The first meeting is a follow up to a public meeting held in December, when members of the public expressed their worries about past health issues, as well as concerns that they felt they were told MDI would not be used when the plant was originally built. Once again, on January 29 at Baldonnel School, organizer Sandra Cushway says residents will be invited to voice their opinions in an open mic format.
"We are concerned about our children, our health and our community," she says. "They will all be affected by the outcome of this application. Please make a stand and voice your opinion on the application for the use of MDI in the Peace Valley OSB Plant."
The next day, PVOSB will be holding its own information session, the first public one since they announced they were making the application in November. General Manager Ian Coote says he's received many questions since then, and has met with people at the plant and made presentations to community groups.
"Given the number of questions we’ve received and the level of interest in our application throughout the community, we’ve decided to host an Information Open House and provide an opportunity for everyone to learn more about our application," he says. "We encourage everyone with an interest in our application to attend and speak directly with the team of experts who are the most knowledgeable about our application to use MDI."
The open house will be held on January 30 at the North Peace Cultural Centre from 7 to 9 p.m. The first part will be an informal open house for residents to speak with experts on the matter, and the second half will be a question and answer period with those experts, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The Ministry of Environment is currently reviewing PVOSB's application and its submitted emissions modelling. A spokesperson for the Ministry says it is aware of the community's concerns, and is checking to make sure those concerns have been addressed in the application. The public comment period was scheduled to end on January 15, meaning a decision on what approvals would be necessary is still some time away.