MUN grad playing a major role

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Ashley Fitzpatrick’s Sept. 28 account of the history surrounding Voisey’s Bay, including the remarks of Jeff McLaughlin, vice-president of Vale NL, was a tad incomplete.

The research and development of the new hydrometallurgical process was carried out in Toronto, under the supervision of a Newfoundlander: Don Stevens, a chemistry graduate of Memorial University. Stevens later headed the Argentia pilot scale plant and, I believe, manages the main facility at Long Harbour. Therefore the subheading should have read “Project was built by prospectors, miners, scientists, Liberals and Conservatives.”

Frank R. Smith, retired professor of chemistry

St. John’s

Organizations: Argentia, Conservatives

Geographic location: Toronto, Long Harbour

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