School board cautious of pellet plant

Plans to build a pellet plant near Lavington Elementary school aren't getting passing grade from the Vernon School Board

  • Sep. 15, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Plans to build a pellet plant near Lavington Elementary school aren’t getting a passing grade from the Vernon School Board.

The board has written a letter to the Environmental Protection Officer stating that it cannot endorse the construction of a pellet plant by Pinnacle Renewable Energy due to the uncertain nature of information received.

“We are unable to determine if the proposed pellet plan operation could present a potential danger to the students and teachers of Lavington School,” said chairperson Bill Turanski, in the letter.

The board recently received presentations from Pinnacle and a number of Lacington parents and citizens but found that there are major conflicts with the data provided.

“The board’s primary concern must, in every case, be the health and welfare of the students and if we err it will be on the side of caution.

“We urge the Ministry of Environment to review this proposal to its fullest extent possible to ensure safety and well being of our staff and students.”