Toxic legacy still ruins Canadian livesPublished 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.