Protected the Fraser!


Below is original text of this page. Here to tell some of the story. But today, May 6, Aevitas announced that they will not proceed.

In the face of opposition from residents, First Nations, recreational groups, businesses, ... pretty much everyone, the City of Chilliwack has gone ahead and approved an Aevitas hazardous waste facility, that will handle mercury, PCBs and other heavy metals and toxic materials, on the banks of the Fraser River.

paper_people.jpgThe Fraser is the world's #1 salmon river. Recreational fisheries alone in the Lower Fraser are worth some $100-million per year. The Fraser is at the heart of the culture of the Stó:lō, the Indigenous people of the region who share the original name of the river itself. The Lower Fraser is home to endangered white sturgeon, a fish virtually unchanged over 175 million years and provincially red-listed with the second highest 'at-risk' rating BC has to offer, also a fish particularly vulnerable to toxin bioaccumulation.

"most of the dikes were found to have inadequate freeboard and are at high risk of over topping during a design flood event"

BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Fraser River Design Flood Level Update - Hope to Mission Final Report
Flood Safety Section, March 2014

Risks from this facility, if built, include emissions from normal operations, accidents on the site, accidents transporting materials to and from the site, and flooding from the river.

A provincial report projects that by the end of the century under a moderate flood risk scenario "the 50-year return period event will have a magnitude similar to the 1948 flood". The same report states that a failure of the earthen Lajoie Dam and subsequent failure of the Terzaghi Dam below it would result in a flood "significantly larger than the estimated 10,000 year return period event". It would be only hours before those flood waters reached the hazardous waste site. In this seismically active province this is a risk that cannot be discounted. One need only consider the failure of the earthen Mount Polley dam, which needed no earthquake to trigger it.

When word of the hazardous waste proposal reached the public, the Protect the Fraser Coalition quickly formed and continues to grow, now comprising over 30 diverse groups. The Coalition's message has been consistent from day 1:

"We are not opposed to this facility. We are opposed to the location."

Now the decision is squarely in the hands of the Ministry of Environment. Astonishingly, this hazardous waste facility does not automatically trigger an environmental assessment! But the Minister of Environment, Mary Polak, can choose to have an environmental assessment done.

Sign this petition to tell the Minister of Environment that the Aevitas hazardous waste facility should not be built near the banks of the Fraser River and that she must order a comprehensive environmental assessment that takes into account future flooding risks posed by climate change, earthquakes and dam failures.

We the undersigned ask the Minister of Environment to review the proposed Aevitas hazardous waste facility in Chilliwack, BC and order a comprehensive environmental assessment of the proposed development. The review must include looking at the risks posed to the health of the watershed and fish populations in the case of future floods, earthquake and potential failures of the Lajoie and Terzaghi Dams.

Respectfully submitted,

Who's signing

Tracy French
Anne Landry
Janet Denison
Dale Kerr
Kate Jackson
Lois Beischer
Tony Brumell
Belinda Lyall
Donald Barz
Bruce Elkin
Jim Cooperman
Karen Sikora
Ineke Hughes
vera sywak
Pamela Beech
Sue Richardson-Smith
ian mctavish
Vivian Morris
Sarah Weaver
Melissa Duralia
Nicky Clarke
Ronn Boeur
joan clarke
Steve Guidone
Roni Jones
Jim Chisholm
Rich Thorne
1,441 signatures

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signed 2015-02-01 15:05:02 -0800
Unbelievably irresponsible of the Chilliwak city officials to approve this location! It continues to astonish me how the almighty dollar continues to outweigh our duty to Protect and Preserve our environment and this planet for ourselves and for the future of our children. The government of this city should be ashamed of this decision! They need to approve a different, more environmentally sound location and show to the world that they truly do believe in saving our environment and they are a government committed in doing so!
signed 2015-02-01 14:25:47 -0800
signed 2015-02-01 14:13:15 -0800
signed 2015-02-01 14:09:48 -0800
Why does the public have to keep demanding that the Liberal gov’t of BC consider the risks of something that is an accident waiting to happen? You are supposed to represent the people of this province, not throw all of us under the collective bus. Surely there is a better location for this facility than where it is in harm’s way.
signed 2015-02-01 14:06:54 -0800
signed 2015-02-01 13:04:37 -0800
signed via 2015-02-01 12:57:46 -0800
As is often the case corporations will swear that all is good Then a disaster occurs does frightfull damage and the corporations appologize proffusley but the damage is done and cannot ever be completley undone.Toxic waste can and should be treated but never in a place that is subject to unpredictable environmental impacts like flooding. I believe there are other areas away from any flood planes where at risk industry can be situated.Council must behave responsibly and put a stop to this

potential threat .
@ThistleFarmBC tweeted link to this page. 2015-02-01 12:22:33 -0800
The banks of the Fraser are no place for hazardous waste! Please sign and share the petition: Protect the Fraser
signed 2015-02-01 10:58:16 -0800
signed 2015-02-01 10:12:34 -0800
A good idea in the wrong place. Government and industry must work together to find a more suitable site.
signed 2015-02-01 10:07:18 -0800
signed 2015-02-01 09:51:24 -0800
This must be halted, ASAP!
signed 2015-02-01 09:37:15 -0800
signed 2015-02-01 08:59:22 -0800
Hazardous waste treatment on a flood plain??? Never mind within 500 feet of the Fraser River, which, as we all know, floods its banks EVERY year. Are you out of your minds?
signed 2015-02-01 08:49:41 -0800
I feel the environment of Canada and our natural resources should be protected … We should be spending TAXPAYERS money on important things …. CLEAN WATER is important…. Quit spending our money on useless and endless wars… The WAR on TERROR is rediculous. They are both the same thing… ENDLESS STUPIDITY…. STAY OUT OF UKRAINE AND SYRIA AND ALL THE OTHER PLACES THAT WE ARE THREATENING INNOCENT PEOPLE… IT SEEMS CANADA IS ACTING LIKE A TERRORIST NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUNDTHANK YOU FOR COMING TO YOUR SENSES…. VERA
signed 2015-02-01 08:43:26 -0800
Once again the fact that this got through to approval without automatically triggering an environmental review is just insanity and why this province, indeed all of Canada is at risk of being severely compromised by its own development decisions and resource exploration. Somewhere common sense, the health of the people, wildlife and their environment has to prevail…..let it be the province of BC who takes the lead in advocacy for these basic rights.
signed 2015-02-01 08:39:07 -0800
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The banks of the Fraser are no place for hazardous waste! Please sign and share the petition: Protect the Fraser
signed 2015-02-01 08:32:11 -0800
signed 2015-02-01 08:02:29 -0800
Seriously? Is this really being considered in this day and age?
signed 2015-02-01 08:01:36 -0800
signed 2015-02-01 06:00:22 -0800
signed 2015-02-01 05:34:36 -0800
signed 2015-01-31 23:51:57 -0800
This is insane, knowing that that seal level WILL rise in the next few years
signed 2015-01-31 23:48:40 -0800
Clean water should have priority over all matters that even come

close to threatening them.
signed 2015-01-31 23:37:15 -0800
signed via 2015-01-31 23:20:22 -0800
posted about this on Facebook 2015-01-31 22:21:54 -0800
The banks of the Fraser are no place for hazardous waste! Please sign and share the petition: Protect the Fraser
signed 2015-01-31 22:21:22 -0800
signed 2015-01-31 22:12:29 -0800
Please, think long term.
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