For Immediate Release
Oct 7, 2014

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Ecojustice available to comment on Chemical Valley findings in Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s annual report


TORONTO –

Ecojustice senior staff scientist Dr. Elaine MacDonald is available to comment immediately following the Environment Commissioner of Ontario’s media conference about his annual report, Managing New Challenges. The report examines the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s response to requests regarding cumulative effects of air pollution and spills in Chemical Valley — located in Sarnia, Ontario.

On behalf of Ada Lockridge and Ron Plain, members of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Ecojustice staff submitted Environmental Bill of Rights requests to the Ministry of the Environment in 2009 and 2013. The ministry failed to complete a review in response to the 2009 request for cumulative effects policy in Chemical Valley and did not take action in response to the 2013 request for an investigation into multiple spills to air from a nearby refinery.

Dr. MacDonald wrote Exposing Canada’s Chemical Valley, a 2007 report documenting the staggering amount of air pollution released from industrial facilities around Sarnia.

WHEN:

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 at 10 a.m. (after the Commissioner’s press conference)

WHERE:

Queen’s Park Media Studio, Legislative Building

Toronto, Ontario

WHO:

Dr. Elaine MacDonald, senior staff scientist | Ecojustice

For media inquiries

To arrange an interview, please contact:

Dr. Elaine MacDonald, senior staff scientist | Ecojustice, 416-564-4400 (mobile)