From the industrial wastelands of northwest Etobicoke to the wilds of Scarborough, big biz ismucking up our air. The scary part? It?s all legal ? yet fewer than 3 per cent of businessesactually own up to their toxic releases. It could be a company near you.
Who O-I Canada Corp.
What Glass manufacturer
Where 777 Kipling
How much 889 tonnes, most of it is acid-rain-causing nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxides.
Who Owens Corning
What Not the cookware people but the manufacturers of fibreglass insulation
Where 3450 McNicoll
How much 480 tonnes, almost a third of it (147 tonnes) PM2.5.
What City-owned district power supplier
Where 95 Walton and 120 Pearl
How much 409 tonnes of particulate matter. The irony is that these plants cut A/C power drain from 115 buildings in the downtown core through Enwave's deep lake water cooling project.
Who Profile Industries
What Office furniture manufacturer
Where 201 Garyray Drive
How much 252 tonnes, the bulk of it xylene, a benzene derivative of petroleum and coal tar.
Who Redpath Sugar
What Historic lakefront sugar refinery
Where 95 Queens Quay East
How much 220 tonnes, mostly nitrogen oxides. Smell not so sweet.
Who Jacobs & Thompson
What Foam and sponge products
Where 89 Kenhar
How much 220 tonnes, all of it toluene, a volatile organic compound that smells like paint thinner.
Who Quebecor World
What Commercial printers
Where 2250 Islington
How much 217 tonnes, all of it toluene, exposure to which can put pregnant women at risk of having babies with neurological and developmental problems.
Who CanRoof Corp.
What Manufacturer of asphalt shingles
Where 560 Commissioners
How much 210 tonnes. It's one of the most modern asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities in the country, but it still spews tonnes of harmful carbon monoxide.
Who Highland Creek Treatment Plant
What City-run sewage treatment
Where 51 Beechgrove
How much 207 tonnes of airborne emissions, most of it carbon monoxide. Frighteningly, the lethal stuff -- lead, cadmium, mercury and phosphorous -- ends up in our drinking water.
What Major aluminum processor and producer, with $75 million annual sales in exports
Where 7 Alloy
How much 176 tonnes, including deadly dioxins, furans and aluminum dust.
Who The International Group Inc.
What Manufacturer of wax, white oils and polypropylene
Where 50 Salome
How much 147 tonnes, 78 tonnes of it methyl ethyl ketone, exposure to high concentrations of which can cause unconsiousness or death.
Who Sonofi Pasteur (formerly Aventis Pasteur)
What Global vaccine producer
Where 1755 Steeles West
How much 123 tonnes, most of it particulate matter 2.5, or PM2.5, a cocktail of volatile compounds particularly dangerous for the young and old and those with asthma.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment estimates that trans-boundary pollutants, those making their way here from the U.S., contribute at least 50 per cent of ozone during smog days.
Hold your breath Toronto?s air is scarier than you think
? Exposure to toxic emissions in the air poses the greatest health risk.
? Yet only 3 per cent of T.O. businesses publicly report pollution emissions.
? In fact, more than 60 per cent of all toxic air releases in Toronto go unreported.
? Twenty-five toxic chemicals released into the air have been identified as "substances of priority" by Toronto Public Health, some of them present in the air at up to 1,000 times acceptable levels.
? More than 80 per cent of emissions of these "substances of priority" toxins are not even reported to the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI).
?The toxic substances that scare the hell out of Public Health: mercury, cadmium and lead, which are released in "relatively small quantities" in T.O. but are very toxic. (Cadmium and lead are carcinogens, mercury and lead neurotoxins).
? On average, less than 40 per cent of harmful emissions come from mobile sources.
? Greenhouse gas emissions are not included in the NPRI.