The Manitoba Government has rejected the appeal of license #2954, issued to the Louisiana Pacific Swan Valley oriented strand board (OBS) plant, allowing the corporation to remove their RTO pollution controls to save money.
“Manitoba is giving the green light to multi-national corporations looking for a way to get around U.S. pollution control laws,” said Susanne McCrea of the Boreal Forest Network (BFN).
BFN and the Concerned Citizens of the Valley submitted a joint appeal of the licence, in April, 2011, when a limited CEC process failed to recommend, or even report on the extensive expert evidence submitted by the groups, at their own considerable expense.
“It’s ironic that the Filman Conservatives put the pollution controls in the original 1994 license for LP, after a considerably more extensive CEC process, that the NDP then heralded as a huge victory,” said McCrea. “We’ve worked hard to protect public health of Manitobans and the NDP have now undone it all, allowing LP to simply report on their own emissions.”
Dr. Charles Simon, who has testified in over 100 cases that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has brought against LP, is convinced that the current license is …“a recipe for tropospheric ozone and smog. It can not and will not be avoided. That is a serious degradation of air quality permitted by this license. VOC + NOx + particulate matter + sunlight = tropospheric ozone, smog, and citizen trips to the ER.”
The huge stack that LP has been ordered to build will be designed to disperse the pollution further instead of using controls to stop much of it at the source.
“That stack will stick out like a sore thumb,” McCrea added. “It will be a monument to remind people of the large volumes of pollution coming out of it that no independent body will ever monitor.”
This decision is certainly not in keeping with the Province of Manitoba’s conservation platform on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, where they are taking every step to promote environmentalism. This whole process has taken over three years, three Conservation Ministers, one election, over $50,000 of our own money to commission independent experts that the province wouldn’t even talk to.
The Boreal Forest Network is seriously unimpressed with this backward step. We suggest you contact your MLA.