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North Bay, Ont., plant at centre of community concerns over ‘forever chemicals’ – CBC

Jul 19, 2023

Industrial Plastics Canada plans to transform PTFE, better known as Teflon, at facility

Brennain Lloyd says she was concerned when she learned Industrial Plastics Canada (IPC) would be opening a new plant in North Bay, Ont.

“Our concerns are what will be coming out of that plant, what will the emissions be,” said Lloyd, the project co-ordinator with the environmental group Northwatch, which looks at industrial projects in northeastern Ontario.

The company’s plant, due to be fully operational next year, will transform a polymer called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is commonly known under the trade name Teflon.

PTFE is part of a larger group of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). There are more than 10,000 known chemicals in the PFAS family with a wide range of everyday uses.

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