Dombind Forever?

Dombind Forever?

Paper giant Norampac Inc., continuing its litigious habits, has appealed to the Ontario Divisional Court an Environmental Review Tribunal ruling issued in June 2001 that would stop spreading of the dust suppressant Dombind on rural roads by October 2002. The company’s Trenton cardboard mill (near the mouth the Trent River, flowing into Lake Ontario) had insisted it needs permission to give away the dioxin-containing dust-buster to municipalities in 2003 as well, since it expects proposed waste treatment equipment at the mill won’t be fully operational until early 2004. Dombind is very harmful when it washes off roads into aquatic habitats, since it has a very high biological oxygen demand in addition to toxins such as furans, dioxins, and phenols. The Federation of Ontario Naturalists, the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations, Quinte Watershed Cleanup and several eastern Ontario residents, all represented by the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, had sought an immediate ban on Dombind. The tribunal took the middle position by upholding the Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s order that permits Norampac to supply Dombind for spreading on roads for only one more year (2002) . The Ministry started trying to reign in Norampac’s use of Dombind in 1993 — isn’t nine years enough time for the company to get its act together?!

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