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Delta to Facilitate an Independent Interagency Review Committee for the Fraser Surrey Docks Proposed Direct Transfer Coal Facility

Dec 16, 2013

DELTA, B.C. - At tonight's Regular meeting, Council unanimously endorsed staff's recommendation that Delta not support the Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility until an independent interagency review committee is established to address concerns regarding health and environmental impacts from coal transportation and handling.

The interagency review committee being recommended by Mayor Jackson and Delta Council would be facilitated by the Corporation of Delta and include participation from federal and provincial health and environment ministries, Metro Vancouver, and other local governments affected by this proposal. Additionally, Delta is requesting that Port Metro Vancouver defer consideration of the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility application until recommendations from this independent interagency review committee are received and implemented.

"This is a very complex issue, which warrants a detailed review and analysis from all three levels of government," said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. "As Mayor of Delta, it is my responsibility to ensure that the information being presented to Council and the public is researched, analyzed and transparent. A number of residents are voicing their concerns and requesting an independent health impact assessment; this is something our community deserves."

Delta's staff report identifies a number of areas where additional information and review is required, including the Environmental Impact Assessment's use of an Environment Canada/Ministry of Environment study published in 1986, to assess potential coal dust emissions for Surrey Fraser Docks' proposal.

At the December 9, 2013 Regular meeting, a Notice of Motion on the Surrey Fraser Docks' proposal was deferred until tonight's meeting in order to allow staff additional time to prepare the report endorsed by Council tonight.

For more information, view the staff report endorsed by Council.


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