Judge clears way for Lafarge to burn tires in Brookfield plant
Citizens group requested judicial review of environment minister's decision
A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has rejected a bid to block the burning of tires at the Lafarge cement plant in Brookfield, N.S.
Last summer, provincial Environment Minister Iain Rankin gave the green light to a one-year test project allowing Lafarge to substitute tires for its regular fuel at the facility.
In a decision released Tuesday, Justice James Chipman said there was no reason to overturn the minister's decision.
"The analysis does not require the court to become bogged down in an 'academy of science' review," Chipman wrote.
"In taking a wide-angled perspective, it is apparent that there is no support for the applicants' primary ground on this judicial review. When I evaluate the minister's decision as an organic whole, I find it easily passes muster and must be regarded as an outcome within the range of reason."