Halon 1301 was used in the North American telecommunications industry in fire-extinguishing equipment because it is not toxic to humans, but has very high ozone-depleting properties. TELUS continues its multi-year effort to remove this compound across the organization and replace it with more environmentally sensitive detection and suppression technology. Since 2004, TELUS has removed more than 33,000 kg of Halon 1301 from our properties. In 2011, we removed the Halon 1301 from two remote facilities. Our remaining inventory is located at eight remote facilities outside the major urban areas where we operate.
In 2012, we have targeted four of the remaining eight facilities for Halon 1301 removal. This is part of a multi-year plan to remove all Halon 1301 from our facilities.