By Mike Archer. In order that those in the Fraser Valley who value science, facts, research and intelligent discussion of substantive issues can find some solace in the knowledge that their impressions of the Valley’s most famous pseudo-environmentalists – Abbotsford’s Patricia Ross and Chilliwack’s Sharon Gaetz – as political opportunists with nothing much to contribute to the debate about the fictional Fraser Valley ‘airshed,’ new evidence provides clear evidence of the fact that both politicians have missed the point by a country mile.
Material published by the Metro Vancouver on the actual make-up of the pollutants in what politicians refer to as the ‘airshed’ in the Lower Mainland show that, rather than focusing on the commuter-based cities both Gaetz and Ross are building as the primary source of pollutants to our air, the two have been focusing all of their (and the local media’s) attention on the smallest contributor to the problem while ignoring the one they themselves are causing.
“The emissions from the facility are extremely small compared to other emission sources in the Fraser Valley. For instance, in 2013 the facility contributed only three thousandths of a per cent (0.003%) of fine particle emissions to the Fraser Valley. It accounted for 0.9% of the total emissions of NOx, a key smog forming pollutant, and a project under construction to upgrade the emissions controls will reduce that to 0.4% of the regional total by 2015. For trace organic contaminants such as dioxins and furans, the facility’s emissions represent less than one thousandth of a per cent (less than 0.001%) of Fraser Valley airshed totals. In terms of greenhouse gases, the facility emits 0.8% of the total emissions from the Metro Vancouver region.”
We’ve published the scientific research many times before but neither Gaetz nor Ross seems the least bit interested in learning what is actually going on, preferring, it seems to make political hay out of a non-issue in order continue collecting a public pay cheque.
The fact that Gaetz and Ross have participated in producing one of the biggest ecological disasters in BC by allowing the gravel industry to run roughshod over pristine, protected and sensitive environmental areas while approving toxic waste facilities along the Fraser River – both of which will be remembered for thousands of years – pales by comparison with the way both have devoted their public life to creating cities which will destroy the ‘airshed’ and the environment of the Fraser Valley faster and more effectively than any attempt to by the GVRD to reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfills by converting it to energy.
Look at the facts and make up your own mind.
Research, Sources and Background:
We did what we could to provide as many useful links for those who want to look into the matter further. Some general research links are provided below as well as the research provided by both sides in this very political debate.
Critique of Waste To Energy Proposals:Incinerators – Waste-to-Energy Proposals in the Watershed Sentinel by Joyce Nelson.
Fraser Valley Regional District Research:
– Consolidated FV Management Plan 1998 PDF
– Best Management Practices and emission inventory of agricultural sources in the Lower Fraser Valley
– State of the air Reports
– Dr Ian Mckendry Report-Air Quality in the Fraser Valley
– Particulate Emissions and Health – Prf C. Vyvyan Howarrd