Percy Barrett, Opposition Environment and Conservation Critic and MHA for
the District of Bellevue, is asking for an update of government’s plan to
deal with the dangers posed by the stockpiling of approximately two million
used tires around the province.
"Government has been dragging its feet in
dealing with the serious issues associated with stockpiling tires in the
province," said Barrett. "They have set deadlines and then ignored them. In
a newspaper article earlier this year (Telegram, August 16,2005), an
official from the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) said a decision
regarding the huge stockpiles of tires would be made by the end of August.
It is time for the Minister to come forward now and explain exactly what is
The government received eight proposals and had selected two for more
investigation and evaluation earlier this summer. It is believed that one of
the proposals receiving consideration is to burn the tires at Corner Brook
Pulp and Paper as a source of fuel for the boiler at the mill. "If this is
the direction government is planning to take, the Minister should be up
front about what procedures will be followed before such burning is
permitted. It is my position that there should be a complete environmental
review process undertaken before any tires are burned. At minimum, the
people who live in the area should be given an opportunity to gather
information and ask questions about the implications before any decision is
made to go ahead. Safeguards must be put in place to protect the environment
and assess the impacts of this proposal rather than simply providing a
rubber stamp for the company to deal with the tire problem."
Barrett recently received a presentation from a representative of Corner
Brook Pulp and Paper regarding the proposal to burn tires for fuel. During
the presentation, the Liberal MHA expressed his reservations on the proposal
and the belief that there should be a full environmental review process
before such a project were undertaken.
"Earlier this summer I raised concerns about possible dangers involved in
stockpiling huge numbers of tires around the province. The Minister has not
dealt with issues associated with possible tires fires and disease carrying
mosquitoes that can exist at such storage sites."
There are close to two million used tires stockpiled in this province,
with an additional 500,000 tires disposed each year. "This Minister seemed
to have all the answers when he was in opposition, but now entering the
third year of their mandate this government has still failed to deal with