ArcelorMittal Dofasco, based in Hamilton, Canada, announced on 17 September 2009 that it plans to invest more than $16 million over the next 3-5 years to improve air quality around its facilities. The Blue Skies Air Quality Action Plan will result in significant improvements to local air shed.
"Blue Skies is the next step in ArcelorMittal Dofasco's longstanding and continuous commitment to reduce its environmental footprint. Hamilton's air quality has improved significantly in the last 10 years" said Jim Stirling, ArcelorMittal Dofasco General Manager, Environment.
More than $10 million of the programme funding will be invested by the end of 2010. The remainder will be phased in over the following 4 years. From energy efficiency upgrades to waste gas recovery, dust abatement practices and leak detection and emissions monitoring, ArcelorMittal Dofasco's teams are working with government stakeholders to find partnership resources to support capital projects with conservation/efficiency attributes.
Local community and environmental groups have been engaged for consultation. They will be consulted going forward when future possibilities for improvement will be discussed.
"ArcelorMittal Dofasco and the Ontario government have a mutual goal of improving air quality in Ontario. We are also aligned in our vision for a strong and sustainable steel and manufacturing sector," said Juergen Schachler, President and CEO.
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