August 13, 2007

Nova Scotia advisory committee to examine options for processing used tires

HALIFAX, NS-Well-known ecology professor Louis LaPierre has been appointed by Nova Scotia Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent to head an advisory committee to review options for processing used tires. The group has been assigned the task of finding and reviewing a variety of management methods in the context of the economic, social, health and industrial implications of each one. LaPierre, professor emeritus at the UniversitÈ de Moncton, is a former director of the university's Master in Environmental Studies program. He held the KC Irving Chair in Sustainable Development for eight years and has served on numerous committees, panels and councils for environmental and sustainability issues, nationally and internationally. The other three members of the advisory committee include: Mark Gibson, a scientist involved in air pollution research and environmental health at Dalhousie University's Atlantic Rural Centre; Wilbert Langley, president of WS Langley Concrete and Materials Technology and a civil engineer whose research on the use of flyash and silica fume contributed to building of Halifax's World Trade and Convention Centre and the Maritime Centre; and Judith McMullen who, as executive director of Clean Nova Scotia, has developed and implemented hundreds of environmental projects with the Atlantic Coastal Action Program-Cape Breton. The committee members expect to have a better idea of when their report will be ready once they have completed their preliminary research and planning.

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