Retired forester and Tribune Advisor columnist Jim Hilton said he was disappointed, but not surprised, with the Ministry of Environment’s decision to allow Atlantic Power to burn up to 50 per cent rail ties at its biomass-fuelled generating plant in Williams Lake.
As the company already had a permit to burn up to five percent rail ties but wasn’t doing so, the changes to the permit were actually minor to the original, Hilton said.
Hilton helped organize several public meetings around the rail tie issue and said the last meeting had what he considered a very poor turnout.
“My conclusion was that the local governments and majority of the population either supported or were indifferent to the burning of rail ties in this town,” Hilton said. “The relatively small but vocal group of concerned citizens could not motivate the masses into rejecting this proposal.”