Carbon tax costs add up for Slave Lake sawmill, owner says

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Carbon tax costs add up for Slave Lake sawmill, owner says

The owner of a Slave Lake sawmill says he paid nearly $500,000 in carbon taxes in 2018, one day after government staff questioned whether the number was legitimate.

Ken Vanderwell, owner of Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd., said his Slave Lake sawmill absorbed the expenses in 2018 which totalled $488,207.10, through diesel, gasoline and natural gas bills. The company makes more than $60 million in sales per year and is one of the largest independent sawmills in the province, he said.

On Wednesday, cabinet communications staff took to social media to dispute the number after Lesser Slave Lake United Conservative Party candidate Pat Rehn told a community newspaper about the bill. It’s the equivalent of the natural gas use by thousands of homes.

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