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.