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New operations planned for Lafarge cement plant doesn't mean reopening of kiln

Have questions? There's a public meeting on April 5
Lafarge Canada has no plans to restart the kiln at its Kamloops plant. (via Pexels)

The kiln at Lafarge's Kamloops cement plant isn't firing up anytime soon, despite new activity planned for the site.

Stephanie Voysey, Lafarge's B.C. public affairs manager, wrote city council to make them aware the company has applied to change the plant's permit.

The changes are in regards to amendments, to allow emissions from a gypsum granulator system and a pozzolan dryer. In an email to KamloopsMatters, Voysey says the operations and amendments do not mean the plant will resume making cement.

"Lafarge has no plans to restart cement kiln operations and continues to look for opportunities for our Kamloops site," she writes.

The company currently has shipping and grinding operations at the plant. The granulator and pozzolan drier are not part of the current operations (pozzolan is a broad type of rock, including pumice).

"Of course, both the granulator and dryer are not operating right now because they are not permitted," Voysey says.

The company is holding a meeting on April 5 for neighbours. Residents will have an opportunity to get more information about what the operations will be.


Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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