Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Earthquakes, floods make riverside recycling too risky
Submitted by Phill Bruce, Chilliwack City Hall Election Candidate
s an educator, I consider myself someone who rationalizes an idea or concept with evidence-based information. I study the laws of probability within my job.
When it comes to possibility of any disaster, what are the percentages of a specific disaster occurring and which one is most likely to happen in our lifetime?
show a flood to be the number one environmental concern that the
Fraser valley is likely to encounter, with numbers as low as 1-50
chance. Remember, our dike systems originated in the 1800s.
The question we need to ask is, can these containment walls hold back the Fraser river, not only in mild cases of flooding but in worst case scenario extremes as we have seen in past?
Most of will
agree that moving this company to higher ground is the best
scenario. Given the high cost of relocation this doesn't appear
First and foremost the fishing industry, including commercial, sport and native fisheries would be decimated. Ground water would be contaminated beyond repair which would have far-reaching affects, not only for household use, but also for the farming community.
Forgive me if Iíve missed anyone. The price of this disaster is not quantifiable. There are people that disagree with me and would state that Iím exaggerating for effect. To those naysayers I say that the flood scenario is a legitimate concern based on real evidence that are own Province has provided.
business model that Aevitas is using has huge potential for growth
in this province, increasing the possibility to stockpile large
amounts of waste such as PCBs, mercury, as well as medical waste.
The ability to move this waste within a limited amounted of time
during a flood alert is flawed given the nature of a worst-case
It might take a
lifetime for this disaster to happen, but it would take more than a
lifetime for effects of the disaster to be repaired.
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