Input needed on burning rail ties at power plant

The public has until Nov. 14. to voice their opinions regarding a move by Atlantic Power Corporation to burn rail ties in the lakecity.

  • Oct. 23, 2015 11:00 a.m.

The public has until Nov. 14. to voice their opinions regarding a move by Atlantic Power Corporation to burn rail ties in the lakecity.

Atlantic Power submitted its application for a permit amendment at its biomass-fuelled electricity generation plant in Williams Lake on Oct. 8, 2015.

In the amendment, the company is asking to raise its limit on burning old rail ties from the current five per cent to 50 per cent.

Atlantic Power is also asking to expand the provision to burn non-hazardous wood waste.

The Williams Lake Field Naturalists and the Williams Lake Air Quality Roundtable have shared information regarding the application on a website — http://breatheasywilliamslake.org/railway-ties/ — to assist people in informing themselves about the issue.

The website also includes the company’s application and explains how to submit comments about the application to the Director of Environmental Protection.