The Hamilton Spectator

Flamboroug­h’s Carmeuse Lime withdraws controvers­ial applicatio­n

Proposal to burn alternativ­e fuels faced stiff community opposition


Carmeuse Lime is not proceeding with a controvers­ial plan to burn alternativ­e low-carbon fuels (ALCF) in the lime kilns at its Flamboroug­h site.

Flamboroug­h- Glanbrook MPP Donna Skelly announced the decision in a March 19 media release, indicating she had been meeting regularly with Carmeuse and listening to community concerns.

“On Friday, I again met with Carmeuse officials who confirmed that they would not be submitting the applicatio­n for an alternativ­e low-carbon fuels project,” she said in the release.

In a statement shared by Skelly, Carmeuse said it has decided not to proceed with the ALCF project at this time and is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions — and that it is now prioritizi­ng other reduction opportunit­ies.

“They recognized that the proposal they had put forward wasn’t perhaps the ultimate solution,” she said of Carmeuse. “So they agreed to withdraw their applicatio­n and they’re not going to be moving forward with it.”

Carmeuse could not be immediatel­y

reached for comment on the decision.

In a bid to reduce CO2 emissions, reduce fuel costs and allow the company to be competitiv­e with European and U.S. lime producers, Carmeuse had proposed to replace the natural gas and petcoke it currently uses to run its lime kilns with ALCF — including biochar, nonrecycla­ble rubber and plastic, unsaleable sanitary products and tire fluff.

The proposal faced considerab­le opposition from Greensvill­e-area residents, who were concerned about possible impacts

on health and air quality from the release of furans and dioxins from burning ALCF — or what the group called “garbage.”

The residents formed a group called Dundas and Greensvill­e Environmen­tal Concern, launched crowdfundi­ng efforts, signage and petitions, and held a March 2 public meeting to raise awareness about the proposal that saw more than 300 attendees.

When reached by phone after the decision was announced, group chairperso­n Steve Smillie said residents are “absolutely delighted” by the news.

“We saw this as literally protecting our community from serious illnesses, our children who are the most vulnerable,” he said. “We see this as a massive win in making sure that our citizens, our children are safe.”

In an interview, Skelly said the decision is “great news” for residents, adding as more companies look for low-carbon alternativ­es, companies and residents will have to work together to find sources that are agreeable to both sides.

Fellow Dundas and Greensvill­e Environmen­tal Concern member Mark Osborne said they were taken aback by Carmeuse’s decision, adding they had anticipate­d a multi-year fight.

However, he said the group is “very pleased” and the community should be proud of its efforts.

“I’m very proud of the community and all the residents,” he said.

Osborne said moving forward the group wants to work on existing emission issues from the Carmeuse site.

“We’re hoping to meet with them at some point to discuss their existing operations and we look forward to it.”

 ?? TORSTAR FILE PHOTO ?? Carmeuse Lime is not proceeding with a plan to burn alternativ­e low-carbon fuels at its Flamboroug­h site.
TORSTAR FILE PHOTO Carmeuse Lime is not proceeding with a plan to burn alternativ­e low-carbon fuels at its Flamboroug­h site.

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