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Tuesday October 12th, 2010

Posted at 10:07am

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Firefighters battle a plastics fire on Windsor's west side, back in June of this year

The Global Day for Action on Climate Change didn’t just pass by in Windsor.

The Windsor On Watch TOXIC TOUR took a group of around thirty environmentally concerned people on a trip (via a Transit Windsor hybrid bus) to a number of notorious pollution sites in west Windsor.

Speaking about June’s major plastics fire in the west-end, Suzy Myskow, organizer of the Toxic Tour recalled, “The firemen said [to me] they couldn’t even put it out because the smoke that would be generated would be worse than if they just let it burn out…and it was highly carcinogenic”.

Myskow described the Tour’s purpose in the west end.  “We gave out a number of dishonourable mentions”, she said while listing known pollution sites and catalysts to climate change, “We did the West Windsor Power Plant, Nemak, ADM Agra Industries, and BP Canada.”

“We chose to do just the N9C postal code,” said Myskow, who planned and led the tour.

Windsor On Watch made use of Scorecard.org, the US’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory and 350.org to discover what types of pollutants were being expelled from nearby factories.

Myskow described the Toxic Tour as a great educational success for participants and hopes to plan more events like this in the future, “We did one honourable mention site in the area, and it was Ojibway Park.”

Windsor On Watch will be launching their blog soon at http://windsoronwatch.wordpress.com and will have pictures from the Toxic Tour up shortly.

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