PITTSBURGH The owner
of a British Columbia metals recycler wont give up on
trying to stay in business, even after local officials rejected
his rezoning application, he said.
The Salt Spring Island Local
Trust Committee voted to not proceed with Salt Spring Metal
Recyclings rezoning application, which would have brought
the business into compliance.
"I have fought this for eight
years, treated the water and have been a good steward of the
land," owner John Quesnel told AMM.
Quesnels business remains
open, but he now faces a cease-and-desist hearing in September.
He is evaluating his options and, with the exception of two
neighbors, has the support of the local community, he said.
"I am not giving up and not
shutting the doors," Quesnel said.
The company is the only recycler
on the island, which has 10,000 residents. Quesnel gets up to
15 customers per day, he said, and sends 18 to 20 tons of
material at a time in containers to Portland, Ore.-based
Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. for processing.
Quesnel, a native of the area,
has invested $150,000 in the facility and doesnt want to
relocate off the island, Quesnel said.
"The most frustrating part is
the islands trust has a unique form of government that
has stymied and stopped commercial and industrial space. The
community has supported my efforts," he added.
The committee didnt
respond to a request for comment.