Advocating for clean air in Kitimat


The ELC is helping two citizens argue for cleaner air in Kitimat.

The fight is against a government permit granted to Rio Tinto Alcan to increase sulphur dioxide (S02) emissions at their Kitimat shelter by 55% above current permit levels.

There is good reason to be concerned: S02 not only causes acid rain, it impairs peoples’ ability to breathe.

In a four-week trial before the Environmental Appeal Board, the ELC’s litigation team is led by former Executive Director Chris Tollefson and ELC Associate Richard Overstall who are each representing one of the clients opposed to the permit. Former ELC students, lawyers Tasha Gooch (far left) and Anthony Ho (second from right) are providing valuable assistance.

For more information about the trial, check the Northwest Institute’s website for summaries.

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