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Province go-ahead for plan with incinerator surprises many

July 26th, 2011 · 13 Comments

Premier Christy Clark’s government has so far avoided taking stands on controversial issues unless pushed, so I was surprised to see Environment Minister Terry Lake come out yesterday with an approval for Metro Vancouver’s garbage plan.

That plan includes a commitment to explore incineration as a big component of the plan, which has provoked a lot of debate among politicians and even various parts of the environmental community.

Not surprisingly, the announcement produced anguished responses from opponents and qualified satisfaction from those supporting the idea of incineration, as I note in my Globe story.

This is just the beginning of the debates, though. Metro directors will be battling this out in September to define exactly what it is that they’ll be asking companies to bid on, as they craft the request for proposals that will go out.

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