Percy Barrett, Opposition Environment and Conservation Critic and MHA for
the District of Bellevue, says Minister Tom Osborne should publicly release
any research and studies that have been used to evaluate the option of
burning used tires in this province. He says that the stalled tire recycling
plan has been in the hands of government for over a year and it is time that
information be provided to the public.
"The Minister has been directly
involved in this process for several months and it is time that information
was publicly released," said Barrett. "Government and the Multi-Materials
Stewardship Board (MMSB) took over control for the tire recycling program
from Newfoundland Envirotire Shreds (NETS) over a year ago and have had
ample time to evaluate available options to restart the recycling program.
"I understand that the Minister has held numerous meetings in Canada and
the United States concerning the possible burning of tires to generate
energy at the paper mill in Corner Brook. He has also stated that he
believes this could be a viable use for the disposal of these tires.
However, many people, including residents of Corner Brook, have raised
serious concerns about the environmental impact of this option. Before any
final decisions are made to move forward with this scenario, the Minister
must release any and all information available so a full public debate can
"It is not acceptable for the Minister to simply hold a news conference
and announce that millions of tires will be burned in this province and
state that the problem of stockpiled tires has been addressed. There are
serious environmental considerations that must be taken into account before
such a decision can be made. The Minister should release a list of possible
options for consideration and hold public consultations in Corner Brook
before moving forward with implementation of such a plan."