The concerned group argues this comes twelve years after the plant was proposed, and assurances that MDI would not be used, because plant proponents had ways to manufacture the boards that were not detrimental to human health and safety. Since the plant was built in 2004/2005, it has not used MDI, which stands for methylene biphenyl isocyanate.
The group contends that Worksafe BC has identified isocyanates as very reactive chemicals that are irritants to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. It further argues short-term exposure can cause dermatitis and irritation or burns to the eyes, nose, and throat, and that even a small amounts can produce significant health effects, such as asthma.
PVOSB maintains that by the time any emissions reach the limit of its property, there will be no effect on residents. It also argues that MDI is used in many products like spray foam insulation, plastics for appliances, furniture and shoe glue, and is used at every other Louisiana Pacific OSB plant in North America.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19.