Letter: Plant safeguards not enough

The facility construction with its layers of barriers sounds impressive, but the best engineering today can prove to be inadequate tomorrow.

Re: Aevitas counters critics with new video (Chilliwack Progress March 11)

In the video Byron Day, president of Aevitas, sounds sincere when he tries to defend his project’s proximity to the Fraser River.  He illustrates with a map how the Chilliwack area is laced with interconnecting waterways leading to the Fraser, but misses the point that, in the event of a spill, distance from the river allows for crucial time for containment.

The facility construction with its layers of barriers sounds impressive, but history has shown that the best engineering today can prove to be inadequate tomorrow.  Remember the Mount Polley mine disaster, Fukushima and the Titanic? All were considered more than adequate, until they failed.

Why not come see for yourself?  The newly formed Chilliwack chapter of the Council of Canadians is celebrating World Water Day, Sunday, March 22 at 1 p.m. with a gathering on Cannor Road near the proposed Aevitas site.  There will be speakers and a nature walk to the Fraser through the nearby Bert Brink Wildlife Management Area.  Come enjoy a pleasant afternoon and form your own opinion.

Sandra Forbes,


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