Campbell Heights Industrial Emissions
On March 28, 2018 Metro Vancouver approved the granting of a permit (GVA1093) to Ebco Metal Finishing L.P. The permit authorizes “discharge of air contaminants to the air from a hot dip galvanizing facility” The stated emissions will include ammonia, ammonium chloride, chlorine, nickel, zinc, particulate matter and sulfuric acid.
The Brookswood Fernridge Community Association, along with other concerned groups and individuals has appealed the granting of this permit based on the impact these emissions could have on the environment and the Brookswood Aquifer as well as the medical health of South Langley residents both current and future. The Association has asked that this company be required to adopt a zero emissions standard requiring them to use the highest of international technology available to do so and, to drastically improve monitoring capability including twenty-four hour constant monitoring of discharges, visible online to concerned residents of the area.
On Feb 15, 2018 Metro Vancouver also approved the granting of a permit (GVA1081) to Weir Canada Inc. This permit authorizes the “discharge of air contaminants to the air from an industrial rubber rebuilding facility” The stated emissions include Epichlorohydrin, Ethylbenzene, Hexachlorocyclopentadiene, Methyl isobutyl ketone, Toluene Volatile Organic Compounds, Xylene, and Butoxyethanol.
The Brookswood Fernridge Community Association, along with other concerned groups and individuals has appealed the granting of this permit for reasons similar to the above (Ebco) citing the failure of the EAB to adequately address the complexities of “health and environmental protection” and failure to protect the “public interest”.
The formal dates for the Weir appeal to be heard is scheduled for Dec 3-7, 10-14, and 18-19, 2018, in Surrey. Expert Reports or Notice of Expert Testimony – must be provided 84 calendar days – or 12 weeks -before scheduled oral hearing date. Venue yet to be determined. These hearings are open to the public should any residents wish to attend.
As an aside, it is our understanding that Metro Vancouver has yet to turn down any industrial permit application for the discharge of contaminants.
Brookswood Fernridge Planning:
It is our understanding that there are additional environmental/engineering studies that need to be completed in advance of beginning the Neighbourhood Planning exercise. The last development proposal that qualified under the provisions of the 1987 OCP, is the proposed development application by the Platinum Group to develop lands along 27th Avenue between 200th St. and 204th St. .
Council indicated earlier that no new applications under the 2017 OCP would be considered until the Neighbourhood Plans for the area in question were completed. We all should insist that they abide by this commitment.
The Brookswood Fernridge Community Association continues to support and encourage Council to proceed with a phased, sequential development, substantially completing the development of one neighbourhood including associated infrastructure, before allowing development to begin elsewhere.
Your comments on these issues are welcome.