Q&A with the candidates: Part 3

What would you do to protect the Upper Fraser Valley air shed, while balancing the growing need for waste management?

  • May. 9, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Question 3:

What would you do to protect the Upper Fraser Valley air shed, while balancing the growing need for waste management?

Michael Henshall:

Myself and the BC Conservatives are unanimously opposed to the Metro Vancouver incinerator. We all agree we must protect our air quality. The NDP and Liberals have not taken the same stance. Even it the local Liberal candidates say they are opposed Christy Clark and Environment Minister Terry Lake are not. For the time being the Cache Creek disposal site is proven to work.  For the future there is a proposal to barge the waste up the coast to a site. Whatever the future method for waste disposal our air quality needs to be protected.

Ryan McKinnon:

We need to maximize our transit system,less cars on the road means less emissions.We need to all personally challenge ourselves to minimize what we buy that will end up in our landfills.

Gwen O’Mahony:

This issue is of vital importance to residents of the Fraser Valley. Due to the Fraser Valley’s geography and airshed, air pollutants from the Lower Mainland are concentrated towards the east end of the Fraser Valley, in Chilliwack and Abbotsford. This means that a new incinerator facility in the Lower Mainland could pose a threat to the air quality of the Fraser Valley and cause health concerns related to particulate matter and dioxin emissions. Residents of the Fraser Valley have made their concerns known.

If the BC NDP forms the next government in British Columbia, I will be a strong voice for residents of the Fraser Valley. This means that any incinerator proposals must pass rigorous, site-specific environmental assessment processes and must specifically address the concerns around air quality, health and environmental impacts in the Fraser Valley. These concerns must be addressed in the environmental assessment process, not as part of a “working group” as the Liberals have proposed. We would look forward to meeting with you in person to discuss such concerns.

Laurie Throness:

I would oppose the waste incinerator that is being contemplated by the GVRD, through the Environmental Assessment process that the BC Liberals will require the project to undergo. I believe that, working together, we can stop the project and keep our air clean.

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