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Tories call on Ottawa to intervene in B.C. court case over U.S. plant
Date: Thursday, October 27 2005

Tories call on Ottawa to intervene in B.C. court case over U.S. plant


OTTAWA (CP) - The federal government should help block a proposed new power plant on the Washington-B.C. border that will dump tonnes of pollutants daily into Canada, Conservative MPs said Wednesday.

Sumas Energy 2, the Kirkland, Wash., company planning to build the power plant, is appealing a Canadian National Energy Board decision to reject its plan to build a power line into British Columbia's Fraser Valley.

Alberta Tory Bob Mills said Ottawa has been absent from hearings into the giant gas-fired plant. Mills and his colleagues say the plant will create air pollution equivalent to 336,000 vehicles running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"The Canadian government has been nowhere to be seen on this whole issue," Mills outside the weekly federal Conservative caucus meeting.

"International law is not working because the Canadian government is not involved. We're urging the Canadian government to get involved."

The energy board rejected the proposed plant last spring in what was hailed as a clean air victory by B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, former federal environment minister David Anderson, local politicians and environmental groups.

Sumas Energy 2 says the plant would meet "the most stringent Canadian air quality standards."

The company will begin its bid to overturn the ruling in the Federal Court of Canada on Nov 7. Without a reversal, the $400-million US project is effectively dead. The hearing is expected to last three days.

The B.C. government, the City of Abbotsford, B.C., the David Suzuki Foundation and several local groups are listed as intervenors in the case, said an NEB spokesman. The federal government is not.

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