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WEIR Facility – Potential to Affect Air and Water Quality – a BFCA delegation appeared before TOL Council 10Apr2017 to discuss the Weir Canada Air Quality Permit application made to Metro Vancouver.
WEIR Facility – Potential to Affect Air and Water Quality – TOL Councillor Petrina Arnason has conducted a Notice of Motion 10Apr2017 for a Clean Water Plan.
Whereas a safe water supply is fundamental to the health of the community and source protection must be a critical part of drinking water protection, and
Whereas watershed and aquifer protection are vital to protect the integrity of drinking water, and
Whereas thousands of users, including municipal, private and agricultural users reside in Brookswood/Fernridge and rely on the Brookswood aquifer for potable; and
Whereas the Drinking Water Protection Act (2001) ensures the protection of potable water further to the interests of public health, and
Whereas Section 31(1) of the Act states:
“The Minister may, by order made on the recommendation of the Provincial health officer, designate an area for the purpose of developing a drinking water protection plan for the area, and
Whereas, the provincial health officer must consider whether to make a recommendation under this section if requested by a drinking water officer,
Therefore be it resolved that Council direct staff to correspond with the Fraser Health local drinking water officer with respect to concerns regarding the potential negative impact on the potable water supply further to the location of the proposed Ebco and Weir development applications in South Langley in and around the vulnerable and unconfined Brookwood aquifer. – Councillor Petrina Arnason , Township of Langley
WEIR Facility – Potential to Affect Air Quality – TOL Kim Richter & staff have made a request for an air quality impact assessment and dispersion model, and request metro Vancouver to meet with Brookswood-Fernridge residents to answer questions – more to follow.
The emissions WEIR are proposing are going to directly impact the air quality in Brookswood-Fernridge. This will be a chance to tell WEIR that we don’t want their emissions in our neighbourhood. We need to speak up now before it’s too late!
Letter Written by: Wayne Crossen
To: Natasha Silva
Permitting Officer, Metro Vancouver,
Re: Weir Canada and Ebco Air Quality Permit Applications
The development of the Campbell Heights Industrial area in Surrey has been considered by most people in both Surrey and south Langley as the location of new high-tech light industry and facilities for industrial warehousing. Two revised applications to Metro Vancouver for Air Quality Permit Applications have raised the concern of the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association.
The two applications, one by Weir Canada, located at 19833 34A Ave. Surrey, and a second by Ebco (galvanizing plant) at 18699 24th Ave. Surrey have the potential to emit environmental and health damaging pollutants into the Brookswood, Fernridge, Campbell Heights and Hazelmere Valley areas. In fact, the prevailing winds in the area would almost certainly mean the dispersion of any pollutants from these plants would be concentrated over the south Langley area in which a major new residential area is expected to be developed under the current Official Community Planning initiative.
Accordingly we would respectfully request you send to us copies of the Air Quality Permit Applications, copies of the dispersion modeling and copies of any studies related to the potential health risks and air quality issues posed by both these two developments. We would also ask for Metro Vancouver’s definition of “sensitive receptors” and what qualifies an institution, place or specific population as a “sensitive receptors.
As the two applications in question are of considerable concern to the residents of south Langley we would ask that Metro Vancouver commit to holding “Public Consultation Meetings” within the Brookswood Fernridge area which would include a panel consisting of company representatives, a member of Surrey City Council, and a member of Langley Township Council, and a member of Metro Vancouver. We would also ask that the meeting provide for an open question and answer session so our residents can ask questions and express any concerns they may have.
The Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association will gladly work with Metro Vancouver to facilitate these meetings
Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association
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