JAG co-ordinator to leave group

Halifax Chronicle Herald, February 19, 1999 SYDNEY - One of the key people working to solve Sydney's toxic waste problems is calling it quits.

Mike Britten, program co-ordinator of the Joint Action Group, will not be reoffering when his term expires May 31.

"I've been there from the start," he said. The citizens advisory group was formed in 1996 by the three levels of government to address the mammoth cleanup of the Sydney Steel coke ovens site and the Sydney tar ponds. The sites hold waste generated over more than a century of steelmaking.

Mr. Britten was seconded from the Coast Guard College to serve as the chief administrator as the group painfully laid out the framework under which the advisory group would operate.

He didn't offer a reason for leaving the group.

"It takes a lot of time, long hours and some very hard hours, and we'll just leave it at that," he said.

He says he plans to resume his director's role at the Coast Guard College and pursue other interests outside environmental issues.
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