Tire burning pilot project discussed at Stewiacke meeting

A few dozen people met in Stewiacke Wednesday night to discuss the Department of Environment's decision to allow Lafarge Canada to move ahead with a pilot project to burn tires in one of its kilns in Brookfield.

Mark Butler, with the Ecology Action Centre (EAC), tells our newsroom the two hour discussion covered a wide range of topics, including the fight the Citizens Against Burning of Tires (CABOT) have had over the years against this initiative.

Butler says the issue of tire burning "seems to have touched a nerve in the province".

He says the EAC is getting around ten calls or emails per day on the topic, some of which are letters to an MLA or a government department that they're being copied on.

Butler says another meeting is likely, with invites to the government and Lafarge to attend and answer questions, but no time frame was given for when that might be.

He also says an online petition against the tire burning pilot project is posted on the EAC website, though he acknowledges that online petitions can't be submitted to the legislature.