December 2, 2013
A new project and a new threat to the health of Howe Sound has been announced. Metro Vancouver is considering a proposal to build a $500-million garbage incinerator on Squamish First Nation lands at Port Mellon. John Gleeson of the The Coast Reporter provides some details and it is possible to view all the presentations to Metro at http://www.metrovancouver.org/
Metro Vancouver is a signatory to the Howe Sound Principles for Cooperation and the Metro Vancouver board is supportive of comprehensive planning for Howe Sound. The health effects of large scale incineration, often referred to as Waste to Energy plants, is highly debatable. City of Vancouver has passed a motion to not allow Waste to Energy within the City limits.
Metro Vancouver is committed to consultation with the communities affected and we expect the carcinogens in the fine particulates that are emitted from burning garbage in combination with the emissions from Howe Sound Pulp and Paper to be closely examined. The vision of Howe Sound as a world class tourism and recreation destination in conjunction with being a final destination for Metro Vancouver’s garbage is difficult to imagine.