TORONTO, Ontario Environmental advocate GREENPEACE has targeted NORANDA’s head office to protest what the organization calls "decades of environmental destruction and contamination". Greenpeace erected a 12-ft-high dam in front of Noranda offices and demanded the company cancel its Alumysa aluminum smelter project in Chile. Part of the project involves building six power dams. In August Noranda temporarily suspended work at the project.
The Greenpeace report, called "A Life of Crime", calls Noranda one of the largest 100 polluters in Canada. It condemns the Magnola magnesium plant as Canada’s single largest emitter of dioxin. It says communities near the Altonorte smelter in Chile are suffering respiratory problems. Greenpeace Canada executive director Peter Tabuns delivered the report to Noranda headquarters in Toronto.
Noranda, for its part, has remained quiet on the subject of the Greenpeace accusations. More information about the Alumysa project is available at www.noranda.com by searching for Alumysa.