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Judge dismisses residents’ court challenge of N.S. tire-burning project

The LaFarge plant in Brookfiel, N.S., is now allowed to burn 20 tonnes of tires.
The LaFarge plant in Brookfiel, N.S., is now allowed to burn 20 tonnes of tires. Natasha Pace/Global News

A Nova Scotia judge has dismissed a bid by residents of a small community for a judicial review of the province’s decision to allow a cement plant to burn tires as fuel.

In a written decision, Justice James Chipman of the provincial Supreme Court says the environment minister’s approval of a tire burning project at the Lafarge cement plant in Brookfield, N.S., was reasonable.

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He says the approval process involved the consideration and evaluation of risks, and that the minister was satisfied that any adverse effects or significant environmental affects could be adequately mitigated.

The court challenge, launched by five residents that live near the Colchester County cement plant, claimed that the Nova Scotia government’s approval of the project violated its Environment Act.

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The application for judicial review stated that Environment Minister Iain Rankin didn’t properly assess the impact of emissions from the Lafarge plant on surrounding areas, including the risk of “strong potential for adverse effects” on surface water, human health and wildlife from the project.

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Lafarge plans to burn about 20 tonnes of tires a day – up to 5,200 tonnes a year – in place of fossil fuels such as coal and petcoke used to manufacture Portland cement, a basic ingredient of concrete.