NICKEL IN LIMOULOU: THE PORT HOPES THE SOURCE WILL BE IDENTIFIED RAPIDLY
Québec, March 21, 2013 – The Québec Port Authority is hoping that light will be shed as soon as possible on the source of the nickel found in the Limoilou neighbourhood. The Port is taking all necessary measures and providing its full cooperation in efforts to provide a clear picture of the situation.
“This is a worrying situation for everybody and we are taking it very seriously,” said Mario Girard, President and CEO of the Québec Port Authority. Our first priority is identifying the nature and source of the nickel. To this end, we are working with environmental authorities, and the entire team here at the port has been mobilized to analyze the available data and collate any information that might be relevant. It is also important to provide clear answers to the public about potential health risks, which is the responsibility of the Direction de la santé publique.
An appeal for caution
Pending the identification of the sources of nickel in the air, the nature of the contamination and the possible health risks, the Port Authority is calling on the public to exercise caution. “Analysing the particles is a complex task, so we should avoid jumping to conclusions,” said Mr. Girard. “There is more than one potential source.”
In collaboration with its partners, the Port has been engaged in a process of continuous improvement to ensure that the highest standards are met within its area of operations. For example, St. Lawrence Stevedoring is on track towards a $7 million investment in equipment and infrastructure, helping to further reduce dust emissions. The Port will also install a dozen new dust collectors in the area.
“We fully understand that the port’s development must comply with the community’s standards and we will continue to work hard to achieve this,” said Mr. Girard.
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