Gerry Rogers Question Period (11.29.2012)

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Member for St. John’s Centre.

MS ROGERS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Speaker, despite the existence of a silica dust code, there are even more cases of silicosis and cancer among the hard-working miners in Labrador West. In November 2010, Service Newfoundland and Labrador issued an RFP for a medical review of the x-rays of mine workers and a company was chosen to do it. It is November 2012, two years later – two years later, Mr. Speaker – and workers are still waiting for this study to start.

Mr. Speaker, I ask the minister: Why has the medical review of these workers’ X-rays not started and when will it start?

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Service Newfoundland and Labrador.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. MCGRATH: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

Very recently, we just finished negotiations with the company that will be carrying out the audit on the dust study. Within a matter of days – we just finished putting the negotiations on the table and we should very quickly see where the audit will start. So, in the very near future, we will have an answer on that.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The Member for St. John’s Centre.

MS ROGERS: Mr. Speaker, it is two years later – two years later. The Silica Code of Practice was expected to result in safer air quality for miners and for all the people of Labrador West.

Mr. Speaker, I ask the minister: Will the department fund a dust study of the communities to ensure that public health of the people of Labrador West is protected?

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Minister of Service Newfoundland and Labrador.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. MCGRATH: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

We are very aware of the dust problems, especially in all the industrial areas in of our Province, and this is part of the negotiations that we were working on to have this dust study done. The negotiations were just finalized, as I said, just a couple of days ago, and we will move forward in the very near future.

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