Neighbours of Lafarge Kamloops have formed a lobby group to push for higher standards in an air-emissions permit amendment sought by the company.
Members of the newly formed Citizens for Compliance (CFC) said today (Monday, May 7, 2018) in a media release they’re concerned about health effects from fine dust Lafarge hopes to grind from gypsum and pumice.
According to the media release, dust escape from the plant is conservatively estimated at 17 tonnes per year, with at least five to 10 per cent of that ‘fine particulate.’
They also have concerns about the gases Lafarge will use to “cook” the pumice, monitoring of emissions, enforcement of standards, and other issues.
Lafarge held a public-information session on the project April 5, and has since said it will establish a community liaison committee of its own.
“We want the Ministry of Environment to hold them to the highest possible standard, to protect our health, our possessions, and for some of us, our livelihoods as well,” said nearby resident and CFC member George Doonan.
“We’re trying to get our voices into the equation,” said Doonan.
“Part of the problem is that on either side of Lafarge we are TNRD, but Lafarge is in the city tax base. The city feels no responsibility for us, and the TNRD doesn’t want to be involved either. We’re stuck in the middle with nobody to speak for us.”
May 31 is the tentative cut-off date for public submissions to government on the proposal.