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Toxic cloud at Malartic mine site

Residents in Malartic are concerned with the potential impacts of blasting at the Osisko open-pit gold mine in the town.

About 10 days ago, a huge orange cloud of potentially toxic nitrogen dioxide rose above the mine site. It came from dynamiting on the site, which is part of the mine's development.

It's not the first time residents have heard an explosion and seen clouds of smoke and dust. But it was seemingly the biggest to date. And it resulted in a public meeting in the town last week.

Susan speaks with Dr. Réal Lacombe is the Regional Director of Public Health in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

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Osisko says residents are not at risk, because the company is taking proper precautions. We hear from Denis Cimon, the manager of Osisko's Canadian Malartic project.

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