Monday, January 13, 2014
Can Regulations Protect Us?
Making room alongside the mighty Fraser for a PCB recycling plant
Submitted by Jennifer Woodroff, ACT Chilliwack
ast Thursday, December 9th, a chemical leak affecting 100,000 homes and businesses in nine counties in the state of West Virginia, contaminated and rendered unfit the public water supply there.
Approximately 300,000 people were left without water and told that drinking, bathing or cooking with the contaminated water would result in “burning throat, eye irritation, vomiting, trouble breathing and skin blistering”.
The leak originated at Freedom Industries in a 48,000 gallon storage tank,
containing 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM), which is located above
Charleston, West Virginia's water treatment facility. The substance is used
for washing and preparing coal and it is unknown how much of it has entered
the Elk River there. US federal prosecutors are investigating.
We may then face the presence of a facility, right here in Chilliwack and
right on the banks of the iconic Fraser River, which handles large amounts
of toxic chemicals and substances. While the proponent of this facility has
an impeccable safety record, there is no question that accidents occur and
that no safety record remains spotless forever. To believe otherwise is
Listen to speakers, voice your opinion and meet others concerned with this proposed facility Tuesday.
When: Tuesday, January 14, 5:30 pm (Media Conference), 6 pm (Inaugural Meeting of ACT)
Where: Decades Coffee House on Wellington Avenue
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