CRD committee ignores the smell of reality

Other examples of placing biosolids plant outside city limits exist

I am appalled by the blatant incongruity of critical thinking and oversight in planning to even consider placing a biosolids facility on Viewfield Road.

This location is low in elevation amidst residential populations and schools. A biosolids processing facility feasibly will contain chimney stack ventilation, which will cast particulate high into the atmosphere and then blow into Vic West, downtown Victoria and Esquimalt, including prestigious Rockheights and the Swallows Landing adjacent the ocean.

Anaerobic slurry stores which require oxygen for their rapid decomposition, causing offensive odours, will be abundant.

Cold air falls, but then warm molecules comprised of fecal odour would become abundant within the atmosphere.

More notable is the lack of foresight in terms of planning for this plant. I have resided in eight other provinces in Canada, all of which have their solids facilities on the outskirts of cities, with the exception of one in Winnipeg. When the wind blows the wrong way, one shuts up the windows a kilometre away.

I have yet to come across political leaders within the CRD who make sound decisions for the demographics within their ridings. Instead they choose to ignore the comments and concerns.

You, sirs and madams, should be ashamed. For the past five years your insolence and ignorance to the truth has allowed you to perseverate in continuing to plan for this facility in the Esquimalt Industrial Park, and this has contributed to the elevation in the facility’s expense.

Attempting to ignore the facts and actualities, with hopes that over time the controversy surrounding this decision will become absolved, stinks.

Jamie Firman

Esquimalt