Nickel standard: CWC government allows five times more emissions

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nanogrammes par mètre cube (ng/m3) ainsi qu’une norme annuelle de 20ng/m3 permettent au Québec de s’ajuster aux normes en vigueur ailleurs au Canada, notamment en Ontario, ainsi qu’en Europe”,”text”:”La nouvelle norme quotidienne de 70nanogrammes par mètre cube (ng/m3) ainsi qu’une norme annuelle de 20ng/m3 permettent au Québec de s’ajuster aux normes en vigueur ailleurs au Canada, notamment en Ontario, ainsi qu’en Europe”}}”>The new daily standard of 70 nanograms per cubic meter (ng/m3), as well as an annual standard of 20 ng/m3, allow Quebec to meet standards in place elsewhere in Canada, particularly Ontario, as well as in Europe.can be read in a press release from the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.

The government argues that the committee that reviewed the new rule concluded that it was advantageous and safe to modify the rate of particles allowed in the air.

Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and Fight against Climate Change of Quebec.

According to Minister Benoit Charette, Quebec is the first province to have achieved its biodiversity protection goals.

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The Future Quebec Coalition it also prides itself on protecting the public from the carcinogenic effects of particulate matter, as the standard will be based on a 24-hour period.

heures protégera les individus plus sensibles qui pourraient être affectés plus rapidement que la population générale s’ils sont exposés à de fortes concentrations”,”text”:”À noter que la norme annuelle est la norme la plus utilisée à l’international, plusieurs États n’appliquant pas de norme journalière. […] Une valeur sur 24heures protégera les individus plus sensibles qui pourraient être affectés plus rapidement que la population générale s’ils sont exposés à de fortes concentrations”}}”>It should be noted that the annual standard is the most widely used standard internationally, with several States not applying a daily standard. […] A value of 24 hours will protect the most sensitive people who may be affected more quickly than the general population if exposed to high concentrations.the statement said.

Québec Solidarity calls again for the resignation of Benoit Charette

Upon learning of the government’s intentions, the Québec solidaire (QS) deputies once again called for the resignation of the Québec Minister of the Environment.

By authorizing corporations to pollute even more, Minister Charette is giving us yet another reason why he should resign! He obviously is not the Minister of the Environment, but the Minister of Businesssays Émilise Lessard-Therrien, solidarity manager for the environment.

Solidarity deputies promise to continue fighting in this file.

If the government wants to continue poisoning our world, it will find us in its path, argues the deputy for Jean-LesageSolZanetti.

Bruno Marchand, Mayor of Quebec City.

Bruno Marchand, Mayor of Quebec City

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Marchand asks the Government for explanations

The decision is far from pleasing Quebec Mayor Bruno Marchand. The city council voted unanimously against raising the standard in February.

I certainly can’t be happy about it. I still think that before changing the rule, the government had a duty to explain how it would enforce the regulations.explains Mayor Marchand.

Let’s remember that the issue of nickel emissions is sensitive for many citizens of Quebec, especially those who live in the Limoilou sector. some complain about the air quality in your neighborhood During years.

« The Environment Ministry must now explain to health-conscious citizens how it will enforce the new rule. »

a quote from Bruno Marchand, Mayor of Quebec
A woman holds a sign on which is written: Legault you are not a gift.

Ève Duhaime is a member of the Maizerets District Council and the East Littoral Citizens’ Bureau.

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On the Quebec First side, we also deplore Quebec’s decision.

CAQ cesse de polluer l’air des citoyens de Québec”,”text”:”L’acceptabilité sociale c’est important pour le tramway mais pas pour la qualité de l’air. Il serait temps que la CAQ cesse de polluer l’air des citoyens de Québec”}}”>Social acceptability is important for the tram, but not for air quality. It would be the moment of Future Quebec Coalition stop polluting the air of Quebec citizensdeclares the leader of the party, Claude Villeneuve.

CAQ se soucie de l’acceptabilité sociale?”,”text”:”Après ça, ils veulent nous faire croire que la CAQ se soucie de l’acceptabilité sociale?”}}”>After that, they want us to believe that the Future Quebec Coalition Does social acceptability matter to you?Jackie Smith, director of Transition Quebec, also tweeted.

angry citizens

Many citizens who do not agree with the relaxation of the norm got angry on Tuesday, like Véronique Lalande.

Great disappointment and the impression, once again, that the life of citizens is never up to the lobby of the nickel industry.who is part of the Citizen Watch Initiative of the Port of Quebec writes by email

Ms Lalande believes that the government never wanted to change its tune on the issue of the increase, no matter what came its way. If we don’t want to put our decisions to the test of facts, we can at least have the decency to say so..

For his part, the president of the Vieux-Limoilou district council Raymond Poirier intends to keep up the pressure.

We will continue to demand that right, and obviously, on nickel, we will hope that there is a step back, that we return to the status quo, that we listen to the precautionary principle. And we hope that the rest of the measures to come to document and act on air pollution will go beyond what is currently announced, which is largely insufficient.Mr. Poirier reacts.


With information from Louise Boisvert, Pierre-Alexandre Bolduc and David Rémillard

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