 10-2010
Environmentalists and citizens battling to protect air quality in parts of the Swan valley of western Manitoba have suffered a setback.
“Paths Less Travelled” has just learned, Manitoba’s Clean Environment Commission is recommending that Louisiana Pacific Canada Limited’s wood products plant near Minitonas, be allowed to continue to operate without the use of pollution control devices.
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Opponents of LP’s application to keep those controls (known as regenerative thermal oxidizers) shut down permanently, have yet to comment on the recommendations, which were just made public today.
Groups such as “Concerned Citizens of the Valley” had been strongly opposing the shutdown, claiming it would lead to sharply increased releases of toxic substances from the plant, into the air.
Manitoba’s Minister of the Environment, Bill Blaikie, must now review the recommendations and make a final decision on them.
Please also read "The Great Debate Over Air Quality in the Swan Valley Reaches a Climax,"