CELA and Environment Hamilton recently sent a letter to Ontario Premier Ford to express their concerns about air quality in Hamilton.
Specifically, cancer-causing pollutants were detected in a recent study that found that Hamilton’s concentrations of benzo(a)pyrene exceed Ontario’s provincial air standards. Air quality monitors observed exceedances of this substance not only near industrial facilities where it is emitted but throughout the city of Hamilton. The likely prevalence of this chemical in Hamilton’s low-income communities nearest the industrial facilities emitting it raises questions of equity as to whether they are being disproportionately impacted by the implementation of Ontario’s environmental laws and policies.
Update: CELA received a response from the province in September, 2023. Click here to see the response.