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EDITORIAL: FVRD concerns ring hollow
As Metro Vancouver struggles with how to take care of it’s ever-growing garbage problem, one of the solutions being proposed is the construction of a waste-to-energy facility that will incinerate waste and convert it to cheap energy.
One of the proposed sites being considered will be at the Lehigh Cement Plant in Tilbury.
Mayor Lois Jackson calls the project the perfect fit, and she’s right.
Lehigh’s existing production facility can use refuse-derived fuel and doing so would create no additional air emissions and no post-combustion residue, or ash.
Because Lehigh already uses a significant amount of fuel to manufacture cement, the solution would be mutually beneficial to acquire Metro Vancouver waste to displace the fuel the company is currently using.
However, not everyone is convinced, namely, the Fraser Valley Regional District.
According to them, the plant would increase air pollution in the Fraser Valley, and should be scuttled.
However, the FVRD’s concerns ring hollow.
While the FVRD likes to blame their air quality problem solely on Metro Vancouver, the truth is, it is largely responsible for the problem itself.
The Fraser Valley has seen the bulk of Lower Mainland’s population and industrial growth over the past decade. It is the busiest transportation corridor in the province. Making matters worse, open burning and wood fireplaces are still commonplace throughout much of the Fraser Valley.
If the FVRD was serious about protecting air quality in the Fraser Valley, it would be more concerned with cleaning up its own backyard, instead of tell Metro Vancouver what to do.
-South Delta Leader