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Arsenic data withdrawn by Arruda: Legault did not intervene

Patrice Bergeron, The Canadian Press

SAGUENAY, Qc — The Legault government ensures that it was not he who intervened to remove data on arsenic in the air in Rouyn-Noranda, but the director of public health at the time, Horacio Arruda .

We recently learned that an appendix had been removed at the last minute from a report on poor air quality in 2019, at the request of Dr Arruda.

For years, authorities have been concerned about emissions from the Horne Smelter. In addition to high arsenic levels, there are more lung cancers and lower birth weight babies.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Prime Minister François Legault said his entourage spoke to Dr. Arruda.

The Prime Minister assured that Public Health is completely autonomous and that the decision to withdraw the annex is solely attributable to Public Health.

Mr. Legault says he understood that Dr. Arruda was waiting for more certain results before publishing them.