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ENVIRONMENT: First new converter delivered for Vale’s Clean AER project

ONTARIO – Vale has taken delivery of the first of four new converters as part of its Clean AER (atmospheric emissions reduction) project in Sudbury. The project involves a complete retrofit of the converter aisle in the Copper Cliff...



ONTARIO – Vale has taken delivery of the first of four new converters as part of its Clean AER (atmospheric emissions reduction) project in Sudbury. The project involves a complete retrofit of the converter aisle in the Copper Cliff smelter.

Vale says the Clean AER project will cost $2 billion, and as such it is one of the largest single environmental investments in Ontario history. When the project is complete, sulphur dioxide levels from the smelter will be reduced 70% from current levels. Dust and metals emissions will be reduced a further 35% to 40%.

The delivery of the first converter is as wide as both lanes of the local roads, and Vale has apologized for any inconvenience that may cause for local residents. (Vale.com)