Waste incinerator takes the cake

Waste incinerators are well-known as sources of air-borne heavy metals, a kaleidoscope of carcinogens and dangerous particulate pollution

Too often we hear our political leaders are prone to putting the cart before the horse but the resurfacing of the idea to build a solid waste incinerator on the Elk Falls mill site takes the cake.

How so you ask? Well after so many years of public outcry, meetings, planning and concepts, VIHA have yet to deliver on the proposed, expanded hospital facilities in the Campbell River/Comox Valley region. Yet here we have a plan hatching to poison our airshed on a massive scale. Waste incinerators are well-known as sources of air-borne heavy metals, a kaleidoscope of carcinogens and dangerous particulate pollution. Cancer recently passed all other causes to become the leading cause of death in Canada. So where exactly do proponents of this ill-considered toxic nightmare think the victims of their latest job creation project will be cared for?

I suggest those regional residents that oppose our air being turned into a dump for consumer excess and a monument to a lack of creative thinking gather at our City Halls and Regional District offices with a bucket of their finest waste. Then our so-called ‘leaders’ supporting a toxic waste incinerator might get a idea of what it’s like to have someone else’s crap rammed down their throats. For more information on the hazards see: www.zerowasteamerica.org/Incinerators.htm For positive and creative solutions on waste management see www.zerowaste.ca

Philip Stone

Quadra Island

Campbell River Mirror

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