On November 28 and 29, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) and the Canadian Fuels Association (CFA) met key officials at Queen’s Park to reinforce their support for the Ontario government’s recent decision to fund a health study to determine the impact of the local petrochemical industry on the health of Sarnia-Lambton residents and of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation.
Meeting with Minister of Environment and Climate Change Chris Ballard and other officials, CIAC and CFA outlined four key points:
- Industry needs to be consulted and involved as the health study moves forward;
- The study must be responsive to the needs and expectations of the Sarnia-Lambton and Aamjiwnaang communities;
- It must be scientifically credible and build on the work previously undertaken by the Sarnia-Lambton Health Study team; and
- Efforts between the Ontario Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment and Climate Change must be coordinated, as well as efforts between the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada.
CIAC will be meeting with relevant officials in Ottawa prior to year-end to reinforce these messages at the federal level.