July 18, 2014 5:02 pm
Updated: July 18, 2014 5:06 pm

More room for development in Kitimat Airshed: Government


VANCOUVER – The provincial government says if its carefully managed, there is plenty of room for more industrial development in the Kitimat Airshed.

It has now released results from an independent assessment, looking at how emissions from industrial activity would affect human health and the environment.

The report is timely, being that four liquefied natural gas facilities have been proposed for the area around Kitimat, which will likely bring an increase in shipping in the Douglas Channel.

Rio Tinto Alcan is expected to revamp existing aluminum smelter, which could affect the level of emissions.

“What it tells us is that for any industrial development in the Kitimat Airshed, we will have to ensure that our permitting takes into account the impact on the Airshed,” said Environment Minister Mary Polak. “The information we have in this study will guide us as we establish the permitting requirements for any industrial activity in that Airshed.”

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