Thursday, December 4, 2014

Environment News

River at Risk

Aevitas toxin recycling plant to be BC hazmat hub

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Mark Angelo speaks about the perils of an Aevitas toxin recycling plant on the banks of the Fraser River at Evergreen Hall last January.


on't let the City of Chilliwack's comments after the recent court ruling fool you! The hazardous waste facility by Aevitas Inc. is not just about allowing the City to "recycle light bulbs" as they suggest. This is not a City project! In reality this is a private proposal by Aevitas to recycle the hazardous waste of the entire province of BC.


In fact, if the facility gets built it will reuse transformer oils containing PCBs, mercury lamps and transformers. It will also be a transfer station for gasses and cylinders, flammable solids and liquids, oxidizing substances and organic peroxides, corrosives and other miscellaneous organisms.

The Coalition, made up of local Chilliwack residents, First Nations, the outdoor recreation community and the environmental community, together represent over 120,000 people across the province and the country. Placing a hazardous waste facility adjacent to the Fraser River is tempting fate and is irresponsible.

Mark Angelo, founder of BC Rivers Day and World Rivers Day is disappointed in the ruling. "This is one of the most productive stretches of river anywhere on earth," he stated at a recent Global TV interview. "Because the City made no reference to the fact that hazardous materials would be handled and processed, many who live in the community didn't get involved in the process because they thought the company was just building a recycling facility."

"Despite the recent court ruling supporting Chilliwack's rezoning actions, the recreational fishing community remains adamantly opposed to the proposal to establish a hazardous waste disposal facility on the banks of the Fraser River," said President of the BC Drift Fishers Association, Rod Clapton. "At risk is not only the health of the world's #1 salmon river, but also the tremendous economic value of the sport fishery, which is estimated to be in excess of $100 million annually to local community."

"We are not opposed to these facilities, but in this instance, we are opposed to the location," said Ernie Crey, member of the Sto:lo Tribal Council, and the only citizen to register a statement at the public hearings in December 2013.

The Coalition will continue to work to stop the facility from being built on the banks of the Fraser River while encouraging the company and the City to find an alternative location.


Related Link

Reduce, Reuse, Reject - January 21, 2014




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