A private landfill operator has filed a notice of appeal to a decision by the B.C. Supreme Court, which ruled his allegations against government officials had no merit.
Dan Ambrosi, owner of the Valleyview landfill, filed notice to the B.C. Court of Appeal.
In August, B.C. Supreme Court justice Robert Powers ruled there was no merit to Ambrosi’s allegations that five City of Kamloops employees as well as one Ministry of Environment employee refused to give him documents to which he was entitled.
Claiming officials may have conspired to close down the landfill, Ambrosi invoked Section 337 of the Criminal Code, which makes it an offence for a government official to withhold materials after an authorized demand.
He also claimed the City was attempting to unfairly compete against him through operation of the municipal landfill.
In his ruling, Powers said Ambrosi’s “entire approach appears to be a misuse, if not an abuse, of the criminal process in order to advance his civil dispute with the City and the province."
Ambrosi is also appealing to B.C. Court of Appeal a conviction on environmental offences relating to his landfill. He was convicted in April 2001 and fined $54,000 for a fire that burned for 24 hours.