The thorny issue of burning railroad ties at the Atlantic biomass facility in Williams Lake reared it’s controversial head once again at last night’s council meeting.
Council received a number of letters from residents calling for the city to rescind it’s support of the permit issued by the Ministry of the Environment that allows the company to burn up to 50 percent of the ties in it’s daily burn.
While council did not agree to rescind support, they did vote to send the letters to the ministry for review.
Councillor Scott Nelson says doing so falls in line with other groups…”we’ve taken the position along with the Cariboo Regional District, the Williams Lake Indian Band and the city council to obviously allow the ministry of environment to go through it’s process to bring back obviously the key recommendations. They came back with a number of key, solid resolutions I think that really helped address a number of the issues.”
Scott says some issues brought up last night were of concern so the council opted to send the letters to the ministry.
It also came to light last night that some one in Williams Lake has appealed the ministry’s ruling to allow the burning of the ties.