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Earth to Canada: Stop Polluting U.S. Air and Water!

April 21, 2010

I just saw this article and it just about made me stomp! But I am still in recovery, so I must vent my rage in non-violent and low-impact ways. This is why I blog.

Canada has long been lax on its environmental regulations and they trail the U.S. considerably in controlling deadly pollution. But look at these numbers! The article indicates that Canadian facilities pollute 3x the amount as their U.S. counterparts! I know about this first hand. I have been involved in a grass-roots effort to protect the Upper Columbia River from the harmful effects of toxic discharges from industry north of the border in British Columbia for over 15 year. The Canadian government is a tough nut to crack sometimes.

Breaking Environmental News

The Canadian Press – ONLINE EDITION

Canadian companies near Great Lakes putting more toxins in air than U.S.: report


21/04/2010 6:04 AM |

TORONTO – Canadian companies in the Great Lakes basin are releasing more cancer-causing pollutants into the air than their U.S. counterparts, a new report suggests.

The report, released Wednesday by environmental groups from both sides of the border, says Canadian facilities emitted on average almost three times more known carcinogens per facility than their U.S. counterparts.

Fe de Leon of the Canadian Environmental Law Association says the difference is even more remarkable when one considers there were far fewer Canadian than U.S. facilities reporting data on such chemicals.

“It took us by surprise when saw it pop up,” she says of the data.

The comparison is based on a matched set of 2007 data provided to the Canadian National Pollutant Release Inventory and the U.S. Toxics Release Inventory.

In total, four million kilograms of substances considered to be known carcinogens were released to the air in 2007, from matched facilities in the United States and Canada.

Click here for the rest of the article from the Winnepeg Free Press

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