Ring of Fire Updates Weekly News Roundup

October 20-26, 2019 : Weekly News Roundup

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The news this week was all about opposition to the proposed ferrochrome smelter in Sault Ste. Marie, and Noront’s attempts to respond to communities’ concerns. Though protests and public outcry continue to build amongst residents of Sault Ste. Marie, Noront stands firm in its commitment to the city as its first choice for the smelter.

October 20, 2019 (Soo Today):

Anti-ferrochrome smelter protest hits Clergue Park and Bay Street

Protesters say Noront’s ferrochrome processing facility would kill off people, the local environment, and the economy

“No ferrochrome! This is our home!” Slogans spilled from the more than two dozen protestors who assembled at both Clergue Park and Bay Street Saturday, in an effort to voice their displeasure with the possibility that Noront Resources Ltd. will build a ferrochrome processing facility in Sault Ste. Marie in the coming years. The anti-smelter protest follows on the heels of last month’s announcement of the site selection for the ferrochrome facility and a 99-year lease on the property pending a five-year environmental assessment and engagement process. Read more here…

October 23, 2019 (Soo Today):

Noront still committed to Sault ferrochrome plant

“After more than five hours of consultations with sometimes-hostile Saultites, Noront Resources Ltd. says it still prefers Sault Ste. Marie as the future site of its billion-dollar ferrochrome facility. Hundreds of locals showed up at the company’s first open house Wednesday for its proposed ferrochrome processing facility.” Read more here…

October 24, 2019 (CTV News):

Noront CEO responds to Timmins mayor about ferrochrome smelter

“When asked if the plans for the proposed ferrochrome smelter to be built in Sault Ste. Marie for the Ring of Fire are finalized or if there is still a chance it could be built in Timmins, Coutts said it’s “too early to speculate on that.” “Listen, I’m flattered. I know the mayor and I’m flattered that you know Timmins still wants us. We told Sault Ste. Marie it’s very preliminary to speculate on moving the plants out of here somewhere else. We are going to engage and we’re going to try to make this work with the Soo, and this is our choice and we’re going to make best efforts to make this happen here,” said Coutts.” Read more here…

October 24, 2019 (CTV News):

Noront officials grilled on proposed Soo smelter

“Thursday night in Sault Ste. Marie, residents had an opportunity to speak with Noront Resources officials regarding the ferrochrome smelter that is expected to be built in the city over the next decade as part of the Ring of Fire project. For five hours, the Noront team was grilled by the public with concerns regarding the proposed smelter.” Read more here…

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