The research collected and included in this document is primarily intended for the local residents of Nobel, Parry Sound and the surrounding area. The intention of sharing this research now is to pass the baton; to empower those who may wish to continue pursuing further research to find the answers that so many have been longing for: Does environmental contamination still exist on the old Canadian Industries Limited (CIL) and Defence Industries Limited (DIL) properties in Nobel, just 9-10km outside of Parry Sound? Has it migrated off-site into the water, soil or groundwater? Are the Nobel Lands the cause of the nearby high rates of cancer and chronic illnesses?
This document offers an overview of research regarding Nobel. It primarily includes: Nobel’s local history, the explosives productions by CIL, British Cordite Limited (BCL), DIL, indications of environmental contamination (i.e. MOE certificates and monitoring wells), what is currently happening with the former CIL property, local lay knowledge and health concerns, a brief description and review of endocrine disrupting chemicals, and Cancer Care Ontario statistics and their significance in this case. Finally, options for further research, funding, support and possible legal actions — if local residents decide that it is an action they wish to pursue.
Information in this document has been collected from newspapers, books, documentaries, historical documents and letters; websites and maps; the lay knowledge of local residents, public and private sector experts in environment, health, research and law and Cancer Care Ontario statistics.
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