Sudbury News: Local mining company to test emergency response
A Sudbury-area mining company practices its acid spill emergency response on Thursday.
Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations will conduct the tabletop exercise from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at the Garson Community Arena, the city said in a news release.
The company said the simulation is in partnership with NorFalco Inc., a subsidiary of Glencore which distributes sulfuric acid in North America, and the City of Greater Sudbury. It will also accommodate firefighters, paramedics and emergency management teams.
The city said the exercise will give the Sudbury-based mining company an opportunity to test emergency protocols, while participating first responders will also test response protocols.
A series of acid spills will be simulated by a haul truck leaving Glencore’s smelter property on Longyear Drive and along Falconbridge Road to Garson, the city said.
Organizers will simulate the acid spill with water and said no real acid will be used during the exercise. All materials used will be non-toxic and will not harm residents or the environment in any way, the company said.
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