BROOKFIELD, Nova Scotia (Nov. 20, 2007) — The Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour is reconsidering the province's scrap tire management strategy in light of an advisory committee's report.
This decision puts in limbo, at least for the time being, a proposed contract between the Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB) of Nova Scotia and cement maker Lafarge Canada Inc. to use the more than 900,000 scrap tires processed every year in the province as alternative fuel at Lafarge's cement kilns in Brookfield, Nova Scotia, and Gatineau, Quebec.
“The report says that tire-derived fuel is not the best option for Nova Scotia's environment and presents a number of alternatives to consider,” Mark Parent, minister of environment and labor, said in a prepared statement.
The RRFB will meet with provincial officials within the next week or so to begin discussions on a new scrap tire strategy, and those discussions will continue over the next few months, said Bill Ring, CEO of RRFB.
Lafarge, meanwhile, will remain in touch with Environment and Labour and see how it develops its scrap tire strategy, according to James Kirkpatrick, plant manager at Brookfield. “We are still interested in using tire-derived fuel in Nova Scotia,” Mr. Kirkpatrick said.
The committee's 126-page report is available at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/enla/waste/docs/AdvisoryCommitteeReportOnUsed-TireManagement.pdf