Target: Mary Polak, Canada’s Minister of the Environment
Goal: Stop a nuclear waste recycling facility from being built on aboriginal land along a coveted river.
A nuclear waste recycling facility is proposed to operate along a river in British Columbia. Home to the majority of the province’s wild salmon, the facility poses a huge threat to wildlife in the river, the watershed downstream, and human health. Environmentalists and native peoples oppose this plan. Sacred land, cemetery sites, and ancient villages will be destroyed for the construction of this invasive recycling facility. Take action now to beg Canada’s Minister of the Environment to stop this plan before it starts.
This nuclear recycling facility was approved by the local council in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Although the facility is awaiting approval by Minister Polak, opposition is strong. Treasured by recreational fishermen and the Stó:lō First Nation tribe, the Fraser River, which will run dangerously close to the facility, supports the community and natural integrity of this area. If an environmental disaster happens from this toxic recycling site, land and water might never fully recover.
Aevitas Inc. hopes to recycle mercury-containing compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and PCB-containing (polychlorinated biphenyls) transformer oil. The company seeks to recycle 5,000 liters of transformer oil and 500,000 bulbs each month. If an accident were to happen at the site, the river would be forever changed. Mercury leaked into the environment will accumulate in fish at extremely harmful levels. Mercury poisoning can damage the immune and nervous systems as well as harm fetal embryos. Animals and humans consuming contaminated fish will be at risk. Furthermore, exposure to PCBs from the transformer oil can cause severe skin conditions, lowered immune responses, and liver damage in humans and wildlife.
Although the citizens of Chilliwack support the idea of a hazardous waste facility, the proposed location by the Fraser River is found to be extremely unsettling and reckless. By signing this petition, you are urging Canada’s Minister of the Environment to deny Aevita’s hazardous waste recycling plant that will destroy sacred land, jeopardize the Fraser River, and potentially harm citizens and wildlife.
Dear Minister Polak,
The Fraser River is a coveted resource. The Stó:lō First Nation treasure the Fraser River not only for its freshwater salmon but also for its proximity to tribal land, cemetery sites, and historical villages. However, the Stó:lō history and Fraser river water quality might be compromised forever by the proposal for Aevitas Inc.’s hazardous waste recycling plant.
British Columbia might need a recycling facility like this but not along the banks of the Fraser River. Aevitas hopes to recycle approximately 5,000 liters of transformer oil and 500,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs per month. There is no guarantee that these hazardous materials will not contaminate the river’s fresh water. Transformer oil contains PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls. When exposed to PCBs, humans can develop severe skin conditions and liver failure. Animals will suffer from liver, skin, and stomach damage. Mercury exposure poses a serious risk to freshwater salmon and animals that feed on the fish. Please protect British Columbia’s wildlife and citizens. Deny Aevitas Inc.’s proposal to construct on sacred land along Canada’s fresh waters.
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