The WEIR Rubber Plant is located near Brookswood-Fernridge – Reference Langley Times article: Proposed emissions from South Surrey rubber plant concern. An email was sent to interested area residents in regards to WEIR permit issued, with an opportunity to appeal the decision. The BFCA applied to appeal, a subject matter expert will present our appeal on behalf of the community.
Wayne Crossen, President – BFCA: Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association has joined with other concerned groups and individuals from the Brookswood-Fernridge, South Surrey area in appealing to the Environmental Appeal Board, the granting of an air pollution permit by Metro Vancouver to Weir Canada, (Permit GVA1081 Weir Can. 2017-11-09). The Weir Canada plant is located in the Campbell Heights business area of South Surrey. The following are the reasons for this appeal.
Metro Vancouver: Please explain why you believe the decision is wrong and should be changed.
BFCA: The newly permitted Weir industrial rubber rebuilding facility was built directly over the Brookswood Aquifer. Toxic and hazardous air pollutants will be discharged into the air over the Aquifer and the Brookswood residential area of Langley including the adjacent rain water recharge zones for Township of Langley (TOL) municipal wells. Greater than 100,000 souls are supplied water from Township of Langley (TOL) aquifers. A large percentage of residents in the Brookswood and Fernridge community area are completely reliant on groundwater that is contained within this unconfined sensitive aquifer that is very vulnerable to contamination.
The MVRD Division granting the air pollution Permit GVA1081 at first disavowed any concern that air emissions could adversely affect bioaccumulation or long term effects on land or groundwater contamination. MVRD later conceded that soil and potable water were components of the equation. An Air Dispersion Modelling Report has been released but no assurance regarding long term water safety has been provided.
The central issue of GVA1081 authorizing hazardous air pollution remains. The Brookswood Fernridge Community Association is concerned about the current inadequacy of air quality monitoring stations in the south Langley-Surrey area and the reliance on self monitoring of stack emissions by Weir. We believe that stack and area emissions must be continuously monitored with the reading available to residents on a real time basis. We also have questions about the undefined core processes involved in a rubber rebuilding facility. Toxicity from recycled crumb rubber in schoolyards is a developing concern.
Metro Vancouver: What result are you seeking from an appeal?
BFCA: We seek a stay of the Permit to stop permanent and irremediable environmental harm to the Brookswood Aquifer pending a comprehensive EAB examination of the disclosed and non-disclosed contaminants from this industrial rubber plant. A stay would also protect our air.
We understand that Best Available Control Technology Exists which would essentially eliminate significant air, land or groundwater environmental contamination. Implementation of current 2017 technology is mandatory.
Note: Dr. Murray McFadden will represent and speak to our interests at the appeal.
Metro Vancouver: If you have any questions regarding this permit, please contact us at 604-432-6200 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Division