Residents fuming over pellet plant

Lavington residents are upset over not only what they can see coming from the Pinnacle Pellet Plant stacks in addition to steam, but the particulate matter which they can’t see.— image credit: Submitted photo 12 by Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star posted Oct 28, 2015 at 1:00 AM Several Lavington residents say their worst fears are coming true.

Despite all their protests and warnings, the Pinnacle Pellet Plant is up and running next to Tolko and near neighbouring subdivisions, as well as Lavington Elementary School.

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Burns Lake mill fined $56,000 over pellet plant explosion that injured three

BURNS LAKE — British Columbia's workers' compensation authority has fined a Burns Lake company $56,000 in the wake of a 2014 explosion at a wood pellet plant that injured three workers.

WorkSafeBC imposed the penalty against Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. after an investigation report concluded the company failed to maintain safe working conditions and to exercise due diligence.

Pinnacle fell short on providing adequate safety information, training and supervision, the report found.

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It'll be Smithers' turn soon...

reducing air pollution??

Dr. Michael Brauer of UBC is lead author of a new study of the global burden of disease, focusing significantly on the adverse health effects of air pollution, reported here in the New York Times.

Founding head of the UBC School of Public Health, Dr. Brauer has this to say about air pollution, "Air pollution is the fourth-highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease." He went on to note the sunny side - "Reducing air pollution is an incredibly efficient way to improve the health of a population."

More information about the study is here.

Dr. Brauer is well known in Smithers from his studies related to wood stoves, linked here.