Letters to the Editor

Don’t get caught up in incinerator hype

To the Editor,

Re: Waste-to-energy facility partners fire up public outreach campaign, Dec. 26.

The hype to locate the incinerator at Duke Point will now go ahead in earnest. It has actually been going on for an extended period. It is just that the public was not aware. We should now expect a full campaign to prove the benefits of having such a facility in our midst.

I expect that Seaspan would be the big winner here as it not only owns the land where the incinerator would be located, but would most assuredly be the contractor for transporting garbage across the strait.

If this incinerator is built here, we are stuck with it for decades. It is probable that all of the waste from the Island will also make its way to Duke Point and so we will officially become the “garbage capital” of the province. No doubt that there are economic benefits available, but if they are so enticing, why isn’t every community begging to have it built in their back yard?

Jeff Solomon
Nanaimo

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