To the editor:
Re: Biosolids Affect First Nations Way of Life, April 29 Capital News.
The protest of the First Nations members of the Nicola area bands is proof of the blindness of municipal and regional district planners.
While we allow new subdivisions, high density housing and tourist oriented projects to grow like weeds, our planners lack the vision to allow for disposal of the created waste by such an increase in population, and instead try to dump it on other less densely populated areas.
This valley can only support a limited population before we start hauling all our waste out and our food and water in—with the current tunnel vision of our planning authorities, probably using the same container.
There is a cavity at the Brenda Mine site, close at hand which could and should be drained in a controlled manner before a landslide occurs and the homes below are flooded.
When this pit is dry, dump the waste in there and fill up the ugly hole.
Editor’s Note: Brenda Mine tailings pond contains heavy metals and cannot just be ‘drained.’ http://www.enviraube.com/tech/brenda.pdf