A demonstrator outside the public meeting for the information of waste dumping in the Sunshine valley Photo KDG

A demonstrator outside the public meeting for the information of waste dumping in the Sunshine valley
Photo KDG

Monday saw the Merritt Civic center with about 200 people listen to speakers talk of the Bio solids being dumped a the 300 acre Dry lake site in the Sunshine Valley area of Merritt. A trucking company has  two five-year contracts to dump Class A and B bio solids  from two municipality including Abbotsford in the lower mainland. The business has the use of a public access forestry road to the area that they improved from a four-wheel drive access to haulage truck.

An unincorporated association called Friends of the Nicola Valley ( a face book group) were on hand in an information room with information and a petition against the activity. The group says they have a lawyer to see to their interests. The biggest concerns were smell , the effect on property values and future demand for more such land.

The municipalities involved are not part of the local regional district and appear to have come in under the radar with the only regulatory obligation being to given notice to the environment ministry.
On this day: January 27th 1973
The Paris accord ends the American war in South East Asia.

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