The World Forum - May 23rd, 2024

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Quebec government releases list of companies allowed to exceed pollution norms

Quebec's Environment Department has released a list of eight companies that have the right to exceed provincial norms when it comes to water or air emissions. 

The list includes pulp and paper mills, metal and mining companies and the Horne copper smelter in western Quebec, which made headlines earlier this year after it emerged that it was certified to emit 33 times the provincewide standard of arsenic per cubic metre of air.

Environment Minister Benoit Charette announced earlier this month that the Swiss-owned smelter would have to reduce those emissions to five times the provincial norm by 2027, but he had been been facing pressure to unveil the list of all the companies that are allowed to exceed pollution limits.