Controversial pellet plant opens in Lavington

LAVINGTON — Despite opposition from some residents, a pellet plant in Lavington is now up and running.

“We are very pleased that the construction has been completed in a safe and efficient manner,” says Lavington Pellet president Leroy Reitsma.

He says the plant is a $47 million investment in partnership with Tolko Industries and Pinnacle Renewable Energy.

“Our new employees have worked hard to ready themselves for the task of safely operating this beautiful new state-of-the-art facility,” he says.

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Some Lavington residents have spoken out against the location of the plant and the emissions it will be producing.

They say the plant is located near an elementary school.

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Both Pinnacle Renewable Energy and the Ministry of Environment have argued the project will actually improve local air quality because of upgrades to the nearby Tolko mill that are tied in to the project.

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