I would like to update everyone on the research I have been conducting on reports of "black sooty fallout" typically found on surfaces such as boat decks/hulls, patios, patio furniture, etc. ,as well as occasional "sawmill, bonfire or noxious" odours.(which may occur during the evening or night). This would depend on wind direction and your location.
Last year I spoke at the LVA meeting and indicated that via discussions with the Ministry of Environment(MOE), one likely source of this fallout/odour was Panolam Industries (old Domtar plant) located just beyond the south shore of Lake Vernon. I will provide a more detailed description of this for the next newsletter. Briefly, Panolam uses formaldahyde (potentially carcinogenic) as well as other toxic substances in their processes,along with incineration,to produce "particleboard". Apparently they have had difficulty complying with their Certificate of Approval (C of A) on several occasions. This information is available through "Freedom of Information". Those concerned with water and air quality need to take special note of the emissions from this company as they may end up in the water as well as the air. Apparently this company will be applying for a new/updated C of A, perhaps indicating that they are expanding their processes.
The MOE has requested that anyone smelling or seeing what I described above should immediately contact the "24 hour spills hotline" at 1-800-268-6060, and get an incident report #. This will allow the MOE to track any suspected violations of environmental limits, and take action when required.
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