Kamloops City council took no action today (May 15, 2018) on a request to support changes to an application from Lafarge for new air emissions.
Doug Mears and Gina Morris appeared at the council meeting asking council to back an extension on public input on the application to Oct. 31, and that Lafarge be required to get a new permit instead of amending its current one.
They spoke on behalf of the Citizens for Compliance committee formed by residents living near Lafarge, as well as the Kamloops Area Preservation Association and the Kamloops Moms for Clean Air.
But Mayor Ken Christian pointed out the public-input deadline has already been extended to May 31 at council’s request, and suggested residents take their proposal directly to the Ministry of Environment.
He said the difference between a new permit and an amendment to the existing permit is “a technical decision” in which the City has no say.
Lafarge wants to produce gypsum and pumice flour at the plant.
Residents are concerned about fugitive dust and other possible pollution and contend the current deadline won’t allow enough time to collect and analyze data.
They say a new permit would require a more rigorous process than an amendment.