A Williams Lake resident is nearing 500 supporters in an online petition to challenge local and provincial government officials to say no in the burning of rail ties.
Atlantic Power’s proposed permit to burn 15-25% per cent of its bio-fuel mass in rail ties, is currently being reviewed by the Province’s Ministry of Environment.
Kim Herdman says she moved to Williams Lake after having lived in Prince George and suffered from the consequences of poor air.
“That’s why we moved here and to have this start up is just not, I don’t think it’ going to be conducive to good health or the economy of this town. It’s going to be a black stain on this town.”
Herdman, who has called the Lakecity her home since July 2008, says she has also launched a Facebook page with all kinds of unbiased info and links for people to educate themselves.
She says she believes that skilled workers, young people, retirees, and family doctors will turned off by Atlantic Power’s request to burn more rail ties.
Although Atlantic Power has permission to burn 5% percent rail ties in their bio-fuel mass, they have chosen not to burn any since 2010.