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Review of Lafarge's tire-burning plans begins Tuesday

The group 'Citizens Against Burning of Tires' argues the decision to burn tires was made without proper public consultation. 
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HALIFAX - A judicial review begins Tuesday to examine the province's decision to allow Lafarge Canada to burn tires at its cement plant near Brookfield. 

The province's Environment Department approved a one-year pilot project last summer but a concerned citizen's group has filed a judicial review of Minister Iain Rankin's decision, with the group expected to present their side in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Tuesday. 

Lydia Sorflaten is a member of the group 'Citizens Against Burning of Tires' and argues the decision was made without proper public consultation. 

"We're concerned about CKD, that's cement kiln dust, and the emissions that go into the air, the water and the land," Sorflaten said. "We're concerned about our health." 

Sorflaten expects a decision could be made as soon as Tuesday but two days have been set aside for the review in Halifax on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Minister Rankin has said the decision for conditional approval was based on scientific evidence and public consultation. 

Lafarge plans to burn 400,000 tires for fuel at its plant but its not expected to be ready for operation until late summer at the earliest. 

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