Limit Rail Tie Burning

$6,050 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 24 months
We are a group of citizens living in Williams Lake, BC concerned about a permit recently issued by the Minsitry of Environment allowing the local power plant to burn up to 50% railway ties with their current wood waste.  This power plant sits in the Williams Lake air shed, meaning all furons and other biproducts of burning creosote soaked rail ties will be released into our community. 

We have successfully launched an appeal and have begun soliciting expert opinions to gather the evidence needed to support our case.  Through this process, we are becoming aware of just how expensive it is to be successful through the provincial government's appeal process. 

Money donated at this point of the process will be used to produce materials to raise awareness in the community of the threats burning rail ties and disposing of the ash in the facility being proposed has.  We need to hire toxicologists, structural engineers, soil scientisits and air qualitiy specialists.  We expect this to cost a minimum of $15000 on top of the $5000 already spent. 

We need to let Atlantic Power know that the proposal they have in place doesn't protect the citizens of Williams Lake or British Columbia's physical or economic health.  We also need to let the provincial government know their approval system is not rigourous enough.  

We appreciate your support as do future generations who could call the Williams Lake and surrounding wilderness areas home.
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Hello supporters,
Thanks for your recent donations, these will help us pay for the costs associated with researching risks posed by the burning of rail ties in the cogeneration plant. This information will support our case against the permits issued by the province to the power plant. Money is transferred from gofundme into our group, RailTiesBeWise bank account to be used over the following 6 months. Hopefully by then we will have been successful at shifting the wording of the permits or have them completely revoked.
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We keep getting closer to our target. Thanks for your support. We're heading towards more legal fees needed to counteract the province's application to strike our applications.
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Thanks to the incredible support received so far, we were able to show the West Coast Environmental Law that we are organized, serious and believe in our case. They have agreed to support us.

We are also well on our way to achieving our financial goal. Please share this widely as it is more than just people in Williams Lake that will be affected by the burning of rail ties in our cogeneration plant.

People living downstream of Williams Lake on to the Fraser River and those connected to it through salmon habitat will be affected by the ash pit of this power plant. Ties being considered for burning have been used throughout the continent to transport people and goods. It doesn't seem responsible to require our small community to deal with the disposal of these when a safe way to do so hasn't been found.

Until adequate research is done on the exhaust produced from burning rail ties in our plant (not just 3 days in the summer), provincial regulations require that furans and benzene levels also be measured and a better system than an open air ash pit is created, it isn't reasonable to burn rail ties anywhere.
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Jeannine LeBlanc
24 months ago

Where is it safe to burn does rail ties,does anyone have a good place. If not burned they will decay in the ground, release the toxins in the soil.whitch is worse.

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Jenny Noble
24 months ago

We only have until October 6 to submit our appeal, so please don't delay!

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$6,050 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 24 months
Created September 21, 2016
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DM
$100
Don McKernan
20 months ago

Come on people we need your support. Stop this attack on our air quality. No one in our town should be subjugated to this.

KH
$50
kim herdman
20 months ago

a little for the cause, wish it were more...but will continue to support when I can!

$50
Sandi Giovanelli
20 months ago

I value the right to breath clean air. And it is our right!

$200
Anonymous
20 months ago
KL
$150
Kate Lines
20 months ago

Here is to clean air and a healthy happy community.

$100
Maureen Shiels LeBourdais
21 months ago

Who owns our air?

Jeannine LeBlanc
24 months ago

Where is it safe to burn does rail ties,does anyone have a good place. If not burned they will decay in the ground, release the toxins in the soil.whitch is worse.

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Jenny Noble
24 months ago

We only have until October 6 to submit our appeal, so please don't delay!

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