Superstack to be decommissioned, but no immediate plans for demolition
'Hard to believe' Superstack could be gone one day: Sudbury MP Thibeault
Vale will replace its Copper Cliff smokestack with two smaller, more energy-efficient stacks, the mining company announced at a news conference today.
"We are proud to be reducing emissions to a point where the Superstack is no longer required," said Vale vice-president Stuart Harshaw.
With the stack being taken out of service, Harshaw said that kids in the area will one day view the Sudbury skyline differently. And told those students who were attendance that they would never have to "taste sulphur."
Finally got an up close view of Sudbury's famous Superstack! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/localsights?src=hash">#localsights</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coppercliff?src=hash">#coppercliff</a> <a href="https://t.co/Iw8onaxo48">pic.twitter.com/Iw8onaxo48</a>—@selenamcbride
Two stacks will reduce emissions further
According to Vale, the change to two stacks will help reduce the smelter's greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 40 per cent.
The 380 metre high Sudbury landmark — some would call it iconic — was built in 1970 by INCO to reduce environmental degradation in the city. INCO was purchased by Vale in 2006.
Talk of reducing the stack surfaced in 2014, when Vale studied the feasibility of reducing the size or eliminating it altogether.
At the time, Vale said if they chose to eliminate the the stack, a third party company would be hired to decommission and tear it down.