Costs of incineration are high

Once again the health of the population of the Fraser Valley is at risk from the threat of another incinerator with the potential to burn a million tonnes of refuse a year produced from the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area.

Once again the health of the population of the Fraser Valley is at risk from the threat of another incinerator with the potential to burn a million tonnes of refuse a year produced from the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area.

This raises a moral issue: Are the people of the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area prepared to foist their volatilized garbage into the air to the disadvantage of the people of the Fraser Valley? When garbage is transformed at high temperatures it is converted to ash and highly complex gases containing heavy metals and rarer metals, plus dioxins, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. It is also acknowledged that there will also be micro particles which can penetrate deeply into sinus and living tissue.

The dilution with large quantities of air makes the emission from incinerators practically invisible, yet large chimney stacks on incinerators expose the volume of their poisonous emissions. We must always remember that just because it is almost invisible that it is still a changed form of a very toxic material to all living creatures, including plant life.

There are numerous threats to society from the incineration of garbage, both biological and economic, so that not only will the exposure have injured health, but also hidden economic penalties. First of all is the threat from increased air pollution which when reaching a tipping point will precipitate attacks of asthma in both young children and older asthmatics, and increasing the inflammatory response in the lungs to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and hence, increased breathing disabilities, and hospitalization.

The second biological threat is the absorption from the atmosphere of the biological toxins into the food chain of agricultural products as contaminated water carries the material onto growing plants and into the soil. This process is not apparent, by soil scientists can confirm it.

The economic consequences of enhanced aerial pollution are:

1. Increased visits to emergency departments by patients with asthma and COPD.

2. Increasing costs of increased hospitalization of all patients with compromised lung and cardiac systems. The extra financing required for more hospital beds.

3. Reduced agricultural yield and productivity.

4. A movement of population away from areas of pollution and economic loss to home owners due to a fall in property values by people leaving the Upper Fraser Valley for healthier zones, especially those with compromised lung function who are advised to leave.

The resolution of this threat to the population of the Fraser Valley is dependent on political decisions. The health of the population should be protected, not threatened by political decisions, hence the questions: What is the health of 1.5 million people in the Fraser Valley worth? I understand one of our political representatives in the Fraser Valley is Barry Penner, previously a minister of the environment, who should be well aware of the threat to his constituents. Public opinion should be focused on the politicians who have the responsibility to protect. If they do not, they are not fit to govern.


H. Derrick Rogers

Just Posted

Young Chilliwack singer launches career with French classic

Deanne Ratzlaff performs as featured vocalist in La Vie en Rose in Chilliwack, London and Paris

The most h-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s spelling bee you’ll ever see in Chilliwack

Secondary Characters Musical Theatre hits the stage with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Hang gliding video gives stunning view of Harrison and Fraser river confluence

Aerial view shows striking difference between two rivers as they meet

RCMP use helicopter and police dog to search for suspect on Sts’ailes First Nation

Man known to police fled an allegedly stolen vehicle and firearm on the reserve north of Chilliwack

Stay safe on the rivers of Chilliwack and don’t become a statistic, says swift water expert

Chilliwack Search and Rescue is putting out a safety message just in time for the summer season

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

Cars keyed on BC Ferries after alarms bother dog on board

Delta police arrested one passenger on suspicion of mischief

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Most Read