Burning goes on trial

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — The City of Iqaluit will be back in court Sept. 11 for an injunction hearing on the burning of unsorted waste at the landfill.

Iqaluit resident Paul Crowley, a member of Citizens for a Clean Iqaluit, started legal proceedings against the city Aug. 13.

Crowley asserts that the city is using doubts about the validity of its water licence as an excuse to burn unsorted garbage at the dump.

Crowley wants the court to force the city to stop burning unsorted garbage until the validity of the licence is determined.

The three-year licence, issued Jan. 1, 2001, says the city was supposed to have stopped open burning by June 1, 2001.

But Iqaluit Mayor John Matthews said the city doesn’t have the money to pay for a high-temperature incinerator to burn plastics and metals cleanly.

On May 31 the city asked the water board to extend the garbage-burning deadline. The board has yet to make a decision on the application.

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