Concerns over hazards of the landfill extension

A reader shares her concerns over the proposed extension to the Cache Creek landfill.

Dear Editor,

I have today mailed my objection to the extension of the garbage landfill at Cache Creek. The following is a copy of the letter.

To the director, Ministry of Environment; director of Environmental Protection, Village of Cache Creek; and Belkorp Environmental Services.

I object to this proposed extension on the grounds of environmental hazards associated with the Bonaparte River and the Thompson River, from which the Village of Ashcroft gets its municipal water.

Adding more garbage to the landfill is counterproductive and inherently hazardous, as well as being potentially costly.

This proposed extension needs more timely consideration. No liner, over time, can safeguard the groundwater upon which Ashcroft depends. When the garbage builds up, replacing a liner entails an incredible amount of work, and the cost must be prohibitive.

If contamination happens, the cost to the companies involved, and ultimately to the taxpayers (if the companies can, somehow, withdraw responsibility), is too much of a threat.

Esther Darlington


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