Ontario should have tough air pollution standards for the province.
Focusing on the cumulative effects of air pollution in a geographical region, rather than just focusing on an individual facility’s emissions is a good start but more needs to be done.
The provincial proposal is solely focused on benzene emissions in the Sarnia area and benzene and benzo[a]pyrene in areas around Hamilton. Benzene is known to cause cancer in humans at higher levels over a prolonged period of time.
Focusing on benzene alone in an area like Sarnia is completely inadequate and ignores the cocktail of air contaminants to which residents and workers are exposed on a daily basis.
Ontario should be setting an overall standard for the quality of air for the province. If you have 100 plants all meeting the emissions standard from their plant and the cumulative impact is it makes people sick then you haven’t done anything useful.