I read with interest the letter from Wes Larson published in the Yukon News on August 5.
By their very nature, environmental and socio-economic assessments and the resulting terms and conditions may sometimes be controversial. YESAB accepts that reality as part of our job so we seldom publicly comment on criticisms directed towards us. However, we do have to deal with factual information in coming to our decisions.
These are the facts about Capstone and YESAB:
1) YESAB did not assess this project. It occurred before YESAA came into effect.
2) The discharge referenced by Larson was the emergency discharge that the regulators approved. YESAB played no role in the decision to approve the discharge.
In the future, if Larson has any questions about any project in the territory, we would ask him to contact our office.
We would be most pleased to provide him with accurate and current factual information.
Ken McKinnon, Chair
Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board