Media Alert: Lafarge denied: Cement company's motion for leave to-appeal denied in alternative fuels case

    TORONTO, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - The Ontario Court of Appeal will not hear an
appeal from Lafarge Canada Inc about its alternative fuels application. That
may mean an end to the cement giant's lengthy legal campaign to halt an
independent review of its proposal to burn tires, bone meal, plastics, and
other waste materials in its cement kiln near Bath, Ontario.
    Lafarge had hoped to have a decision overturned from a lower court that
confirmed Ontario's Environmental Review Tribunal could proceed with its
hearing on the air and waste approvals given by the province.
    The Court's decision means Lafarge must face the Tribunal, appeal to the
Supreme Court of Canada, or abandon the project. Earlier statements to the
Tribunal by Lafarge's counsel indicate that the company would cancel the
project rather than subject its proposal to the scrutiny of an independent
    Lake Ontario Waterkeeper & Gord Downie were represented by Rick Lindgren
of the Canadian Environmental Law Association. Also involved in the case were
lawyers Joseph Castrilli, representing The Tragically Hip, and Hugh Wilkins
and Marlene Cashin of Ecojustice, representing Loyalist Environmental
    Lake Ontario Waterkeeper & Gord Downie will release more details about
this decision as soon as they are available.

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