Air quality monitoring of a controversial pellet plant in Lavington is “imminent,” according to Trevor Seibel, chief administrative officer for the District of Coldstream.
Seibel admitted he's not quite sure of the exact start date, but Ministry of Environment officials have been looking at three sites in the Lavington area for the best location for monitoring equipment.
“They have identified three spots, one of which is owned by local government,” said Seibel. “They're finalizing a preferred location and talking to the owner.”
Ministry staff have not said what type of equipment will be used, or whether there will be constant or intermittent monitoring of emissions from the plant.
But Seibel said the ministry “is making progress to get everything up and running.”
“We're waiting for an agreement that's going to govern the process,” Seibel said.
Company owner Pinnacle Renewable Energy and its partner, Tolko Industries, have said repeatedly the $47-million plant is safe.
Pinnacle has said its Cyclofilter air emissions treatment is state-of-the-art and on a scale not previously seen in North America.
Three Lavington families have filed an appeal against Pinnacle's air discharge permit which is expected to be heard by the environmental appeal board in April, 2016.