March 10, 2015
Many people remember the bad odour in Howe Sound when the pulp mills at Port Mellon and Woodfibre were in full production back in the 70’s. The odour would waft down the sound to Horseshoe Bay and many referred to it as the “smell of money”. That smell was also an indicator of the lack of environmental protection.
There has been great improvement since the 70’s with the closure of the Woodfibre Pulp Mill and upgrades at Howe Sound Pulp and Paper. The BC Ministry of Environment along with stakeholders have developed air quality management plans and there is ongoing monitoring. The Sea to Sky Air Quality Management Plan was reviewed last year and it addresses all aspects of air quality including visual and greenhouse gas emissions. Action plans for meeting a number of objectives is being developed this year.
David Suzuki recently completed his Blue Dot Tour, ending on the West Coast in November. People around Howe Sound are signing the pledge declaring that all people have the right to live in a healthy environment to breathe clean air, drink and access clean water, eat safe and healthy food, and access nature. Now communities are starting to do the same. District of Squamish follows Whistler Council in making this declaration and we expect other communities to follow.
Here is what we can do:
2. Urge your community to pass a declaration recognizing the right to fresh air, clean water and healthy food.
4. Experiencing bad air quality – odour, visibility or illegal burning? Call the R.A.P.P. Line
5. Engage in the public comment period of projects proposed Waste to Energy facility at Port Mellon and Woodfibre LNG to ensure air quality is a high value component. Proposed projects individually and cumulatively can degrade our air quality in Howe Sound and affect our health.