Written by: Wayne Crossen
To: Natasha Silva
Permitting Officer, Metro Vancouver,
Re: Weir Canada and Ebco Air Quality Permit Applications
The development of the Campbell Heights Industrial area in Surrey has been considered by most people in both Surrey and south Langley as the location of new high-tech light industry and facilities for industrial warehousing. Two revised applications to Metro Vancouver for Air Quality Permit Applications have raised the concern of the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association.
The two applications, one by Weir Canada, located at 19833 34A Ave. Surrey, and a second by Ebco (galvanizing plant) at 18699 24th Ave. Surrey have the potential to emit environmental and health damaging pollutants into the Brookswood, Fernridge, Campbell Heights and Hazelmere Valley areas. In fact, the prevailing winds in the area would almost certainly mean the dispersion of any pollutants from these plants would be concentrated over the south Langley area in which a major new residential area is expected to be developed under the current Official Community Planning initiative.
Accordingly we would respectfully request you send to us copies of the Air Quality Permit Applications, copies of the dispersion modeling and copies of any studies related to the potential health risks and air quality issues posed by both these two developments. We would also ask for Metro Vancouver’s definition of “sensitive receptors” and what qualifies an institution, place or specific population as a “sensitive receptors.
As the two applications in question are of considerable concern to the residents of south Langley we would ask that Metro Vancouver commit to holding “Public Consultation Meetings” within the Brookswood Fernridge area which would include a panel consisting of company representatives, a member of Surrey City Council, and a member of Langley Township Council, and a member of Metro Vancouver. We would also ask that the meeting provide for an open question and answer session so our residents can ask questions and express any concerns they may have.
The Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association will gladly work with Metro Vancouver to facilitate these meetings.
Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association