Tie-burning opponents celebrate permit expiry

Kamloops Daily News
January 9, 2013 01:00 AM

Opponents of a dormant proposal to incinerate railway ties in Kamloops are celebrating after a Ministry of Environment permit expired on Monday night.

Two years ago, Aboriginal Cogeneration Corporation was pressing ahead with its plan to locate a gasifier on Mission Flats. When the proposal met with strong opposition, both from environmentalists and the community at large, ACC president Kim Sigurdson opted to look elsewhere for a site.

Monday's permit expiry was more than a symbolic victory for Ruth Madsen, who spearheaded a legal appeal of the permit.

"Personally, I was really thrilled because it means I don't have to do a very time consuming and very expensive appeal," Madsen said. "I figure we saved the province about $400,000."

That's her estimation of the province's legal bill had the appeal proceeded. She figures her costs, including environmental lawyers, would have been $50,000 to $70,000.

"We won the right to appeal from the attorney general," she said. "We would have won, no question."

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