Garbage incineration plan goes up in smoke

North Okanagan politicians divided over waste-to-energy concept

A proposal to turn waste into energy has been trashed.

In a 7-5 vote Wednesday, Regional District of North Okanagan directors decided to not support incineration of garbage.

“Landfills are a huge investment we’ve made,” said director Juliette Cunningham.

“I’m not comfortable going off in a different tract.”

Vancouver-based CanKor Pacific first proposed plans for an energy-producing incinerator on Splatsin First Nation land, near Spallumcheen’s Hullcar area, in December 2010.

Earlier this year, CanKor offered to do a $100,000 to $200,000 feasibility study on incineration at no cost to the regional district. RDNO was only asked to provide staff to be involved in the process.

CanKor also requested that it be included in any request for proposals if the regional district decides to pursue an incineration project.

Some board members rallied behind CanKor.

“When we shut down an opportunity for people to do a study, we shut down an opportunity for options (to deal with waste),” said director Shirley Fowler.

Look for more details in Friday’s Morning Star.