The Issue of Sonox
The issue of Sonox being released into the river by Kardell Paper Company is a serious issue. There are many factors in what our role is. Are we to assume responsibility for it and clean it up? Are we to ignore the problem? Or, do we wait collect data, act rationally and decide on the best approach for all parties? If we assume responsibility for a problem that has not been proven to be our own, we will incur costs that are unnecessary. The production of our highest volume plant will be cut, and therefore cut into our profitability. Also, the employees that rely on their jobs with Kardell Paper Company will be without work, which would be detrimental to the economy of the community. Another approach to the problem would be to ignore that it even exists. This would be detrimental to the health of the community if the problem exists. It would also be detrimental to the integrity of our Company. Kardell Paper Company has always complied with provincial regulations, and will continue to do so. Our best decision would be to collect more data, continue to operate the plant, and to react on the data that we collect. If we find evidence that supports the allegations that we are dumping Sonox into the river and it does have a negative side effect, we will act accordingly. We are working to come up with plans that would allow us to run at a profitable capacity and permit us to upgrade should the evidence prove that these actions become necessary.
Many of the valued employees at Kardell Paper Company reside in the community surrounding the Riverside plant. They rely on the plant being open to provide jobs that pay wages that allow them to live in a manner in which they can support themselves. However, they are concerned that their health and the health of their families are at risk because of the levels of Sonox being...