Ring of Fire Updates Weekly News Roundup

January 14-21, 2020 Weekly News Roundup

This week delves into the human impact of industrial pollutants and the dangers that workers continue to face in the steel manufacturing industry. On January 23, singer/songwriter MD Dunn is set to release the song Your Life for Money. According to the artist, the inspiration for the song came after hearing two retired steelworkers speak during a September 28 Town Hall in Sault Ste. Marie. One of the former steelworkers shared a painful story of his and his former co-workers’ exposure to industrial pollution. According to the two men, they are the only two survivors from their crew.

Meanwhile, on January 13th, Noront Steel, a steel fabrication company, was fined $70,000 following an explosion of a steel drum that critically injured one of its workers at a Sudbury-based facility. On this same day, an Ontario court set a precedent-setting decision for infrastructure projects in Northern Ontario. It found in favour of an environmental group, Wildlands League, who had accused DeBeers Canada of failing to self-monitor and report its effluent, which includes mercury, at its Victor open-pit diamond mine. The case also points to the alleged failure of the Ontario government to properly regulate the mine, which, according to Wildlands League director Trevor Hesselink, raises serious concerns over Ontario’s ability to regulate future Northern Ontario infrastructure and mining projects.

January 13, 2020 (SooToday.com)

Sault musician moved by retired steelworkers to pen ‘protest’ song

MD Dunn wrote lyrics to ‘Your Life For Money’ after hearing their tragic stories

“There has been no shortage of opinions expressed, whether positive or negative, regarding Noront Resources choosing of Sault Ste. Marie as the site of its ferrochrome production facility, designed to process chrome ore from deposits the company will be drawing from the Ring of Fire region for conversion into ferrochrome for the U.S. stainless steel market.” Read more here…

January 13, 2020 (The Sudbury Star)

Company fined $70,000 after worker ‘critically injured by explosion at Sudbury operations

“Noront Steel was fined $70,000 Monday after a worker was badly injured when a steel drum exploded at its operations in the Walden Industrial Park.” Read more here…

January 13, 2020 (Timmins: The Daily Press)

Court sides with environmental groups in ongoing De Beers lawsuit

“There needs to be accountability. We need our regulators to step up and do their job.”

“The courts have ruled in favour of an environmental group that accused De Beers Canada of allegedly failing to report mercury monitoring data collected at the Victor Diamond Mine to the provincial regulator.” Read more here…

January 14, 2020 (Sudbury.com)

Sudbury’s Noront Steel hit with $70K fine for 2018 explosion injuring worker

Steel drum exploded at Noront Steel after worker cut into it

“The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development reported that on Aug. 24, 2018, a worker was cutting drainage holes into a steel drum with a torch when the barrel exploded into flames. The worker received critical injuries.” Read more here…

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