Letters to the Editor

Incinerator plan outrageous

To the Editor,

Re: Incinerator wouldn’t burn off toxins, Letters, Feb. 13.

I’m writing to express my opposition and indeed outrage at the proposed Metro Vancouver garbage incinerator.

There are a litany of economic, environmental and health reasons why this or any incinerator should not be built. These include the immorality and false economy of the atmosphere being used as a dump for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of particles, gases and chemicals on an annual basis; the need to landfill several hundred thousand tonnes of toxic ash laden with heavy metals; and the fact that incinerators actually work against waste reduction because once built there is an incentive by industry to source additional garbage and an incentive for governments to burn rather than invest in recycling technology and infrastructure.

I live on Gabriola Island. Having toxic particulate matter affect the health of my daughter and contaminate my farmland and potentially jeopardize the health of the soil and the quality of the food that I produce is something I will not tolerate. You will see me on the barricades if this facility is accepted in Nanaimo.

Rob West
Gabriola Island

 

To the Editor,

Re: No decision from council on incinerator, Dec. 5.

I was shocked and dismayed when five Nanaimo city councillors and the mayor voted to table Coun. George Anderson’s motion to say a definite no to a proposed incinerator. Their feeble excuse was that they needed to know more.

They should already know that Nanaimo citizens take the time to sort their garbage in an environmentally responsible manner, thus diverting about 70 per cent of it from the landfill. City councillors should know by now that our Metro Vancouver neighbours do not take the trouble to do that. Instead they want to go and build an incinerator in our backyard.

They should also know that waste incineration produces toxins that will be putting residents at great risk of developing serious diseases, birth defects, and respiratory illnesses. These toxins would affect us, our children, grandchildren and future generations.

So how much more do they need to know about burning garbage? Seems that what some councillors need to know is that they need to be more environmentally responsible and accountable to those who voted for them.

Donna Wilk
Nanaimo

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