Two recent articles within the Burnaby NOW newspaper should be brought to the attention of your readers.
The first, on Jan. 7 detailed movements by the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) to impede any renewal of the Burnaby incinerator's permit process by the Ministry of the Environment (MoE). The article can be read here:
The second, on Jan. 10, was a “testy” rebuttal by Mayor Corrigan of Burnaby: it can be read here: http://www.burnabynow.com/news/mayor-calls-fvrd-hypocritical-over-burnaby-incinerator-attack-1.785343
What are some of the facts? The FVRD is downwind of Burnaby and, due to surrounding mountains, is encapsulated within an air 'trap'. The FVRD is concerned about both its residents' health and the healthiness of the considerable agricultural produce generated within its area(s).
Burnaby, meanwhile, currently burns about 285K tonnes of garbage per year, including all the garbage barged to it from many coastal First Nations communities up and down our coastal waters.
In the meantime, there are as many as six proposed sites within the Lower Mainland for at least one larger incinerator, the target for burning being 1,000 tonnes per day. What is alarming is that three of these proposed sites surround the Sunshine Coast; one at Duke Point near Nanaimo, which places the incinerator about 25 miles upwind of us, given the prevailing south-easterly winds; two other sites are being suggested, at Woodfibre and at Port Mellon. Either one of these latter two would be a few miles upwind of us during our occasionally experiencing the northerly 'outflow' wind patterns.
The FVRD is taking concerted action with the MoE about their future. When will our local governments begin to express themselves regarding the future of our communities vis-a-vis the possibility of pollution/contamination?
Brian K. Sadler