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Toxic legacy still ruins Canadian lives

Published by MAC on 2007-08-10


Toxic legacy still ruins Canadian lives

10th August 2007

A forty year Canadian legacy of soil contamination, linked to severe ill health and premature deaths, has still not been addressed. A lead smelter, set up by Noranda in the sixties (now operated by Xstrata-Falconbridge) allegedly continues to poison workers and residents in the Belledune area of New Brunswick.

Meanwhile a study of workers at the smelter, published by Neurology journal last month, appears to show that those with high literacy levels suffer less from lead smelter exposure than those with a lower reading ability, although all of them continue to suffer some disability.

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