Sunday, April 19, 2015

First Nations - Lower Nicola Objects to Sludge Dumping

Would you want toxic waste on your land? 

Probably not. Yet this is happening in British Columbia as it is likely happening in other areas. Environmentalists don't approve, scientists issue warnings, and if the laws were changed to prevent sludge in the oceans and rivers, then perhaps there is cause for concern. 




What are the side effects? Who approved the dumping? Why is such a product not handled in the area from whence it cometh? Why is treated sewage moved from one large area to a more rural area and why are those who will be affected not consulted? Yes, garbage and sewage in cities and urban areas are a problem, but one that needs to be addressed. How much priority is it being given? That should be an issue in any upcoming elections! 

First Nations in Merritt, the Lower Nicola Indian Band objects to the dumping of bio-waste, aka sludge, without notification to the members of the community. Bravo!  Someone has to be the whistle-blower. Someone has to protect our environment against business interests, when the impact could affect health and food products of the people living in an given area.

Shouldn't large urban areas be dealing with their own garbage issues, rather than trucking them down the road to someone else's backyard?

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For more information and images check the links below:


Protesters at Premier Clark's Kelowna office call for end to sewage dumping

The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/protesters-at-clarks-west-kelowna-office-call-for-end-to-sewage-dumping/article24000426/

CBC News-Online

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/premier-christy-clark-s-west-kelowna-office-occupied-by-first-nations-protesters-1.3034929


Nicola Valley residents protest influx of sewage sludge from Okanagan
http://globalnews.ca/news/1875604/nicola-valley-residents-protest-sewage-sludge/

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Were you aware that sludge from sewage is being applied to rural lands in many countries? I'm in Canada, but let me know if it's happening in your area too! 

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here. I'll respond. Thanks for dropping by. This information was brought to my attention by someone who found it on social media and thought I'd be interested.

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More information related to distribution of Waste products:

Sewage sludge disposal - a global dilemma
http://www.enviroenergysystems.com/introduction.html

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Sewage sludge could contain millions of dollars worth of gold (metals are part of the mix in sewer sludge)
http://news.sciencemag.org/environment/2015/01/sewage-sludge-could-contain-millions-dollars-worth-gold

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Dumping Sludge in the Oceans

http://deepseaconservation.org/issues/dumping.php

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Sewage sludge

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Sewage_sludge

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Wiki on Sewage Sludge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sewage_sludge

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14 comments:

  1. Sludge dumping and waste disposal more generally is a classic 'not in my back yard problem'. Sigh. And hiss and spit.
    Those who create the mess should be responsible for either cleaning up, or making sure that it IS cleaned up. In their neighbourhood.

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    1. The marketing of the waste use promotes that it's cheap and sustainable, but at what cost to the human and environmental conditions?

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  2. Don't think anyone would say Yes to that. It's disgusting if they're dumping it without permission or notification. Need a better solution for sure.

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    1. Using waste for biofuel might be better, if it doesn't contaminate the air more than it already is in some areas. The toxic part of the equation is that pharmaceuticals and industry runoff metals could be in the mix.

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  3. Great post! No, no and no! I hope that the First Nations can obtain an injunction to stop the sludge dumping. Any pro-bono attorneys out there who would help?

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    1. I've asked a friend of mine to tweet the post location, since I'm not on Twitter. The reserve in Lower Nicola has its own lawyers, I'm sure. This was likely one way of getting the message visible.

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  4. I'm shocked at BC....I think of that province as being way more environmentally conscious than say Alberta. I hope they get the dumping stopped right away.

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    1. Sometimes BC is, JoJo, it depends on which political party is running the show. . .this was brought from the BC premier's home riding to a more rural area. Does that tell you anything about why?

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  5. I'm glad they're saying something, but chances of anyone listening to First Nations objecting are low. Sad, but true. In the U.S. they're trying to build an oil pipeline from up north (Alaska through Canada?) that will go right through Sioux land. No one consulted the Sioux, despite them being a sovereign nation and that land belonging to them. Just the U.S. doing what it has always done, which is sad. But maybe First Nations have more respect up there than Natives down here?

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    1. Sometimes yes, the government has to listen and money has been given for various issues, and sometimes no, the government does what it wants and only listens when an uproar ensues. My hubs is of First Nations blood, and as a result we find out more about what goes on. I do think the First Nations in Canada get a bit more respect. But business in both nations likes to bulldoze over environmental concerns for the sake of their profits.

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  6. Toxic sludge dumping is horrible. When people/organizations do things that hurt the environment it makes me so mad.

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    1. I feel the same, Chrys. That's why I post about environmental issues, especially when business or government agencies are given carte blanche to do so.

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  7. How could anybody be OK with this? Can't we shoot it all up at the moon or something?

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    1. That would be an excellent question for those responsible for okaying the dumping of treated sewage. I wonder if it would help the moon?? Until we can use leverage to sling it out, it would cost too much in propulsion fuel. . .unless they used it for propulsion fuel. . .hmmm.

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