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Lafarge Canada faces legal challenge to cofiring plans

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Lafarge Canada’s plans for a one-year pilot project to burn whole waste tyres at its pant in Brookfield, Nova Scotia, is being challenged in court by local residents. The province’s Environment Minister, Iain Rankin, had approved the plan last year.

At a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judicial review, residents argued that the basis for that ministerial approval was based on faulty science.

“The decision does not fall with a reasonable range of acceptable limits,” William Mahody, lawyer for the residents told the court. “The environmental assessment is based on research into something other than this whole-tyre burning process.”

In response, lawyers for the Environment Department and Lafarge argued that it was not a requirement to have a complete set of science and that the pilot project would be subject to ongoing monitoring, with any new information about any adverse affects submitted to the minister.

“We remain very hopeful that our one-year pilot demonstration will be able to proceed as planned,” a spokesperson for Lafarge Canada told World Cement. “We believe that’s the best way to answer any remaining questions by all of our stakeholders.”

“This demonstration will allow us to confirm – at full scale – the excellent environmental results obtained at the Dalhouse University labs. Based on that research and global results available to us, we can expect a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for every tonne of coal replaced and a 10 – 15% reduction in NOX emissions.”

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