Residents and Environment Hamilton also fear worsening air quality if Stelco restarts its blast furnace.

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger says the province should not allow Stelco to restart its idled blast furnace unless the bayfront facility meets stringent air emission standards.

“Let’s not rebuild something that has not been particularly good for our air quality. Let’s build a modern facility that is as clean as current technology allows,” he says.

“My view is that it’s got to meet the best air quality standards that we have currently in place. Hopefully, (the emissions) would be as close to pristine as they could get them. I would say it has to meet current standards, not standards from 20 years ago.”

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