Chilliwack city council has unanimously approved rezoning for a new hazardous waste recycling facility that has drawn the ire of a dozen British Columbia organizations.
The December 3, 2013 council approval means that the Aevitas plant is well on its way to recycling such controversial items as lamps and transformer oil, which can contain PCBs and mercury, respectively.
Aevitas has argued that the facility will have an odour control system, geo membranes, and all recycling activities will be conducted indoors.
Environmental, First Nations and sporting groups have hailed the facility’s location, nearby the Fraser River, as a poor choice for tackling hazardous waste.
Some of the organizations present at the December 17, 2013 press conference about the facility included:
- Fraser Valley Salmon Society
- B.C. Federation of Fly Fishers
- Steelhead Society of B.C.
- Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association
- Fraser River Salmon Table
- Chilliwack Fish & Game Protective Association
- Watershed Watch Salmon Society
- WaterWealth Project
A city staff report from the rezoning hearing stated that the Aevitas plant's design will be subject to approval from the provincial Ministry of Health.