In 2013 several groups joined forces to create Real Port Hearings to ensure that we have a transparent, public repository of comments to decision-makers on the proposal to export US thermal coal from Fraser Surrey Docks-Texada Island.

To date the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the provincial government have not adequately responded to public concerns or engaged in meaningful consultation on the risks to health and the environment from this proposal to export US thermal coal from Metro Vancouver.

Recently, Metro Vancouver gave the public a chance to have their say on Fraser Surrey’s application for a liquid waste discharge permit.  We encouraged commenting through this website to add to the public record of our concerns.

Click here to see detailed critiques of the permit application from Communities and Coal, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (2014), Fraser Riverkeeper, and Communities and Coal, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (2015).

Shown below are the 3326 comments on FSD’s waste permit application received sent within the 30 day comment period to Metro Vancouver.

3414 comments have been processed by April 15, 2015.

DateFirst NameLast NameOrganizationCitySubjectMy comment on the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal
4/14/2015BarbaraFeraDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksWe're all responsible to maintain our place of living at a balanced, and highly sustainable standards, respect the resources, and improve with time to show the world the true values to our lives, are beyond monetary worth...This coal expansion proposal is a blinding offer to bring no important benefits with unknown consequences, cloud our vision, and to set us on the road to regression...

Please decide wisely,

Barbara
4/14/2015maureenolofsonDogwood InitiativeBURNABYtoxic liquid wasteI'm appealing to Metro Vancouver to not proceed with the shipping of toxic sprayed US thermal coal through our port as there's no guarantee that our wastewater treatment plant can filter out the pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.
4/14/2015LedaCedarDogwood InitiativeLumbyNo More Coal, especially U.S. coalCanadians need to stop polluting the earth, water and air, as do the rest of the world. While Hitlarper ignores the climate change crises we are living in, I am paying attention and demand he wake up and begin following what we citizens want. This concept is in no way thoughtful to prevent further and serious pollution.
4/14/2015dKennedyDogwood InitiativeTorontono permitU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
4/14/2015EricBoucherDogwood InitiativeQueen CharlotteTo Whom It May Concern,All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust and those chemicals could too easily include environmental toxins and human carcinogens. Do we want this in our waters affecting our salmon and, ultimately, us? No way!
4/14/2015JohannahNewmarchDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny a liquid waste permit to Fraser Surrey Docks.-U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals.

They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water bac
4/13/2015MeredithkerriganDogwood InitiativeKing CityLiquid Waste PermitPlease deny this permit until safety levels are completely examined, known and published that NO harm will be done.
4/13/2015AdelonParenDogwood InitiativeVictoriaOil Spill in English BayHow does this JUST HAPPEN? There is no excuse --
what are you and yours not doing correctly? And you take money for what you do/don't do? Do the right thing or step down from your position -- no excuses.
4/13/2015ValTilleyDogwood InitiativeClarksburgSewage ControlThe best way to control sewage is to stop it - let's start backing clean sources of energy instead of finding ways to help dirty fuels contaminate our precious natural resources.
4/12/2015TedSniderDogwood InitiativeVictoriaKeep Coal Dust out of waste waterWe don't need to import materials that further contribute to polluting our waters. There is already too many commercial ships in our coastal waters.
As we saw last week, these ships don't need to be oil tankers in order to destroy our pristine coast. Any ship that has a problem can leak its substantial on board supply of diesel oil into our waters.
4/11/2015NancySauveDogwood InitiativeWest Vancouverdeny a liquid waste permitits full of toxic metals
How can you guarantee the safety of this.
the sprayed chemicals to keep dust down how environmental is this.
why don't we look after us instead of the usa.
4/11/2015ErichBurtonDogwood InitiativeSherbrookeNo to CoalPlease Deny the Liquid Waste Permit for the Fraser Surrey Docks !

Move towards decentralized renewable energy projects with greater efficiency, recycling of products and less waste !
Aim for Zero Waste !
4/11/2015KyleDavidsonDogwood InitiativeAbbotsfordEnvironmental consequences of surfactant and coalDo not allow greed to motivate the decision process which will have detrimental effects.
Cleaner energy alternatives are becoming better and more affordable everyday, do not support destructive old paradigms for those that lack imagination and principals.
Nearly everything good we enjoy today was once only in the realm of science fiction.
4/11/2015DanaMacdonaldDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease deny the liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksPlease do not allow the permit to pass that would allow for U.S. coal companies to travel through BC to Asian markets.

The risk to the health and environment is too great for the residents of the lower mainland with coal containing toxic heavy metals and the chemicals from the sprays used to keep the coal down are carcinogenic and unsafe to have anywhere near the lower mainland.

Please consider the inhabitants and don't subject us to an unhealthy environment.
4/11/2015PatriciaMcEwanDogwood InitiativeBurnabyLiquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksWe will not only get no benefit from the project, in fact we will get nothing but possibly toxic side effects which could be very unhealthy for us all. How can we even entertain such a ridiculous project ? As usual things like this are often done behind the public's back! I am absolutely against the project !'
4/11/2015JonBennettDogwood InitiativePort MoodyStop polluting please!!Stop polluting!!!
4/11/2015RonJonesDogwood InitiativeDeltaPermitPlease don't provide a permit without a thorough impact study that will assure safety for the public.
4/10/2015PatriciaVavrickDogwood InitiativeBlainePermit for Liquid Waste at Fraser Surrey DocksI strongly oppose a permit for allowing liquid waste at the Fraser Surrey Docks. I live in Birch Bay, Wash. on the water and very close to the border. I believe that this disposal would be very harmful to the environment (water, land, and air), not only in Canada, but also in the U.S.,
4/10/2015Mary-KateCowanDogwood InitiativeCourtenayCoal WastewaterThe coal waste water would be full of toxic contaminants from the coal. These contaminants might not be removed by the public sewer system.
4/10/2015LewisjohnstonDogwood InitiativeMaple RidgeNo to liquid waste permit for Surrey docksPlease don't let an American company pollute our rivers with product that isn't even destined for Canada.
4/10/2015LydiaDickinsonDogwood InitiativeLangleyDeny A Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksU.S. Thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals that would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, this is bad for human health and the environment and is not acceptable. The chemical spray on coal piles to reduce dust is also an environmental hazard and should not be allowed. We should consider the long term economic costs of such hazards and not allow this permit.
4/10/2015LoriKindDogwood InitiativeVictoriaNo to coalI believe that unless companies are totally open about the contents of the materials they are shipping (surfactants) they should not be allowed into our country. I believe that shipping coal through our water ways is a bad idea. Coal, which is full of heavy metals, will find its way into our rivers and result in the bioaccumulation of materials that are detrimental to fish and foul. Some of this material will work its way up the food chain, to a variety of mamals, including humans. I believe that the health of Canada's water ways, its inhabitants and ourselves, is more important than profit.
4/10/2015GiulianaArcidiaconoDogwood InitiativeMontrealSTOP POLLUTIONI say is time to STOP pollution everywhere!
All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
best regards
4/10/2015celiakingDogwood InitiativevancouverAmericans declined this productI have not heard a single case to suggest that this risk to my local provincial environment will supply an economic good.
4/10/2015CharlesRobichaudDogwood InitiativeBowen IslandCoal Waste WaterIt is evident from the composition of the coal itself, along with applied surfactants, that the waste water generated from handling this coal is not suitable to be disposed of through our sewage treatment system.

I urge you to decline a permit to Fraser Surrey Docks to flush their waste into our system.
4/10/2015MaricelaZepedaDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo to U.S. coalDear Mr. McGillivray:

I am writing this message to ask that you please consider the things that are most important for not just all British Columbians, but for all human beings. We are not responsible for the States' waste disposal! And it is not a mutually beneficial relationship…what's in it for us? This is not a good idea; to allow this coal port would be to jeopardize our health, safety and environment.

I hope that you consider the people before the politics; I hope you decide on this matter in a responsible manner.

Thank you for your time in reading this.
4/10/2015Donna DayPeerlessDogwood InitiativeVancuverstop itplease, do not allow this to happen.
4/10/2015LoriKeenanDogwood InitiativeVancouverWastewater PermitDear Mr. McGillivray,

Please deny Fraser Surrey Docks the permit which would permit them to spew dirty wastewater into the public sewer system. U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals which are harmful to public health, fish, and the environment.

Please don't allow this kind of danger to the health of Canadians to happen

Sincerely,
Lori & Richard Keenan
4/10/2015travisgeorgeDogwood Initiativebella coolano coalSalmon stocks are at an all time low. Oceans are acidifying, more than ever we need to be stopping effluent waste into precious water.
4/10/2015AnneStuartDogwood InitiativeSecheltNo to coal shipping through Surrey DocksThere is no guarantee that the waste water will be free of environmental toxins and pollutants. These could damage our health for generations and the health of our marine life.
The possibility of air pollution has not been eradicated, either.
You cannot shut the stable door after the horse is out.
4/10/2015RyanWoodsDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey Docks permitDear Mr. McGillvray,

I wanted to write you about concerns I have in reading the Vancouver Sun article from March 23, 2015 about Fraser Surrey Docks seeking a permit to release run-off water from their proposed facility into the Metro Sewage control system.

I have read several human health impact assessments online but I remain concerned that there isn't a lot of information posted about the impact of these discharges on aquatic life in the region. It seems the current proposal acknowledges that the waster water will contain low levels of potentially harmful metals and chemicals but that they would be at low levels "acceptable" to the Metro. It is really the sum of these various discharges over a growing number of projects in the region that is concerning. I remain unconvinced that the health effects have been rigorously evaluated. A statement was released from the lead Medical Health Officer for Fraser Health that their teams have not been adequately consulted to date about this. I work with a number of MHO's in the province and I value their input; they have a mandate for public health in our province and thus I think they should be regarded as a key group to comment on and discuss concerns with the proposal.

On a personal note it is disappointing to see this kind of proposal to dump into our sewers things we know really don't belong there. My son's kindergarten class wandered around our neighborhood painting pictures of salmon next to sewer drains to remind our neighbors to consider what we dump down the drains and think of the downstream impact of our actions. At the time they were all very proud to be making a difference and learning about the importance of clean water for our fish. It was crushing for me to consider his class' 5-year old activism against a proposal like this; I can't imagine how shattering this would be for his class to learn about. Is there any point to their hard work in the face of these sort of proposals?
4/10/2015JeffSommersDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease don't allow wastewater from dirty coal into our sewer systemWe should not be putting waste water from thermal coal into our sewer system until it is proven that it is safe. The proponents of this proposal have not yet done that. Until they can show that spraying chemical surfactants onto coal to reduce dust is either neutral or beneficial to the waste water system, this should not be allowed.

Coal generally, and thermal coal in particular, is one of the major global pollutants and contributors to global warming. Burning of coal generates mercury emissions that are seriously damaging. Of course, this will not be an issue here in Metro Vancouver, only in the places where the coal we allow through our port is being used. But it still contributes to climate change.
4/10/2015jeanrobertsonDogwood Initiativesalmon armliquid waste permitEnough toxic products already in the water.
4/10/2015BarryPosnerDogwood InitiativeMontrealliquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docksthis is a very bad idea for the Vancouver area which is a Canadian treasure
4/10/2015SteveCoffinDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverNo coal waste in our sewerPlease say no to allowing dirty waste water from the proposed coal port into our public sewer system.

U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. This is dangerous. Toxic heavy metals would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making. Please make the right decision and say no to a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
4/10/2015AlisonTaylorDogwood InitiativeHalfmoon BayNo Coal Wastewater in our Waters!Please reject the request from Fraser Surrey Docs to release wastewater from their proposed coal port into the public sewer system. The quality of our water is too important and valuable, and our taxes should not have to go towards removing this effluent from the water (if that is even possible).
4/10/2015JolandaLamDogwood InitiativeSookePlease deny Liquid Waste PermitStop polluting our water
4/10/2015LoriShoafDogwood InitiativeWest KelownaDeny Waste PermitWe have enough of our Canadian waste products to deal with. The States should find their own disposal laneway.
4/10/2015CraigPetersonDogwood InitiativeRoberts Creektoxic cooal exportI object to coal being shipped to the Surrey docks in British Columbia Canada on its way to Asia as this product is toxic and wasteful and depleting out resources. This focus on coal is outdated knowing what we know and it terrible effects on our earth and as a result on our health. This narrow kind of thinking ahs to stop.
4/10/2015EileenWttewaallDogwood InitiativeSalt Spring IslandCoal's dirty wastewater1. danger to human health
2. danger to the health of all parts of the Lower Mainland environment
3. why is the U.S. not shipping its own coal??
4/10/2015StephanieRatzlaffDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo to A Liquid Waster PermitPlease do not allow a liquid waste permit to be issued for Fraser Surrey Docks. I am a kayaker and I am very concerned about the contamination to our water and environment. It is simply not worth the risk to human health, and our ecosystems. Thank you for protecting our health and environment.
4/10/2015MichaelMartinsDogwood InitiativeBurnabydeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksHeavy metals in US thermal coal would alter (even after filters) life in Fraser river. We don't need a new/imported carcinogens in our BC waters. We have to do our best to keep BC ecologically clean!
4/10/2015JudyStottDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverDeny Liquid Waste PermitI oppose the proposal of Fraser Surrey Docks to ship coal and spew wastewater from the proposed coal port into our sewer system. I understand this coal to be full of toxic metals; that added toxins are sprayed on the coal to manage its transportation and that there is no guarantee this proposal is 100% safe for our sewer system and for our water.
4/10/2015CaraWoloschukDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease Deny the Liquid Waste PermitThis permit will contribute to the destruction of our environment that is already in a fragile state. There are too many unknowns to grant permission. More information and safety measures are needed.
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4/10/2015LynneTeneyckeDogwood InitiativePincher CreekCoal port wastewater- Thermal coal contains many toxic heavy metals
- Public sewer systems are not built to handle coal company waste waters
- In time it is almost inevitable that toxic material will end up threatening human health and the environment
- Coal is not the en
4/10/2015JohnMainlandDogwood InitiativeVancouverWake up idiotsIn
IEA of oil spills in English Bay and Christie Clarke's dismal enviro record.....dump these chumps....keep BC clean.....
4/10/2015JeanWilkinsonDogwood InitiativeSalt Spring IslandJust say no!Our health and natural environment are too precious to risk. Keep coal shipments out of BC, just as they are prohibited in the US.
4/10/2015AliceBrownDogwood InitiativeBirch Bay, WAFraser-Surrey Coal terminalDear Mr. McGillivray:

For 70 years I have visited Vancouver, the Gulf Islands, Powell River and Texada Island, I am very aware of the environmental changes and damage that has been done to the waters of Georgia Strait and Fraser River delta. Both Canada and the US spend huge amounts to restore and protect salmon, encourage tourism and then waste the effort and money on further damage to the environment. To dump coal wastewater in the sewer systems and waterways connected to the terminal is deliberate folly if not criminal.

The coal train destined for the Fraser-Surrey terminal is the first of 19 daily trains destined for this area targeted as a coal shipment hub. The people who live between Cherry Point, Tswwaassen and Fraser-Surrey have the right to stop this effort. We must preserve and improve our air and water. It seems odd that as China is turning from coal power our ports are embracing the devastation it brings.

Sincerely,
Alice Brown
4793 N Golf Course Drive
Birch Bay, Washington 98230
4/10/2015AvaHicksonDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny the permitU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
4/10/2015DorothyRandallDogwood InitiativeSurreyLiquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThe polluting effect of this waste is unacceptable. I would impinge on the quality of the river through it flows and the destination of the ocean.

Do we know whether the infrastructure could even handle it?

Surely this cannot be allowed.
4/10/2015RobertaRobinsonDogwood InitiativeParksvilleDenial of Liquid Waste Permit - Fraser Surrey DocksIt is atrocious and disgraceful to bring potentially polluted substances from the U.S. in the form of toxic coal wastes to end up in the Fraser River. Deadly for our fish. Don't do it!
4/10/2015MelissaJefferyDogwood InitiativeSookePlease deny the liquid waste permitPlease deny this permit, at least until the safety and environmental impact of the coal transport can be proven to be zero.
The health of the Fraser River, it's inhabitants, and everyone on the West Coast depend on this project being denied. Thank you.
4/10/2015LillianKellyDogwood InitiativeSurreycoal wasteSimply the chemicals used in the treatment of the coal that will end up in the waste water and end up in the Fraser River are not acceptable.
4/10/2015BettyZaikowDogwood InitiativePowell RiverToxic WastewaterMr McGillivray,
Thermal coal is full of mercury and other toxic heavy metals.What will this do to the wastewater system? Can you assure me that all toxic properties washed from thermal coal do not end up in the Fraser River? This River is so very important, supporting the massive sockeye and fish runs and we can not take any chance with adding toxic chemicals and surfactants. Please do not approve this permit. I trust you will make the right decision for public health, fish and the environment.
Thank you.
4/10/2015AnnThomsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo Waste Water permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray:

The coal transported from the U.S. to Fraser Surrey docks is sprayed with surfactants that are likely to be toxic to
local residents. I understand that we don't know what's in that spray. I urge you not to approve dumping the coal wastewater into the public sewer system. Our environment is quite fragile, and marine life n the Fraser would suffer greatly from more toxic pollution.
Please don't approve a liquid waste permit for the Fraser Surrey docks.
4/10/2015JillianSkeetDogwood InitiativeVancouverU.S. Coal ShipmentsOur planet needs to be on life support and it is time to pull out all the stops and change course. Our planet needs to go on a low-carb diet and it will never happen as long as we continue to approve new developments or facilitate expansion of any fossil-fuel related activity.
4/10/2015AnnaKingDogwood InitiativeVancouverAgainst shipping coal from our portThermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. I'm not convinced the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all the pollution. Coal wastewater threatens our health and environment.

There is a good reason why so many US States won't ship coal from their docks. Because it's not safe for local communities and contributes to a horrible global problem.
4/10/2015DaveRyderDogwood InitiativeRichmondliquid waste permitPlease do not issue this permit without adequately reviewing the impacy of the substances involved. As someone who sails in these waters I have already noticed damage to our waters and shores over the years, most recently the bunker oil spill in English Bay. Enough thinking only of business, please consider the health of our environment, which is in turn the health of our children.
4/10/2015TheaBridger DenzDogwood InitiativeDeltaDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks- coal is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons
- the contents of the mixture of chemical surfactants used to reduce dust during transportation has not been revealed to the public
- there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River
4/10/2015KateHutchinsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo permit for Fraser Surrey DocksI am writing to request that you put public and environmental health before $. The proposal to allow waste water from US coal shipments to be dumped in our sewers is adding a highly damaging, toxic, and lasting poisonous legacy for people, aquatic life, and the environment. We are dealing with enough heavy metals and chemicals in our environment and waters as it is. I work with peow every day who have health issues, at least in part, aggravated by environmental toxins. We are already making ourselves sick, no need to give the US a financial opportunity to make us even sicker. Please deny the application to ship US coal through the Surrey Dock!
4/10/2015ClaireAndersonDogwood InitiativeBurnabyFraser Surrey Docks PermitFor heavens sake we are in the middle of an oil slick in English Bay, do we need more toxins in our water?

Step away from greed and protect our world please! Coal and fuel are not safe and I don't want anything more put in my ocean!

PLEASE STOP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.
4/10/2015EvaRyderDogwood InitiativeRichmondPermit denialOur waters are already polluted enough! We need to protect them for future generations, and the way to do that is not to dump unknown chemicals in the water.
4/10/2015KatarynaKrolDogwood InitiativeBurnabyKeep the waste outThere are alternative sources of energy that are renewable and intentionally kept from being used, because profit is most important to those unaffected by the dangers of tankers and poor environments.
Those who love their land and understand the realities of renewable energy do not support coal, oil, or any other source of energy that allows for the possibility of harmful waste affecting our surroundings and way of living.
A liquid waste permit would not only be irresponsible, it would be shameful, because it is disrespectful to the rights of any living organism in the area.
4/10/2015BrianCorkumDogwood InitiativeBurnabyOur water should not be toxicWe only have one planet. Take the billions of dollars invested into oil and explore other energy alternatives. Our environment does not become toxic when you have wind, solar or tidal energy.
4/10/2015MargaretNashDogwood InitiativeDeltaMetro Vancouver to deny the wastewater permitVancouver is densely populated. Stanley Park, Jericho Beach etc our highly prized recreational back yard, esssential to mental health cooped up in tiny apartments. Under no circumstances put at risk. Keep our environment clean and healthy. Alaska & Florida still suffering from Corp irresponsible environment damage. Such encroachment not to be allowed period..
4/10/2015alexanderabahmedDogwood Initiativedeltadeny liquid waste permit for fraser surrey docksIf we don't know what's in the chemicals in the wastewater, we shouldn't dump it into our sewer system because of potential risks to human health and safety. Please deny the permit.
4/10/2015DamianKuehnDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease deny liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksHell and thank you for taking the time to read this message.

As a Vancouver home owner and 40+year resident of BC, I'm extremely concerned at the prospect of unknown and potentially dangerous / damaging materials being dumped into the Fraser River. Please do not approve this permit without 100% certainty that the contents of the effluent pose no danger to humans, wildlife or the ecosystem.
4/10/2015AidanWrightDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterFraser Surrey DocksBiologically, this plant will have detrimental effects on those living nearby it, please reconsider situating it in the center of an urban environment.
4/10/2015KenCooperDogwood InitiativeWest KelownaLiquid Waste - Fraser Surrey DocksI have concerns about the potential pollutants that could enter the Fraser River if this permit is granted. The coal itself could very likely leach heavy metals, and the surfactants sprayed on the coal could prove to be toxic.
4/10/2015DanielOrtizDogwood InitiativeVancouverSurrey docksAs a university student studying environment and sustainability, I believe this to be a very bad idea.

We must think about long term benefits instead of short term gains. You have the power and jurisdiction to keep the Vancouver legacy alive; one that I believe to be of preserving pristine values of nature.

Do not lose sight of what is important, for the future is in your hands, and you, allege the ability to do great things for others.

I think this is a bad idea because, 1) US thermal coal is full of heavy metals,and 2) all along the export routes, companies spill chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust.

Lets protect one of the most important human life lines, water.

Martin Luther King jr once said, "our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"

Let your guidance and voice be heard
4/10/2015lisadewarDogwood InitiativeGanges SSIPLEASE SAY NO TO THE US COAL COMING THROUGH BCSay No to letting Coal come through BC It will cause a contamination of disease which will not show initially but will build up slowly and enter into our public water supply eventually and cause sever damage to our citizens.
4/10/2015ErinRyderDogwood InitiativeRichmondToxic CoalI don't understand why you would allow toxic wastewater to flow into our public sewer system. Does your research show that toxic coal wastewater would be absolutely safe?
4/10/2015ElizabethWattsDogwood InitiativeLynbrookcoal shippingU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/10/2015MariaMatassaDogwood InitiativeWindsorDeny a Liquid Waste PermitWake up! This is our country to protect! You need to think about the future!
4/10/2015St.LeighDogwood InitiativeVictorialiquid wasteAt this time, we no longer have a choice. It is environment before business ~ no matter the cost. For the sake of the world, and all the lifeforms upon this earth, environment must be number one.
4/10/2015ArielAndersonDogwood InitiativeVancouverNO LIQUID WASTE!This is not acceptable to allow a liquid waste permit of this nature to go through. It has far too many environmental repercussions which we cannot afford in the long run!
4/10/2015SallyGarcelonDogwood InitiativeMetchosinNo CoalI don't care how desperate the U.S. coal companies may be. There is no earthly (!) benefit or water benefit for such a step. Please realize that we can live without many things but NOT without water, uncontaminated. Thank you for paying attention to this letter and hopefully for your decision NOT to agree to a decision harmful to human health and safety and the environment.
4/10/2015BrianTwohigDogwood InitiativeVictoriacoal exportThe big corporations will make the big bucks and the citizens of BC will pay with their health, well being, and medical costs.

This must not be allowed to proceed.
4/10/2015JoanJacksonDogwood InitiativeNew DenverWe only have one life, one chanceContamination of the river, with the real chance of killing all live fish and animals that are in contact with the water, getting into the food chain, and eventually killing birds and mammals.
Once the river is contaminated, how would it be cleaned up? Who and how would pay for it to be cleaned up, and what are all the consequences
There is now an oil slick disaster in a vancouver English Bay, is not that enough evidence to stop more possible disasters.
4/10/2015TrinaRickettsDogwood InitiativeSurreyUse some common sensePlease think of our earth, our future, and our children. The day to begin sustainable decision-making and stop focusing on the money was yesterday. Your actions show the colour of your heart. Is it black? Or is it the colours of the earth? Please choose the earth.
4/10/2015JustinTilsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo to Coal ExpansionI think Vancouver is having enough trouble with its water. The Feds have demonstrated their ineptitude at managing timely responses to spills by dismantling response team infrastructure and tools.

The time to move on from fossil fuel economy is some time ago. The last thing our climate needs is more coal to be burned. We as a civilization should not be investing in any new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Let's move on.

thank-you
4/10/2015SusanWatkinsDogwood InitiativeSurreyDeny F.D. liquid waste permit. We will pay the cost of clean up when Trace metals and unknown chemicals flow into waste-water and storm water at Fraser Surrey Docks and be flushed into our sewer system. With no guarantee the waste-water treatment plant can filter out all these pollutants before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. These toxins could threaten public health, fish and the environment. Deny this permit.
4/10/2015MaryStockdaleDogwood InitiativeVernonplease no permit!1. U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals

They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

2. All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust

Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

3. Too many questions

Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/10/2015RichardSmileyDogwood InitiativeAnglemontliquid waste permit for Surrey docksHow many times do we have to fall for this? When did we ever see American ports turn down business? The only conclusion is that this is bad for us. our port, and our rivers.
4/10/2015JaniceHarrisDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser DocksI object to granting a Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks that would allow coal dust and coal particulate to be flushed into Metro Vancouver's sewer system. I opposed the expansion of the coal facility because of just such risks to our aquatic environment (as well as raising the issue of air-born coal dust contaminating vital feeding habitat for migrating water fowl in an earlier submission).
I hope you accept this input despite it being late a day.
Sincerely,
4/10/2015JanineBecknerDogwood InitiativeVictoriano coal wastwaterOur environment is all we have. There is no reason in the world to put it at risk. Burning coal in China plus the chemical waste water are 2 reasons not to go ahead with this project.
4/10/2015StathisMarghelisDogwood InitiativeBurnabyThermal Coal is Dangerous!We don't burn coal, why should we expose ourselves to the possible long term consequences of its byproducts. BC uses hydro electricity, and promotes the image of naturalism. Our ideals do not align with this proposal.
4/10/2015KatannyaDirksonDogwood InitiativeVancouverWhy is this project a bad idea?Well - toxins? How about toxins? Yes, they are bad.
4/9/2015BarbaraKuhlDogwood InitiativePrince RupertPrevent coal contam of Fraser R1. The chemicals in the surfactant sprayed on coal in transit is proprietary and hence an unknown factor.
2. The health of the Fraser River is a key priority in thinking ahead for the future of our local environment.
3. The migrating salmon who come into the river depend on smell sensors to travel to their point of origin to spawn. The smell of coal and its associated chemicals are sure to interfere with this natural process.
4/9/2015Daniel H.PhelpsDogwood InitiativeVancouver, BCPossible Coal Waste WaterMetro Vancouver should deny a liquid waste permit for the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks coal port. Dumping such waste water would be extremely damaging to both human health and to the larger environment and the Straits of Georgia are much too important to be allowed to be contaminated in such a way.
4/9/2015ChristineHansenDogwood InitiativeBellingham, WADeny FSD Waste Discharge Permit ApplicationThis message is being sent from Bellingham, Washington, USA, to strongly advise that the Fraser Surrey Docks' liquid waste permit be denied. If approved, this permit would adversely affect our health, our safety and our environment.

1) Thermal coal from the U.S. is full of toxic heavy metals. Not only would these get flushed into our wastewater system, the very nature of these toxic heavy metals would result in the erosion of piping. FSD cannot guarantee the filtering out of all that sludge by the wastewater treatment plant before that water gets dumped back into the Fraser River.
2) Studying the option of going through onsite storm water drainage systems, FSD's consideration of coal particles collecting in settling ponds (many of such ponds can be quite large) has not occurred. It appears that heavy rainstorms causing such settling ponds to overflow has not been taken into consideration as well. Again, this could have an adverse effect on the environment and public health.
3) British Columbia and the State of Washington have quite a few shared waterways, many of which are major routes for salmon and other fish. To even think about chemicals such as lead, cadmium and mercury (just to name a few) getting into these waterways is abhorrent. It would kill the baby salmon and potentially wipe out various kinds of fish.
4) Our state required a complete investigation into the two proposed coal export terminals (Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, WA and Gateway Pacific Terminal in Whatcom County, WA), and potential impacts had to be identified. There are so many holes in the review process for the FSD-Texada Island coal transshipment project in B.C. Here are just a few: No public scoping process; little or no public consultation; little or no assessment of transportation effects (including rail and marine vessel routes from mine sites to markets in Asia); NO Health Impact Assessment -- only piecemeal health data; no analysis of greenhouse gas emissions, starting with the project site and construction, transportation and the end-use burning of exported coal.
5) As if all of that isn't enough, there were huge gaps in the analysis of all environmental impacts (land, air, water, habitat, cultural resources, Aboriginal rights, noise, plus many more). The project review should clearly include a comprehensive set of the above listed impacts.
6) In the two Washington State investigations/assessments (Longview and Whatcom County), direct, indirect and cumulative effects throughout the state were studied. For the FSD-Texada Island project, there has been no cumulative review. Rather, the scope was reduced to "project fence lines."
Fraser Surrey Docks needs to PROVE that the coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system -- and that the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River. So far, FSD has not done that. There are too many risks here -- to both British Columbia and Washington State -- to approve this permit for what may end up being a mere 25 or so direct jobs.

Is that worth killing our environment for (and perhaps our planet)? "You can't take it with you."
4/9/2015Janet V.PhelpsDogwood InitiativeVancouver, BCDeny a permit for waste water from proposed coal portMetro Vancouver should deny a liquid waste permit for the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks coal port. Dumping such waste water would be extremely damaging to the larger environment and the Straits of Georgia are much too important to be allowed to be contaminated in such a way. I also feel that this waste water would be highly contaminated with toxic heavy metals and thus would be highly damaging to both humans and to the environment
4/9/2015VickiPauzeDogwood InitiativeSurreyKeep coal out of BC PERIOD- US coal has been refused by west coast US ports for export so why are we allowing this dirty product come through our communities ?
- financial benefits of the coal are not community based but instead benefit US companies
- Even China is weaning itsel
4/9/2015PaulaRotondiDogwood InitiativeBlaineFraser Surrey DocksI think this project, if built, is a one that would bring deep regret. Canada is better than this. I urge you to reject this project for the following reasons:
1. The project would bring two additional coal trains (1 loaded and 1 unloaded) per day across the border and through the area causing road blockages for other business vehicles, private vehicles and emergency vehicles. In Blaine, WA the rail crossing at Peace Portal -Bell Rd can be blocked for 15 minutes while a train is x-rayed at the border and then it can take 45 minutes for the backed-up vehicles to work their way through the four way stop. In an emergency, would you want your loved one to wait 10....15.....45 minutes when just a few minutes can make the difference between life and death?
2. The waste water discharge to the sewer system treatment plant threatens the treatment facilities and processes. There has not been adequate study and it has not been established that the present system could handle the coal particulates - some as small as 2.5 microns - nor the range of toxic materials present in Powder River Basin Coal. The sewage treatment system that Vancouver depends upon to protect the Fraser River and Salish Sea should not be put at risk for a coal export facility that would provide only 25 jobs.
3. The loading and unloading of coal from train-to-barge-to-ship would release significant amounts of coal dust into the air and water that would not be captured for treatment at the sewage treatment facility.
4. Capesize and Panamax bulk coal cargo ships that woul dtransport the coal to Asia have the worst safety record of all ships. These ships increase the risk of all ships - oil and other cargo ships - being involved in accidents in our local waters.
I urge you to please reject this project.
4/9/2015CalvinChayltDogwood InitiativeBurnabyCoalPlease do not allow coal run off into our sewers.

-U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals

-All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust

There are just too many questions to ask & not enough answers. Please rethink & realize the reality. No amount of fiscal compensation is enough to jeapordize our natural capital.

Best regards
4/9/2015WarrenMcKayDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverFraser Surrey Docks Waste PermitSir:
A decision to allow this permit would go against the imperatives and principles of sustainable development adopted by Metro Vancouver in the Sustainability Framework.
I would like to draw your attention to two areas: the overarching imperatives, particularly,"Have regard for both local and global consequences and long term impacts."; and the strategic objective to be "zero-waste".

Based on Metro Vancouver's own sustainability framework, I urge you to use caution and not allow the permit.

Sincerely,
Warren McKay
4/9/2015sharhunterDogwood Initiativecoquitlamnonot good for our water, and its getting to the point were we are running out of water
4/9/2015MarkBrunkeDogwood InitiativeBurnabyImpact of coal on our sewage treatmentThere is a risk of toxic heavy metals entering the Fraser River if coal waste is allowed to enter our sewage treatment system. Our salmon supply, and the health of the river, is a higher priority than shipping thermal coal.
4/9/2015govinpermanandDogwood InitiativeKelownacoal shipping proposalplease, can this really be a good deal for anyone in the long run. not another example of short-term profits for the few, at the expense of long-term health and environmental benefits for the many...
4/9/2015ClareKuehnDogwood InitiativeTorontoCome on!The way that this would give a free ride. Make sure you look after all interests and that includes people ("the public")!
4/9/2015jenniebelliveauDogwood InitiativeBurnabyUS Coal CompaniesDon't know where to begin with how this is not acceptable. Have we not enough evidence of what and how the US takes care of "There" enviroment.
4/9/2015RajeevSudhakarDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease keep our environment cleanSir,
The ecosystem, and the pristine natural beauty that we are endowed with is a gift, a most fortunate one. Several people (including myself) have made this place my home, over other places including the US, because of the natural beauty and Canada's upstanding reputation in protecting it. Capitalistic companies that want to increase their bottom line, including coal companies, don't care about our ecology, and our environment.
They would happily jump ship elsewhere given a better deal, or once we detect our salmon dying, just like the pipelines. And no amount of money will rectify pollution in short measure. This is a risk that we don't need to take. Our premier tells us that we plan to add 1 million people to BC in the coming decades. It is imperative upon us to plan more carefully to protect our rivers, and salmon from exploitation. Once large scale dumps of unknown chemicals enter the water system, there will be a domino effect on health downriver and it is the BC medical system that will pick up the bill and ultimately the tax payers.

It is time to place the welfare of stake holders, the province, the city and users of Fraser river, and future generations over short-term monetary gain of a few people. Money can't buy clean air and water - ask Beijing.
4/9/2015SharonKurtzDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterKeep US Coal away from the Fraser City DocksWe need to keep the Fraser dust free
4/9/2015JaneHamiltonDogwood InitiativeVancouverWaste PermitMetro Vancouver knows better. Metro Vancouver residents, at least, are concerned about the environment and long-term safety.
4/9/2015BarbaraWatsonDogwood InitiativeSidneyBetter choices neededWe cannot continue to use our oceans as a dumping ground for industry. Our current government is only interested in short term jobs to make their records appear to have created progress. The cost to our future is unaffordable, and those who don't live here do not understand or care about the risks and consequences involved. We must take it upon ourselves to say NO. Jobs are important, but not nearly as important as the health of the ocean life. I urge you to be forward thinking and not bow to the pressures of the dollar. When every last fish has died and the ocean can no longer support life, we will find that we can't eat money.
4/9/2015SarahWalshawDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Sir,

I am concerned about the proposal to permit US coal shipments implicating the use of Metro Vancouver's public sewage system. I think our wastewater system may be compromised by coal waste. Wastewater systems and budgets were originally designed to meet local household and commercial needs, and not the heavy metals potentially leached from thermal coal.

Thanks for listening.
4/9/2015BrendenMacDonaldDogwood InitiativeVancouverour water is sacred and waste shouldn't ariseBad idea. It's toxic, doubtlessly. Do not proceed with letting USA fossil fuel waste liquid poison into our water. Encourage them to continue not to want to pour it off Oregon or Washington's coasts. Not in the backyard Fraser River, eitherm
4/9/2015MeredithkerriganDogwood InitiativeKing CityLiquid Waste PermitPlease deny this permit until safety levels are completely examined, known and published that NO harm will be done.
4/9/2015RobertPatteeDogwood InitiativeSurreyPlease deny waste water permitPLEASE deny the Liquid Waste Water Treatment Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks. I'm sure I'm not telling you anything you don't already know given what I've read about you and your reputation for upholding high regulatory standards within Metro Vancouver's sewage system. Clearly there are too many variables and the risk is unjustifiable. The Fraser River functions as the heart of major ecosystem throughout the province. A concern amonst leading environmental scientists throughout the world pertains to the unknown long term effects of micro poisoning and the potential cumulatve effect of trace toxins from pesticides, radioacactive isotopes from fukishima, even Bromine in our drinking water.. all of these things add. I beg you to consider the impact of your decission on the bigger picture.. the 20-40 year impact on even trace ammounts of toxic heavy metals seaping into the Fraser River (which we have fought so hard to protect and clean over the last 20 years following ludacris and archaic policies that were believed "safe at the time")
4/9/2015RobertaConnautonDogwood InitiativeBrooksSharel my sewer with coal wasteConcern for impact of wastewater to human health and the environment.
4/9/2015DanielWilliamsonDogwood InitiativeMissioncoal wasteU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals

Companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust

Approving this would be ill advised and irresponsible.
4/9/2015JeannetteLeducDogwood InitiativeVernonPlease deny the Liquid Waste Permit...Fraser Surrey Docks until ALL the facts are known of what chemicals are used in reducing dust on coal shipments. Can all these chemicals be removed from the waste water before the water is returned to the Fraser River so these chemicals pose no harm to the salmon and wildlife, the environment and those who use the the Fraser River for recreational purpose?

Please deny the permit until Fraser Surrey Docks has provided all the required facts and information so Metro Vancouver Sewage Control can determine definitely that these as yet unknown chemicals can be completely removed from the waste water.
4/9/2015PaulPrescodDogwood InitiativeVancouverVancouverites care about our environmentCoal waste is bad for our local environment and coal burning is bad for the global environment.
4/9/2015MichaelFriedmanDogwood InitiativeMorrisburgDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.Not safe
Extreme hazzardous means of transportation
4/9/2015TovaGrindlayDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo coalI would like to see a lot more research on whether this is safe for the environment over the long term.
4/9/2015BarbaraBernhardtDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease deny permitCompanies must take responsibility for informing the public about toxic waste prevention. Stop this potential abuse before it goes through our ports and ruins our river, ocean, air AND apparently so unimportant LIVING (for now) animals, including the incredibly foolish homo sapiens?????? and plants of the Fraser Delta. Deny deny PLEASE
4/9/2015ReneAriensDogwood InitiativeHolsteinPleaseI sincerely hope that the concerns of the residents are reflected in your decision in this matter.
The risks outweigh all benefits to US coal exporters.
4/9/2015SamanthaQuinnDogwood InitiativeBellevilleLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksI am urging you to deny giving Fraser Surrey Docks a liquid waste permit. US thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals that will be flushed into the wastewater system if this permit is approved. The wastewater treatment plant may not be able to filter out all of this pollution before the water is discharged back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater would threaten human health, as well as fish and the environment.

Please stand up for the public health, and the environment. Please deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
4/9/2015ZakCrossDogwood InitiativeCourtenayDeny liquid waste permitThis sounds like a bad idea. As usual, not enough research is being done prior to approval. Look at the big picture not just the short term monotary gain.
4/9/2015JacquelineWaltersDogwood InitiativeVancouvernot permitTransporting and mining coal is one of the biggest hazards for global warming. It makes me ashamed to be Canadian.
4/9/2015JoopBurgerjonDogwood InitiativeHalfmoon BayCoal shipment through BCDear Mr. McGillivray,

This is to let you know why Fraser Surrey Docks should not get permission to discharge wastewater from their coal shipping proposal into the public sewer system.
U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust.Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
It would be a shame if Fraser Surrey Docks would get the necessary permissions to ship coal that no U.S. port wants to handle through BC waters, along the Sunshine Coast, where I live, to Texada Island and then to Asia.

Sincerely,

J.J. Burgerjon, P.Eng.
4/9/2015SusanneHodginsDogwood InitiativeLondonPlease do not allow these shipmentsClean water is at risk. Our health is at risk. Please think of the seven generations to come. Life is short.
4/9/2015JanetDwyerDogwood InitiativeSalt Spring Islanddirty ideatoo risky to important waterways in BC.
protecting our environment should be as important a priority as making money and it is very obviously not considered here.
4/9/2015AidanCarruthersDogwood InitiativeRichmondPlease do not issue a permit to Surrey docks to pump wastewater into our public sewer systemTo Whom it May Concern,

Please do not issue a permit to Surrey Docks to allow for wastewater from the proposed coal port to enter our public sewer system. The proper studies regarding the quality of this water and its potential damage on the environment and our health have not been completed.

While I do not know a lot about this specific issue I am seriously concerned about the paradoxical stance of the city and the region when it comes to promoting an image of sustainability and "green" development while at the same time allowing for potentially dangerous wastes and processes to continue. Furthermore, the coal that is both produced as well as transported through BC is almost exclusively exported out of the province. This means not only are we not part of the solution to current environmental issues we are also helping to create part of the problem.

This may be a microscopic part of this global problem, but each and every decision to reduce harmful processes on the environment and public health helps.
Lastly, the argument that if we don't export it someone else will is not an answer. If someone doesn't lead by example who will?

Thank you for your time and consideration.
4/9/2015GinnyCollingDogwood InitiativeSeagraveCoal waste waterIn an era when no one should be burning coal, and when we should be paying attention to what goes into the water system, this is a bad idea on many levels
4/9/2015DainagreenDogwood InitiativeTorontono wastewater permitLet us protect the few waterways we still have.
4/9/2015davidschroederDogwood InitiativeChathamfraser surrey dockscoal is the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet. when coal is mined the miners get black lung disease and this is usually fatal before a man is 60 years old. you don't want your kids and grandkids breathing coal dust or drinking waste water containing toxic chemicals. period!
4/9/2015HaroldAbraDogwood InitiativeSurreyCoal shipping proposalI am opposed to a permit being given U.S. coal companies to ship through the Surrey Fraser Docks. The toxic heavy metals the coal contains along with the chemicals sprayed on it is a threat to health and safety.
4/9/2015LouiseBroderickDogwood InitiativeRed DeerNo liquid waste permit!I say no to a liquid waste permit!
4/9/2015YvetteBotfieldDogwood InitiativeSurreycoal shipmentsThis project will hasten climate change by allowing more coal to be burned. We need to decrease our burning of fossil fuels and find cleaner ways to get energy
4/9/2015ChristianePDogwood InitiativeAnjouNo permit for Fraser Survey DocksDon't let american companies
thread our environment. Thanks
4/9/2015Cindy-LeeMannDogwood InitiativeSecheltliquid WasteWe have the opportunity to lead by example, set an example to our children and future generations, that we care about the health of our planet. Vancouver is one if the most beautiful cities in the world. Compromising the wellbeing of our air and waterways is irresponsible and dangerous. We have only one planet let's show the world we can not be controlled by greed and lead by example. We all must look at way to live in harmony with our mother Earth and atmosphere. l beg you to think outside of the box you have been lead to live in and think of the life that will be harmed by this CRAZY plan to poison our environment.

Love & Light
4/9/2015CatherineGautierDogwood InitiativeLachineLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksIts a bad idea to mess around with the natural order of things. Leave it alone.
4/9/2015DavidWalkerDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid coal dust wasteLiquid Waste containing coal dust should leave the US contaminating their own ports if at all! Definitely not our systems! Protect our environment please!
4/9/2015KyraRiceDogwood InitiativeOaklanddeny the wastewater permit Fraser Surrey Docks!Desperate U.S. companies want to ship their thermal coal through B.C. by rail and barge to be burned in Asian power plants, but the coal is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons.

The coal is sprayed with a mixture of chemical surfactants to reduce dust during transportation, but the public doesn’t actually know what’s in that mix.

And there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.

Proceeding without having the answers we deserve would simply continue this reckless hubris of energy companies and the government agencies that are supposed to prevent such things from even moving forward.
4/9/2015jasminemajorDogwood InitiativeblainvilleMETRO VANCOUVER DENYPLEASE STOP EVEYTHING YOU WANT TO DO CLOSE THE PERMIT PLEASE PLEASE
4/9/2015KristyKnowlanDogwood InitiativeComoxNO to a Liquid Waste PermitCome on, you're smart... do I really need to list reasons why this project is a bad idea...?! Day after day after day, we are giving up more and more of of our earth to things that destroy it. At this point, if we don't start saying NO!!... we better stop having children because there will be nothing left for them. Our government keeps allowing for more and more toxic crap to spew all over our land!! Not to mention that this project isn't even something that we are doing! You actually want to import waste to spew into our river!! *smack* your head, just as I do when I do or think something stupid, and then make the right decision!!
4/9/2015LesMooreDogwood InitiativeVancouverSewage permitUnless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system, and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.

Please do the RIGHT thing and deny the permit. Thanks!
4/9/2015ThereseHendersonDogwood InitiativePerthWastewater permit for Fraser Surrey DocksYou should not issue this permit without further study. U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic metals which the wastewater treatment plant may not be able to remove, threatening the health of the Fraser River.
There is also risk from the chemical surfactants that will be sprayed on the coal to reduce dust. What chemicals are in these sprays and what are the long-term health effects?
Please don't rush to issue the permit until all questions are answered.
4/9/2015RichardCartonDogwood InitiativeSecheltKeep Coal Dust Out of SewageThere is a great deal of evidence that Canadians (particularly British Columbians) feel that conserving our environment is a priority, While the economy is important so is protecting our land, air and water for our own health as well as many other species. Putting the toxins from dirty coal into our waterways via sewage is a very bad idea. Not enough research has been done on the potential effects and there has not been full disclosure from the proponent of the permit. In cases like this it is wise to adhere to the precautionary principle. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
4/9/2015PatriciaHodgesDogwood InitiativePickeringConcern for possible toxic waste waterIt appears that there is not sufficient testing done to ensure that the wastewater from Fraser Surrey Dock's proposed coal port will be free of Toxic heavy metals. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment. As a former resident of Vancouver I feel your residents deserve to be protected from potential toxic pollution from such an agreement. Please deny the permit until there is a guarantee that the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all the pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.
4/9/2015PattiDe LorenziDogwood InitiativeWindsorcoal shipping proposalDirty wastewater from the proposed coal port does not belong in the public sewer system.
4/9/2015HillPeppardDogwood InitiativeTorontoU.S. coal surfactants in our waterChemical surfactants on the coal as well as toxic heavy metals in the cola itself are a real concern. We do not want this to end up in the Frazer river.
Vancouver is my home town, so this is important to me.
4/9/2015EagleWalzDogwood InitiativePowell RiverCoal's Black Love CanalDear Sir,
I am not in favour of introducing into the Metro wastewater system chemical surfactants whose compositions have not been disclosed to the public. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment. For that reason I am not in favour of the shipping of coal to Texada Island using barges from which dust would escape and enter what is still a fairly pristine environment. The proposed transfer site on Texada is directly adjacent to some of the best fishing in the Salish Sea (Strait of Georgia) at Coho Point. This is a bad idea that will not benefit our society, nor our environment. Let's keep the Salish Sea in a condition that will allow the orcas and the food chain below them to continue to exist here. Let's keep the coal in the United States. We should not offer to allow polluters from that country to turn our pristine Salish Sea into their black Love Canal.
4/9/2015ElaineAndrewsDogwood InitiativeWest VancouverKeep toxic waste out of the FraserUs coal companies want to send their toxic products through BC en-route to the Asian markets through Fraser Surrey Docks. Wondering how this can possibly be a good idea for British Columbians and our environment? Please shut this proposal down. This is a threat to us and our environment.
4/9/2015CaroleFortinDogwood InitiativeGatineauLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksAs Canadians, we value our environment and our wildlife about all else. We want our Governments to listen to us and start acting in our interest and our future and we are not talking about Economy. We are talking about our legacy to our kids and grand-kids. We have enough environment problems in Canada without adding to it by taking on another country's problems. Coal is a dirty environment waste. We do not need to encourage it. We need to encourage clean energy. Pls listen to Canadian citizens. Don't listen only to businessmen and government officials.
4/9/2015LorraineCodeDogwood InitiativeToronto Canadano toxic products in BC!It should not be necessary to say why this project is so bad: it is bad, invasive, exploitative beyond description. That the USA should turn to Canada as a place for dumping their waste is ethically, legally, and fraternally well beyond offensive!!!

SAY NO!!
4/9/2015ChrisLawDogwood InitiativePort AlberniDo not approve permitToo much risk. Global warming. Pollution
4/9/2015PeterBerendeDogwood InitiativeVancouverUS coal in Canadian sewer?Dear Mr. McGillivray,

U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

Thank you
4/9/2015JimLeubaDogwood InitiativeFort LangleyPlease, no coal pollution in SurreyHi: We do not need jobs at the expense of the environment we live in. Coal is a very dirty product, to mine, ship and burn. Best to leave coal in the ground. There is no way Surrey can handle this shit without some of the shit being left here in Surrey. And then there is the problem of what coal is used for. Coal is burned, a very dirty burn that makes air pollution upwind of us. More bad news.
I live along the CN rail line, I know the coal trains leave a trail of toxic coal dust. I see at least one train every week with a dark cloud above it.
4/9/2015ChrisBernardDogwood InitiativeBurnabyNo toxic coal waste in Metro Vancouver SewersDear Sir
Desperate U.S. Thermal coal companies want to ship their thermal coal through B.C. by rail and barge to be burned in Asian power plants, but the coal is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons.

The coal is sprayed with a mixture of chemical surfactants to reduce dust during transportation, but the public doesn’t actually know what’s in that mix.

And there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.

Proceeding without having the answers we deserve would simply be reckless.
Please for the sake of the Fraser estuary and the Georgia Straight, do not permit Fraser Surrey Docks (with the backing of Port Metro Vancouver) to discharge their treated coal effluent into the Vancouver sewer system.
4/9/2015VictorTempranoDogwood InitiativeVancouverConsult first nationsNot done with First Nations consent, and secondarily, how can we approve throwing random chemicals into our air and water without adequate protections?
4/9/2015JulieMignotDogwood InitiativeMontrealCoal treatmentUS should keep its toxic waste in his country. We have a beautiful country and shouls keep it that way. Wr also pollute our own land enough. No need for other countries to do it on own land.
4/9/2015MarthaRubenDogwood InitiativeOttawaPlease help!!!Our land, coasts and rivers do not belong to us!!! Our duty is to care for them, to keep them clean and beautiful for the next generations... Please stop the advance of dirty corporations that are coming to destroy them inspired only by the greed of money...
Thanks
Martha
4/9/2015teprinebaldoDogwood InitiativeMontrealWe are CanadianAnd we love our people, our environment and our land. You do to. Please rethink the fiscal gain over the environmental and human health risk.
Thank you
4/9/2015CathyKariDogwood InitiativeOttawaLiquid Waste PermitDear Mr. McGillvray,
In my opinion the proposal to ship coal through the Fraser Surrey docks needs quite a bit more study. From what I have read, I think there are environmental concerns which are not being addressed. I urge you to deny the liquid waste permit at least until the matter can be investigated further. Thank you.
4/9/2015DennisNellaDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverPlease deny the Surrey Fraser Docks a Liquid Waste Permit.Exporting Coal is a terrible idea, and the environmental risks are not worth taking.
4/9/2015EvaGreenDogwood InitiativeTorontoLiquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDeny the permit to spew dirty wastewater from the proposed coal port into our public sewer system
4/9/2015TomBrowneDogwood InitiativeVictoriaLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksPlease withhold the permit until it is clear that the waste water and its contents will not have a negative effect on the sewage system and the Fraser River environment.
I believe that it would be foolhardy, perhaps criminal, to put our public health and safety and the environment at risk.
4/9/2015AnnCammellDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksHow can we even contemplate shipping coal considering climate change and the contribution burning coal makes to the continuation of it.
Food sources, including fish from our waters is and will continue to be essential for our survival.
4/9/2015JoyTannerDogwood InitiativeTorontoThermal Coal and The FraserDear Mr. McGillivray,

Although I no longer live in Vancouver, I am very concerned about the proposal to ship and dock thermal coal at the Fraser Surrey Docks. There seems to be no guarantee that the toxic metals flushed through the wastewater system will be successfully filtered. The health of the Fraser River is paramount to the environment, including the good people of Vancouver and the surrounding areas.

It is also a grave concern that project proponent refuses to disclose the content of the toxins. This should raise alarm bells to you as it has to the people who are currently writing to you.

There are also major concerns of the coal dust polluting the "mighty Fraser River" (quoting the City Of Vancouver website) and the surrounding neighbourhoods of the Docks. There is no ability to counteract this affect with any discern.

You are the "Water Guy"! Do what is right for the water systems (both natural and man made) in this unbelievably beautiful region. Don't let this project go through.

With respect,
Joy Tanner
4/9/2015simonclutterbuckDogwood InitiativeHammonds PlainsWaste water permit for Fraser surrey docksHi I feel very strongly that the license for Fraser surrey docks should not be granted. To flush dirty coal water full of unknown contaminants into the sewage system which would then transport it into the environment which is already being pushed to its limit by industry is extremely short sighted and on the verge of blatant stupidity.

There should be full disclosure of what has been sprayed on this already highly toxic and outdated fossil fuel so that the people of Vancouver and the environment will not suffer even higher levels of damage and illnesses should these contaminants not be removed safely by Vancouver's sewage treatment and control systems.
4/9/2015robertmacdonaldDogwood InitiativeWhite RockGreedGreed
4/9/2015HughWallerDogwood InitiativeSookeUS coal effluentDo not allow US coal effluent into your sewage system to be flushed into the Fraser River and then down stream into Georgia Strait and Juan Da Five Strait.
4/9/2015KylaTremblayDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Fraser Surrey Docks their PermitHello Grant,

I'd like to add my name to the list of people requesting that Fraser Surrey Docks be denied a permit to deposit their wastewater into our sewer system.

The water waste from coal production is full of toxic heavy metals and there is no guarantee that all of these can be filtered out by the wastewater treatment plants.

Furthermore, along the transport route chemical surfactants are sprayed on coal piles to reduce dust. The creates another potential human hazard.

This is an important time in human history when we must begin to think of the bigger picture and the broader consequences of our actions.

I have dear nieces and nephews and I think about them often and I wonder what kind of world we're leaving them. Surely you have children, nieces, nephews as well… perhaps you can consider this as one small piece of greater issues that are building up and need to be addressed.

There are alternative ways of living and being that are much healthier… yes, we all we need to change some, but it will be worth it. We need to start thinking about the long term and stop giving so much power to corporations who do not have the best interests of the people in mind. They are blind with greed.

Thank you and have a wunderbar day :-)
4/9/2015ChrisHambruchDogwood InitiativeGoldenPermitWith the climate changes that are happening it is time to make some bold decisions to stop the deterioration of the Earths water. Stop the export of these dirty fuel products NOW!
4/9/2015RonBolinDogwood InitiativeNanaimoWe Don't Need More PollutionWe have quite enough pollution of our own, we don't need anybody else's.

The US doesn't want our polluting tar sand sludge transiting through their fair countryside. Why would we even consider transiting their polluting coal sludge through ours.

We need to put our efforts into alternative energy sources rather than accommodating more carbon emmissions.
4/9/2015GlendaHynbdmanDogwood InitiativeMoose Jawbeyondcoal.caWe product enough toxins of our own. We do not need toxins from another country. Why is North America not investing in clean technology?
4/9/2015EliseHoeferDogwood InitiativeVictoriaNo coal please!!!!!!Dear Metro Vancouver,

Invest your time and money in a clean energy solution, not coal. It will be more profitable in the long term and your grandchildren will be proud of the smart choices you make today.

Please, don't do this!!! Be smart!
4/9/2015CarlaBabcockDogwood InitiativeDeltaJust NO This can hardly be in accordance with a vision of a greener Vancouver. Why are the good people of Metro Vancouver sewage control even contemplating something like this ? It would set a dangerous, unhealthy precedent. We have so much to offer the world, especially our natural beauty. Why would we ever want to risk that in favour of making a few bucks off of this filthy, polluting substance .
Not only that but I find the practice of selling such a dirty fuel to China highly unethical. Is this what we want to be known for ?? Give your heads a shake before you take us down this road to ruin !!
4/9/2015GrantBrownDogwood InitiativeSouth SurreyDeny Coal ExpansionThe export of coal to Asia should not be supported by BC, neither should we profit by providing a dirty fuel. Rather we should look to the US for our lead I this area.
4/9/2015GrahamKnellDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverLiquid wasteIn the heart of a city of this class, to allow this form of toxic heavy metals from US. thermal coal to go through the city wastewater treatment with no guarantees that it will fully work is just outright irresponsible to all those who live here..
4/9/2015TimSayeauDogwood InitiativeWinnipegNo coal wasteNo. Keep coal from anywhere away.
4/9/2015Paul-DenisClermontDogwood InitiativeMontrealThe planet that will leave to your kidsAsk yourself: What I am willing to sacrifice?
4/9/2015JordanGraceDogwood InitiativeVancouverkeep poisonous coal out of our watersThe coal has tremendous poisons on it that will be our problem and affect our future generations with Heath issues and ecological damage and un eatable fish.

We need more strict policies when dealing with the U.S. as the ️have a horrible track record for these types of business deals
4/9/2015LynnGyoryDogwood InitiativeRichmondUS Thermal CoalDear Mr. McGillivray,
Will our wastewater treatment plant be able to filter out all of the toxic metals from the coal shipped form the U.S.? Will our children still be able to swim in our waters in the future? Will our salmon runs become a thing of the past?
With water already a global concern,do we need to add to the problem? Please do not allow this permit to go through.
4/9/2015BernieHoganDogwood InitiativeCourtenaySay No to the Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThe coal is sprayed with a mixture of chemical surfactants to reduce dust during transportation, but the public doesn’t actually know what’s in that mix.

And there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.

Proceeding without having the answers we deserve would simply be reckless.
4/9/2015TracePecoraDogwood InitiativeRevelstokePlease Deny Permit!Why?

*The toxic heavy metals in the thermal coal wastewater threatens public, fish, and environmental health.

*The type of chemical surfactants routinely sprayed on coal piles is not being disclosed: this raises many doubts about its safety.

* Fraser Surrey Docks has not proven that coal wastewater is safe for the sewer system nor can the water treatment guarantee it safe for the Fraser River

Mr McGillivray, the public is speaking out in order to protect our precious water! We need to be proactive and take preventative measures to ensure future generations their right to clean water.

It is time to make decisions based on the greater good, not for the good of a few. Support for archaic methods of power creation must be withdrawn and redirected to sustainable, ethical, clean technologies. We can change the paradigm that "things have to get worse before they get better"! This one has been adequately explored by humanity in countless ways, learning that prevention is the key. How about strengthening the "Nip it in the bud" paradigm instead? Imagine the possibilities...
4/9/2015AlexisHarrisDogwood InitiativeVancouverAgainst liquid waste permitIt's time for Canada and the lower mainland to stand up for itself and keep US coal out. It's only a matter of time before a spill occurs and destroys OUR environment.
4/9/2015LeanneBishopDogwood InitiativeVancouverKeep the Fraser CleanDear Mr. McGillivray;

I am deeply concerned with Metro Vancouver's disregard of the possible further pollution of the Fraser River. Have we learned nothing over the years?

Before any permits are issued, the wastewater from Fraser Surrey Docks' coal port MUST be absolutely clean. This planet cannot afford anymore destruction.

Thank you,
Leanne Bishop
4/9/2015ConradNollDogwood InitiativeBurnabyStop US Coal in Surrey.The cost of shipping this dirty product is higher than any return to Canada.
4/9/2015Sally AjAbrahamDogwood InitiativeRoberts CreekFRASER DOCKIt will increase pollution
4/9/2015DonnaShugarDogwood InitiativeRoberts CreekFSD liquid waste permitPlease do not issue a liquid waste permit for the proposed coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks. There is a high risk of toxins entering the marine environment from both the coal and the surfactants being used to suppress dust. I am not convinced that the effluent will be clean. Please make sure that the proponent provides the evidence that there will be no environmental impacts before any permit is considered. Thank you.
4/9/2015ToveClarkeDogwood InitiativeParksvilleLiquid WasteIt is not too late to start paying attention to what we do to our water system. Do NOT allow the waste into the Fraser Surrey Docks by issuing a permit. Show that you understand all the negative implications of such a permit and be an example to others who have authority to issue permits of similar nature.
Thanks.
4/9/2015louisemaneliaDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverNo permit for surrey docks pleaseWe are already the pawns of the USA in so many ways. Stand up and keep our coast clean by letting American companies deal with their own waste.
4/9/2015AbrahamMasriDogwood InitiativeCalgaryKeep U.S. coal out of our sewerTo Grant McGillivray: Please Keep U.S. Coal, and it's dirty wastewater,out of the public sewer system. Some reasons why:
1) U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
2)All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust.Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
3)Too many questions! Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
4/9/2015JaneMcDougallDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo coal through VancouverThis makes no sense. Just say no to coal.
4/9/2015NanKendyDogwood InitiativePrince GeorgeStop the PollutionThe mighty Fraser is home to the salmon. They are already hanging in the balance with pollution from pulp mills and other industry along the river. Please deny this liquid waste permit and stop the pollution of coal dust waste water into the Fraser. Instead help us to build a sustainable food stock in our Fraser River salmon!
4/9/2015MichaelMacLeanDogwood InitiativeGaliano IslandDock PermitFull disclosure of toxins used is a reasonable requirement any application of public interest.
4/9/2015CindyBertramDogwood InitiativeLadysmithCoal waste waterWe own a cottage in Point Roberts and experience coal dust basically on a daily event from the coal port at the mouth of the Fraser River. It is black, it is fine and it is very difficult to get clean. How a plant could filter these fine particles out of wasterwater and maintain clean filters/screens is a challenge that I don't think can be successfully managed. And that is before you begin to consider any chemical residues.

Please give this decision very careful attention.
4/9/2015RyanMassonDogwood InitiativeGabriolaPlease deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.Dear Grant McGillivray,

I am writing you today to urge you not to issue a Permit to Fraser Surrey Docks That allows them to Dump liquid waste from the proposed coal port. I think this decision is short sighted, environmentally unsafe, and will only benefit US Coal mining companies (that should have been forced to stop mining coal years ago) and the Asian companies that will burn it.

U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals that with an approved permit would be flushed into our wastewater system. There is no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information. We have a right to know if in agreeing to this they will be polluting our Provence.

Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.

Thank you for your time and consideration on this topic.
4/9/2015NeilHammondDogwood InitiativeBowen IslandFraser Docks Liquid WasteLet's keep our priority to keep our waterways and oceans clean to ensure continued jobs in fisheries and tourism. Too offen the good and livelihood of the many is endangered smaller, specific concerns due to the insuffient safeguards, lax legislation and lack of overarching policy. This is an opportunity so show we are moving to a sustainable future, not addicted to the destructive cycle we have been in for too long.
4/9/2015LiseLoubertDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey DocksAdding further pollution to our coastal water ecosystem is a suicidal and long term loss for British Columbia
4/9/2015RichardLegerDogwood InitiativePort AlberniRe Liquid Waste Permit Approval SFDThis permit should not go ahead without sold evidence of the impacts on the environment of the discharge of wastewater from the proposed coal port.

There are real and valid concerns over the makeup of the surfacants used to spray the coal to reduce dust in transport. As well, there will be wastewater discharge that will include known heavy metals from thermal coal being shipped.
There should be no permit until these concerns are addressed.
Thanks for your consideration

Richard Leger
4/9/2015IngridRoseDogwood InitiativeVancouverprotect the environmentunsafe for habitat-human & animal
undermine long term future of sustainable living
has not been sufficiently researched
4/9/2015Sarah DDaggettDogwood InitiativecoldstreamChange for peaceI think that in our hearts we all know this is a bad idea. If people agree to this then they are thinking about the advantages money might bring them. But if you stopped and thought about the things that are more important then money like our health and the health of family and friends there would be no question that this would be approved. You wouldn't grab a glass of the chemicals that are used in this operation and drink it, yet you freely allow it to enter our atmosphere by releasing it into our delicate air and water system. Remember this; nothing is ever thrown out freely, just cause it disappears from your sight doesn't make that item non-existent. When something is thrown out it will come back to you in some form, the water you drink, the air you breath, the food you eat.
I am 18 years old and I want a future.
4/9/2015DickCulbertDogwood InitiativeGibsonsCoal Dock PermitAs a geologist, I know how many toxic things can hide in coal. Lets keep our waters as clean as possible. The coal companies have never shown any responsibility for the environment.
4/9/2015CraigAnderlDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal waste waterShipping fossil fuels is a bad idea. An even worse idea is allowing coal waste water to enter our eco-system. We live in one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Lets keep it that way.

Short sightedness and quick profits are constantly putting our health and environment at risk. We have to start thinking differently.

If the US wants to ship coal, let them use there own ports, not ours.
4/9/2015OmidNickpourDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease don'tLet's please save the healthy water and air from pollution even if it will go through a filter you never know what might seep through. After all lets doing for our children's children.

Please don't be selfish
4/9/2015susancastleDogwood InitiativeVictoriapublic sewer systemThis sounds like a scary idea for our already overtaxed waterways. We need to lean towards plans that will minimize risks to our wildlife and our human populations. Tourists come to BC because it is CLEAN.

Wastewater from Fraser Surrey Docks’ proposed coal port poses a threat to human health and safety, as well as the environment.
4/9/2015MichaelSpringateDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal wastePlease do the analysis first.
4/9/2015ShelleySorensenDogwood InitiativeNanaimoSAy NO To Coal Imports
Toxic Waste in our Air, Our Water, will effect our health & the food chain.
The Coal is bad enough where it is.

Our wild Salmon will be threatened by
this waste water.Then the birds, then the bears, Otters, Shell fish, & us. Please say no to any Coal Shipping in our waters.
4/9/2015StephenHarrisonDogwood InitiativeVancouverVerify Our Fraser River is ProtectedGrant McGillivray

The public deserves independently verified guarantees that water treatment facilities at Surrey Docks can filter ALL toxic chemicals before any coal shipments are allowed.

Stephen
4/9/2015loisthomsonDogwood InitiativeGibsonsCOAL in waste water staysWhy are we even accommodating coal. It's banned in Washington and Oregon for good reasons. But we don't care about our people, our reputation or our earth apparently. Pretty soon we will not see the sun all day and wear face masks like they do in China. Gosh thanks for your lack of stewardship!
4/9/2015J.D.GibbardDogwood InitiativeVictoriaWastewater shouldn't equal sea life genocideWhy bother with reminding people not to pour paint and oil down storm drains if you are going to permit a foreign company to bring massively increased toxic pollution with coal trains?

Coal kills, now through toxins and almost endlessly in the future through climate chaos. We have to move away from it as rapidly as possible. Anything that helps increase its use (like permits for shipping) is promoting genocide.

We all want to leave a healthy planet for future generations and we are forced to be a hypocrite every day by 'economic realities'. Driving to work is a hypocrisy. Permitting increased coal shipping is EVIL, a giant "Fuck you!" to your kids.
4/9/2015JudithInceDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal waste water from Fraser Surrey DocksGood morning Mr. McGillivray,

As a resident of Vancouver, I am extremely concerned that waste water from coal may be given permission to be granted access to our sewer system.

My concern is that the coal waste water is heavily contaminated with a broad spectrum of dangerous substances, from heavy metals to surfactants. If these are not entirely removed from the wastewater, they will end up in the already compromised Fraser River. The potential damage to the salmon who spawn there would be severely damaging to an industry that is already on the ropes.

The "needs" of industries like coal seem to be routinely privileged over human health and the integrity of the environment. I urge you to decline to approve the proposal of allowing toxic wastewater .

Thank you for considering this request.
4/9/2015ClementineMatassaDogwood InitiativeWindsorDeny a Liquid Waste PermitWhy do you knowingly want to put our environment and living species at risk? You have no right!! This is completely wrong. Sure lets bring on more polluted airs and waters...and subsequently more sickness and disease and death!! Give your head a shake... Please tell me you have some common sense!!
4/9/2015PaulBachDogwood InitiativeVancouverWastewater Permit for Surrey DocksTo the responsible decision-makers regarding the wastewater permit for Fraser Surrey Docks,
We have so many examples today of decisions that were made for financial or political reasons but subsequently had profound detrimental health and environmental impacts. And all too often we attempt to close the door after the horse has left the barn so to speak.

I would ask that you delay this permit until sound scientific methods and objective scientific opinion can assure us that this wastewater will be safe for our local environment and all of the life, ours included, that rely upon it. This is what we want our elected officials to do and this is how we want you to operate when it comes to these kinds of decisions. Please respect the voting public and the environment in demanding a thorough scientific evaluation and science based recommendations regarding this permit before granting it blindly.

Respectfully yours

Dr. Paul S Bach
4/9/2015SylviaSymonsDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo coal through the FraserHello,
I would like to object to coal being shipped through the Fraser River. The Fraser River is already burdened with agricultural and road run-off. The possibility of further contamination by toxic heavy metals is simply too dangerous. Please oppose this plan on our behalf.
Respectfully,
Sylvia Symons
4/9/2015DerekFrazerDogwood InitiativeVancouvershipping coal through our watershello good people!
this is bad for so many reasons
seems like taking steps backwards no?
let's move forward together!
4/9/2015BarryGatesDogwood InitiativeShawnigan Lakecoal shipmentsTrans shipment of coal is unacceptable because it leaves the community bearing the ecological risk for generations for a process which has no positive benefits.
4/9/2015Emily-AnneDavisDogwood InitiativeOakvilleIs the risk worth it?If we have not learned from the continuous oil spills which are transported via water when will we learn. Can the safety of our waters being guaranteed? Millions of salmon spawn and migrate along the Fraser River each year. The water provides food for thousands of people. The indigenous peoples that utilize these waters consider it sacred. Have some respect and consider what repercussions would ensue with charcoal contaminates.
4/9/2015RonKendrickDogwood InitiativeBurnabyYou Must Deny Liquid Waste Permit to Fraser Surrey DocksWhy would we agree to put U.S. Thermal coal which is full of toxic chemicals including toxic metals and chemical surfactants into our waters just to add money to foreign companies and have the coal burned to contribute to global warming??!! Please deny the permit, on behalf of our children and those without a voice!
4/9/2015PaulTaylorDogwood InitiativeLangleyNo CoalCoal shipments to Asia must stop.
4/9/2015RpyMillsDogwood InitiativeComoxCoal waste and sewersDear Mr Mcgillivray, I apologise for getting off track in my earlier letter, which became a diatribe about the whole coal transhipment from the US to China, with us as the "mug in the middle". Your responsibility of course is very specific, to determine whether waste water from the Fraser Surrey Dock can safely and healthily be flushed through the sewer system and on into the river and eventually the Strait of Georgia. You must be under a lot of pressure from all sides. I urge you to deny the permit, on the basis that the Coal and its dust contain toxic substances incompatible with a sewer system, that this problem is exacerbated by the chemical surfactants sprayed on to minimise the propagation of the dust, and that all told the public health system MUST take priority over such a commercial enterprise, especially one in which the vast majority of the Commercial benefit is garnered in the US and in China. But Health should come first, foremost and of primary concern.
4/9/2015KerryPhillipsDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverIt's not a good thingthe less we put through the sewer system the less ends up in our precious food source system
4/9/2015ErinEarlyDogwood InitiativeWhistlerKeep coal out of our sewerWe do not want toxic coal put in our sewers! We do not want coal in our province at all! Clean energy please! For the sake of our children , grandchildren , and future of human life!
Thanks
Erin
4/9/2015DaveScottDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterCoal Dust Alleviationvery concerned as we live on the Quay in New Westminster. Fearful dust will be all over our place, it already is from the trains that goes by our building - just the diesel smoke from the engines alone. method to alleviate dust must be certainly non-toxic and be safe to our environment
4/9/2015SusanAlbionDogwood InitiativeVictorialiquid waste permitit is not about money it is about health and keeping our country clean
4/9/2015AnnieBlanchetteDogwood InitiativeColdstreamDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksPlease do not do this we don't need any more possibilities of toxic waste in BC. We have enough fall out from Japan and other industries.
4/9/2015PeterKingDogwood InitiativeVictoriasewage disposalThe municipalities of southern Vancouver Island are still fumbling with an adequate sewage system. Many citizens are embarrassed with the lack of treatment before the waste flushes into Juan de Fuca.
Please use the precautionary principle here before granting permits to further our waste disposal into the straights.
4/9/2015DianeJonesDogwood InitiativeSurreyNo!Fish!!! Future of our planet!!!
4/9/2015PrashantKandathilDogwood InitiativeVancouverNeed more infoHi,

Please can you provide more detailed information around the treatment of liquid waste. Also please let me know which independent board of experts approved this to think its safe.
4/9/2015LouiseSalterDogwood InitiativeComoxUS coal out of Fraser Surrey???NO!!!Mr. McGillivray:
Please don't allow any project which inevitably adds to our air/water/ground pollution - like this proposal to ship US coal through the port and then to Texada Island for transshipment to Asia. Having lived in Asia I have firsthand knowledge of the Asian disregard for basic safety and I know that allowing this project to proceed guarantees that our lives will be adversely affected by this proposed project. I vote NO! and hope you will understand that our health and safety depends on your good sense. We rely on you to make the right decision in this case - NO to this proposal.
Thanks for listening.
4/9/2015georgestrunzDogwood InitiativeFREDERICTONFraser Surrey DocksToxic heavy metals should not be dumped into any sewer system
4/9/2015GaryBallDogwood InitiativeCumberlandprotect our lifebloodWe cannot necessarily control the use use of oceans for shipping (in international waters) but the Fraser River and the Georgia Strait are ours to protect and they are the lifeblood of B.C. we must protect them.
4/9/2015BillieHall-FrancisDogwood InitiativeCambridgePlease do not allow a permit to dump waste into the sewers.The best reason in the world is to protect our ecosystem!
4/9/2015BrunellaBattistaDogwood InitiativeChilliwackkeep US coal out of our sewer because...U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust, we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
4/9/2015DelTorgalsonDogwood InitiativeChilliwackCoal WasteUS Coal Wastewater has no place in Vancouver sewer systems or any water system.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4/9/2015AndreaHougDogwood InitiativePrince Georgeno to coal shipping proposalalthough the united states is our neighbour we don't need to let them use us . we have enough trouble dealing with all the environmental problems we create for ourselves. We don't need to take on theirs too!
4/9/2015SusanDarlingtonDogwood InitiativeDuncanUS CoalKeep U.S. coal out of our sewer. It’s crap.
4/9/2015KimiHendessDogwood InitiativeRichmond BCProtect Metro Vancouver!This permit would have far-reaching implications - the negatives far outweigh the positives! Please do not permit the Fraser Surrey Docks liquid waste application!
4/9/2015PamelaAtkinsonDogwood InitiativeSurreyKeep the water cleanPlease keep the water clean for the planet, the inhabitants of the Fraser River System, us and future generations.
4/9/2015MarcusWaddingtonDogwood InitiativeVancouverNeed to know composition of surfactant firstplease protect our fraser river!
4/9/2015KitanouSt GermainDogwood InitiativeVancouverIt's a big noThe wastewater which will be returned to the Fraser river is full of heavy metals. People have a right to live in a healthy environment and that includes the right to veto dangerous toxins admitted into their water supply and environment. Where are the rigorous third party scientific studies? Why is a civic water treatment plant considered in any way up to handling this kind of toxic load? US COAL? NO.
4/9/2015ConnieSmithDogwood InitiativePort MoodyNo toxic coal port wastewater in our sewers!U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals which would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved. There’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
Along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. These projects are often rushed through, but I am asking you to be responsible and consider the impacts on human and environmental health, and deny this permit.
4/9/2015AnneMossDogwood InitiativeBurnabyNo to Coal at Fraser SurreyPlease stop this plan to ship coal through Fraser Surrey Docks. We already have poor water quality in the Vancouver Harbour, Fraser River, and surrounding waterways, due to uncontrolled industrial effluent. Our public sewer system is working at capacity now, and isnt the most advanced system to start with. Lower Mainland residents do not need another mess to clean up.
4/9/2015TerryRobinsonDogwood InitiativeCourtenayFraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray,

My first reason for not wanting US coal to go through Fraser Surrey Docks is that we have to stop burning fossil fuels in order to avoid catastrophic climate change.

The second is that I can see Texada Island from where I live and, I confess, I'd rather this filthy stuff wasn't in my backyard.

- the coal is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons.

- it is sprayed with a mixture of chemical surfactants to reduce dust during transportation, but the public doesn’t actually know what’s in that mix.

- and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.
4/9/2015GrantPearseDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey Docks application for a liquid waste permit from Metro VancouverPlease reconsider the application to allow Fraser Surrey Docks to add their waste water to the Vancouver sewer water. We need to be assured that there would be no unacceptably dire consequences from doing that.

Thanks
4/9/2015robertroffelDogwood InitiativeChilliwackcoal wasteWhy do you think that it's a good idea to accept US waste into our already polluted water??? Please give me an answer. Bob Roffel.
4/9/2015AlfredMumaMumaDogwood InitiativePowell Rivertime to make coal a dinasor issueCoal is one of the major contributors to green house gasses and global warming. It is time for all Canadians including Vancouver to by part of the solution in saving our planet. It is time to stop the mining of coal, the use of coal and it's shipment around the world. A good place to start this is in Vancouver by not allowing coal to be shipped and stored enroute in Vancouver on it's way to other ports of the world. Vancouver, please be part of the solution to stop global warming. Thank you Alfred Muma
4/9/2015KimCarragherDogwood InitiativeNorth SaanichNo to Coal WastePlease say no to coal and our waste water treatment.Bad chemicals, bad idea.Too many unknowns....
4/9/2015BarbAraGravesDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.because of the toxic wastes in the coal and the spray and because we don't get any benefits from bringing in U.S. coal into B.C.
or Canada...- only bad toxic wastes that contaminate our water and air and kill our salmon and countless other living creatures including polluting the air that we breath especially in New Westminster, in the condominiums directly across the river from the docks.
BAD IDEA
Deny a Liquid Waste Permit for the Fraser Surrey Docks - PLEASE
4/9/2015RiccardoFiorentinoDogwood InitiativeGreenbraeFraser Surrey Docks - NO to coal pollutionBad for our environment, bad for our communities and bad for the planet. Everything about extraction, transport and burning of this fuel is a massive pollutant. Say NO to this proposal.
4/9/2015Donna DayPeerlessDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste PermitOur waters, our air are our SHARED environment. Do not let private interests pollute our systems any more than they already are. Stop the destruction by drawing this line in the sand & go forward with ever reducing the impact of industry on OUR environment. OUR ENVIRONMENT It is not something out there that we chat about, it is our body that we share. If we continue to degrade & abuse our body we will suffer accordingly. This is not a difficult concept, but it does require that all governments understand that today's policy's will be tomorrow's sorrow & suffering.
4/9/2015PeterVranjkovicDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterLiquid Waste PermitI am worried that some of the toxins will end up in the ocean and will contaminate the fish we eat, thereby harming us.

I am also worried that coal emits too many greenhouse gases which causes global warming.
4/9/2015ShannonHobsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease deny the applicationTell them to take their pollution somewhere else.
4/9/2015JaniceKearleyDogwood InitiativeVictoriaTry and keep B.C. waters cleanI am in the fishing industry, the amount of abuse our inshore and offshore waters are taking is excessive. Please do not let this be one more preventable disaster. Do the right thing for all of B.C say No !! Thank You
4/9/2015DaphneHarwoodDogwood InitiativeVancuverNo No NOIt's time to put some teeth into the idea of being green & ecologically sensible.
4/9/2015AnneGinnsDogwood InitiativePentictonCoal Port waste waterWe love our salmon. Don't dump toxic waste water into the ocean and endanger them further. Why assist China to burn more global warming fuel. Climate change costs us $$$$ and, eventually it will cost us our environment.
4/9/2015IanHousegoDogwood InitiativeVancouvercoal shipping proposalCoal moved and coal burned is a disaster for the atmosphere and thus for human beings. It is time to put a stop to this disaster.
4/9/2015KarenCarlyleDogwood InitiativeSecheltCoal ShippingI live on the Sunshine Coast and barges carrying coal will be passing by our waterfront. I do not believe this is safe on a number of fronts. However the most important reason for being concerned about this is that coal is toxic and we need to start NOW by reducing consumption of coal globally. When we help coal companies rather than prohibiting them we are increasing effects of climate change both locally and globally.
4/9/2015BarbaraGrantDogwood InitiativeBurnabyPermit for wastewater disposalPlease do not allow wastewater at the coal port to be flushed into our sewer system unless the coal company reveals the chemicals involved, and unless these are proven to be nontoxic to humans and to ocean life.
4/9/2015Jim and DianDouganDogwood InitiativeNanaimoNo!! to to coal and NO!! to wastewaterWe must put clean air, water and soil before profits, both here and in Asia.

Coal and Oil are now causing wide spread damage to our planet and all of its inhabitants and plant life.

We must stop wearing blinders and think of future generations and the habitat they must live in.
4/9/2015natacharushtonDogwood InitiativeDUNCANdeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksIt's time to make the environment and not big business a priority.
4/9/2015SydneyBhallaDogwood InitiativeVerdunDeny a liquid waste pemitWater is a very important ressource. How can BC
Accept such a permit without properly verifying the
Consequences on the water system.

Desperate U.S. companies want to ship their thermal coal through B.C. by rail and barge to be burned in Asian power plants, but the coal is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons.

The coal is sprayed with a mixture of chemical surfactants to reduce dust during transportation, but the public doesn’t actually know what’s in that mix.

And there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.

Proceeding without having the answers we deserve would simply be reckless.

I therefore ask you to refuse the proposal.

Thank you
4/9/2015AlexCalvertDogwood InitiativeAbbotsfordNo more coalNo more coal.
4/9/2015ChristineJohnstonDogwood InitiativeVictoriaCoal and other pollutants in our waterCoal and other pollutants are dangerous the the health of our citizens and our environment whether on land, in ocean or river and lake water. It is well known that coal carries many such natural and Chemical pollutants. So why even think of doing dirty work even for Canadians and even less so for Americans. Our lives are more important than money per se.
4/9/2015JoanMathiesonDogwood InitiativeMayne IslandCoal ShipmentsShipment of coal spreads pollution, air and water. It must be stopped in order to protect the environment and the livings being reliant on clean air and water.
That applies to the citizens of Greater Vancouver and the fish in the Fraser River.
4/9/2015Dianne & GeorgeKolenoskyDogwood InitiativeDuncanKeep U.S. coal out of our sewer.The coal and its byproducts will ultimately end up in the ocean and affects all aquatic life as well as the water we drink!
4/9/2015LizaAustinDogwood InitiativeN. SaanichWater contamination is unregulatedWe have been dumping unrelated waste in our waters for too long. It is time we show some respect to this precious liquid resource.
4/9/2015AlexandraBlandDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease: say no to coal wastePlease do not grant a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks to put coal wastewater into our public sewer system.

We want to be the greenest city by 2020 and denying this permit is a part of that promise. We already have enough waste going into the ocean, I certainly don't think we need more ecoli and algae blooms off of our beautiful city beaches which attract so many people to this wonderful city. Plus, supporting the expansion of arguably the dirtiest industry in the world is unethical!!!
4/9/2015KathleenSoggeDogwood InitiativePort AlberniLiquid Waste PermitGranting permits for US coal companies to transport toxic products is not in our planet's, let alone BC's, best interest. Have we not subjected our oceans, which have been so good to us, to enough abuse. It shames me to think that we would even consider doing this when so many are fighting to help our marine life survive the damage already done.
4/9/2015JimKearleyDogwood InitiativeVictoriaHabitate degradationThere is a reason that Alaska has the huge salmon returns that we can only dream of... the U.S looks after their environment.That is why they are pushing B.C to deal with their dirty coal exports. Once again our environment is of little importance when it comes to big dirty business. Stand up and say NO we have everything to gain and nothing to lose by saying No.
4/9/2015jeanaannbarnabyDogwood InitiativeCoe HillDeny liquid waste permitHow destructive are we as a species that we would risk our water supplies!

No to a Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks!!!
4/9/2015RemiCaudronDogwood InitiativeVancouverkeep Vancouver spectcular???That's what we keep hearing, but one desastrous project after another are planned for ourwater ways and environment.

Stop this project immediately.
4/9/2015JadeChuDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease Deny the liquid waste permitCoal wage water threaten's public health as well as environmental health. Please put our planet before profits.
4/9/2015dorindastaintonDogwood InitiativeburlingtonKeep U.S. coal out of our sewer. It’s crap.U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/9/2015SuzetteCurtainDogwood InitiativeVancouverWhy risk it?Please don't risk the environment, and the potential well being of our children by allowing this permit to transport coal. The last thing we need for the planet is support for more coal usage! We need to support green energy until its more fully feasible. Even if the coal will be simply transported via some other means, we have to step away from this process.
4/9/2015jean-claudeCatryDogwood InitiativeSalt Spring Islandeep waters clean Mr MC Gillivray
Water is life. Clean water is essential for the perpetuation of life and so the continuity of human existence on earth. The power that comes from burning coal, and other fossils fuels is uplifting to play with AND is not essential to the continuity of life. Our communities in the gulf island are directly affected by what is happening to the waters in the Fraser valley. What you are doing to the waters up there you are doing it to all forms of life and in definitive, you are also doing to yourself. Our message is clear please help us say Life is more precious than selling out yourself supporting this immature toying with life processes. thanks for considering our request.
4/9/2015JoeyBrowneDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverFraser Surrey Docks - liquid waste?Dear Mr. McGillivray,

Why is there not a solid understanding of possible environmental pollution that may result from coal waste water?

Shouldn't we figure this out first? I understand that the world needs to keep ticking and there's an economy to think about, etc, etc. I'm not going to say, "please think of the children". I don't have any. But what I will say is that environmental responsibility lies squarely on each of us. Now. Not for someone tomorrow. Now.

Will "treated" coal waste water particulates enter the food chain? Will it damage delicate ecosystems? Or is it completely safe, with science based conclusions? Either way, I want to know. Don't you?
4/9/2015DonnaMedcalfDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterKeep US coal out of our sewer.Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
4/9/2015RobSeltzerDogwood InitiativemalibuCoal WasteU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/9/2015nomilyonnsDogwood InitiativeVancouverNO WAYWhen will you open your eyes that you are in a "business" that is ruing the planet for everyone and everything. Come into the 21st Century please before we all go teh way of the Myans!
4/9/2015AnnSturrockDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverUS Coal/Our portsThe USA has lots of westcoast ports to deal with this. keep your toxic waste in your own country! Further spraying of chemicals increases the risks to health of the population and the viability of the soil; along the route. The quality of water in this country is precious; why take a chance on something where there is no going back? Outrageous that you are actually considering this!
4/9/2015HaileyKnottDogwood InitiativeSparwoodDeny waste permitThis is not good for the people. It's all about money and ruining out environment!
4/9/2015tonypopDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo US Coal through BC!Washington state is fighting the coal industry and we are suppose to help it? With what costs? Our water and air polluted by transporting and treating this dirty fuel?
NO! Please keep our water land and air clean!
It's time to get off this addiction on fossil fuels!
4/9/2015TiffanySamsonDogwood InitiativeSurreyPlease deny liquid waste permitI am a concerned citizen and parent. There are many people suffering with health issues. Environmental attacks on our immune systems from toxic chemicals does not set us up for good health! We are more and more aware of our effects on the planet/environment and hums health than ever before. Please way these crucial factors in your decision. Please consider the health and environmental impact for us and our children.

Please deny the wastewater permit Fraser Surrey Docks needs for its coal expansion proposal.
The coal is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons. The coal is sprayed with a mixture of chemical surfactants to reduce dust during transportation, but the public doesn’t actually know what’s in that mix?! And there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River?! I'm not okay with that! It could also effect our salmon habitat!

The substances in coal surfactants need to be identified and made public. The onus is on Fraser Surrey Docks to prove the treated wastewater would be safe for the salmon in our river, and so far they haven’t.

Thank you for your time. Please consider my letter,
4/9/2015HeatherHestlerDogwood InitiativeVictoriaAGAINSTIf the US want to ship US coal to Asian markets they must do it from their own US ports.
The US must not endanger CANADIAN community health and environments by coal dust pollution and dirty wastewater (spills?) through our public sewer systems.
Reject this proposed plan....deny liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
Thank you.
4/9/2015SylviaSamborskiDogwood InitiativeVictoriaCoal WasteIndustrial waste does not belong in a wastewater system.
4/9/2015SuhartiHamsiDogwood InitiativeVancouverWasteI think we've had enough of industry trampling on our environment, rights and collective will.
It is time for Metro to stand up to it and represent US, not nameless " Capital " which rules enough of our lives already.
4/9/2015EloiseCharet Bear ClanDogwood InitiativeNew Denver,B.C.Wastewater permitPlease reconsider the liquid waste permit, it will only poison the environment. It's bad enough that we are shipping all our resources to China but to poison local people in the process is just another sick idea.
Eloise
4/9/2015CherylBellDogwood InitiativeSurreyDeny the Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThis has the potential to harm our environment putting humans and wild life at risk from toxins. The US must find other means to dispose of thier harmful waste if they insist on still using unsustainable means of energy production. The Fraser River should not be used as a gateway for US waste. Our waters are already in enough stress due to our usage.
4/9/2015melmaciverDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Sewer Permiti don't want coal wastewater crap in my water!!
4/9/2015HowardRossmanDogwood InitiativeCorteswastewater permitThere are too many unknowns at this point to grant Fraser Surrey Docks a permit to flush their wastewater into the public system. They must first prove this wastewater is safe.
4/9/2015JohnRobertsonDogwood InitiativeVancouvertoxicity in sewage system, no!We don't need more toxic products, especially if it affects our sewage.
4/9/2015CampbellConnorDogwood Initiativecomoxrefuse liquid waste permitThis program is bad 9 stupid) on two fronts.
1. Handling this dirty coal fom the USA after their ports have refused beggars the imagination, and,
2 Allowing the waste water from this coal without an exhaustive study of the contaminants named therein is irresponsible.
3. I have spent six years researching and now opposing a coal mine at Fanny Bay because of the toxic contaminants contained in mine run off.
4/9/2015davidwhiteDogwood InitiativecoquitlamPolutionPolution
4/9/2015Wilma HewitsonParasiukDogwood InitiativeBurnabyUS coal sludge at Surrey Docks1.unknown chemicals in sludge
2.untested foreign source/Canadian composition would hopefully undergo greater scrutiny
3.what recompense if found to be toxic/ would cleanup be covered( if Gulf of Mexicocleanup is an example of US sincerity- definitely, NO)
4.if so I safe,why not do it in their own country?
5 remember the softwood lumber decision? US not very good about honouring even court decisions or actually paying compensation IN Canada.
4/9/2015MelanieReidDogwood InitiativeVancouverStop Coal Shipments from the Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr.r. McGillivray
Our Fraser River is a precious resource for life in much of BC. The waste water and toxic by products of American coal will strain an already fragile ecosystem, endangering our the aquatic, wildlife, and human life already dependent on a river already strained by development and industry. There is no scientific proof that the chemicals used to keep the coal dust controlled during rail shipment will cause no harm, and that the waste treatment of the water from the Port will be secure or free of pollutants. It is not safe, not wise, and not reasonable to take a risk of this magnitude for whatever benefit the Port anticipates. No more pollution and destruction on the Fraser.
Please make a decision in the interests of the health and safety of us all.
4/9/2015JanTidballDogwood InitiativeQualicum BeachNo coalcoal is a dirty fuel to burn.
very toxic to environment to transport
Toxifying Canadians so US coal companies can make money ?????? makes NO sense.
I do not support the coal industry
4/9/2015michaelfilzwieserDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverDon'tDo not pollute our environment any more. Coal is bad. It will ruin our ecosystems
4/9/2015AimeeGrimesDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksCoal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment. All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust.Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

So far, regulators like Port Metro Vancouver and the provincial government have not listened to public concerns or given us the answers we deserve about risks to health and the environment.

Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
4/9/2015AddisonLaurierDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal shipping through Metro Vancouver Our priceless port is a sacred location whereas coal is a low and infectious commodity. I do not deny that coal will flow for many years to come, and that the forces that insist it does cannot be completely denied.

However THEY MUST USE AN ALTERNATIVE location that is exclusive to the shipment of coal loading and unloading freighters in basic, not prime, distaster prepared locations. COAL will flow for another 20 years at least, and there is no benefit in keeping the cost low due to extreme risk.

The 'Powers that be' in the coal-shipment-decision-making-process are UNCREATIVE while the potential for innnovative and environmentally use of coal and the cost advantages there can offset any cost of properly preparing a site to workl for the next 20 years
4/9/2015sharonplummerDogwood InitiativeParksvilleNONo coal, no way!
Stop this now!
4/9/2015SashaHolbergDogwood InitiativeWhite RockDeny Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThere is not enough information or evidence being made available to prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and water after treatment.
U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals and there is no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter all of that out. As a resident of White Rock, I live very close to the train tracks and I am deeply concerned for the impact on human and environmental health of increased coal shipping.
The public deserves a transparent, thorough and impartial human and environmental health risk assessment that includes all aspects of increased coal shipment before any permits are granted.
I strongly urge you to deny this permit.
4/9/2015RStuartDogwood InitiativeVancouverNO to a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksNO to a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
It's time to stop approving actions requested by business interests that are not proven safe for the community and people at large.

The substances in coal surfactants need to be identified and made public. The onus is on Fraser Surrey Docks to prove the treated wastewater would be safe for the salmon in our river, and so far they haven’t.
4/9/2015CayleyWesternDogwood InitiativeBurnabyDeny a Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksOne of the most valued and precious resources British Columbians have is our beautiful, natural surroundings - the ocean, the mountains, the sky, the clean air, and the animals who live there, including our precious salmon and their delicate habitats. I do not support allowing wastewater into our water system. As time goes on and our society becomes more and more industrialized, we need to be more vigilant, not less, in protecting our beloved home. Coal wastewater has not been proven safe for our environment or for human health. Keep it out of our waterways.
4/9/2015AlbertoMendozaDogwood InitiativevancouverDeny the permit until adequate measures are in placeOur current provincial government has failed miserably in protecting our environment and its ecological services.

Let's do it differently, I understand the economical need for the permit, but at what cost? Transparency in disclosing what the sprayed mix has is fundamental to ensure we have the correct measures in place and will also allow to mount adequate monitoring activities, prepare emergency procedures and also be ready to cancel the practice if it shows contamination to our waters.

Better is to move away from all carbon based fuel and support other ventures that promote and protect our natural systems, please say no to the liquid waste in Fraser river. That is the progressive way, that is the correct way for the present and future of our children.

Thank you


Alberto M Galina
GFSI international auditor
UBC professor
4/9/2015DennisVargaDogwood InitiativeKelownaNo to dumping coal wastewaterTo dump coal wastewater into our public sewer system and, ultimately, riverways, cannot be the best thinking on the subject. It would be inexcusable to do so.
4/9/2015RyanFreemanDogwood InitiativeDuncanNo coalWe need to separate ourselves from ANCIENT technologies and move on. Its been time for decades, enough denial. Furthermore enough of international companies having free reign over our resources!
4/9/2015RobinAnnschildDogwood InitiativeSalt Spring IslandDeny wastewater permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Grant McGillivray,

I'm counting on you to deny Fraser Surrey Docks' request for a permit to dispose of their wastewater in Vancouver's public sewage system.

We know that this waste water will be contaminated with toxic heavy metals, and we have no way of knowing whether our public sewer system will remove all the contanimants before the water is discharged into the Fraser River.

It's up to Fraser Surrey Docks to demonstrate to the public what the contaminants are and how the public sewer system will adequately remove them from the water before you can give them a permit to do this.

It's time for you to take action to ensure public health and safety, and that we protect this most valuable resource, the Fraser River.

Thousands of British Columbians are counting on you Grant!

Thanks for your attention to this important matter,
4/9/2015SnjezanaSomekDogwood InitiativeVancouverNO to transfer of US-mined thermal coalNO to transfer of US-mined thermal coal, main reasons be:
- air pollution from coal and barges
- dirty wastewater
- traffic troubles from massive transportation presence (125 car trains daily, barges/ships in the Strait of Georgia)

Let the US deal with their own coal !
4/9/2015ChelseaRubenDogwood InitiativeCumberlandcoal wastewater permitHello,

Please deny a waste water permit to the Fraser Surrey Docks until such time as they can prove:
-what chemicals and heavy metals are contained in/sprayed onto the coal
-that these substances can be adequately removed by the existing sewage works without necessary upgrades borne by taxpayers
-that the additional volume of the Fraser Surrey Docks waste water can be handled by the existing sewage works without necessary upgrades borne by taxpayers
-if those chemicals are able to be removed by the sewage works that they will then be disposed of safely elsewhere (since they don't just disappear after treatment), and that this cost will not add to tax payer burden

Please move forward on this project using the precautionary principle. We need to know for certain that the shipping of US coal through our ports will not harm our local citizens or ecosystem to bring profit to foreign corporations before this project is approved.

Thank you.
4/9/2015VickiWhitworthDogwood InitiativeSurreyKeep US coal out of our Sewar systemI am a concerned tax paying citizen who lives just above the Fraser River in beautiful Fraser Heights, Surrey. I demand that the proper checks and balances are put in place to ensure than CLEAN residual waste water is the ONLY water that is flushed into ANY BC waterways. We need only to take a look around us at the daily news and see what a horrific mess we, as human beings, are doing to this planet and the land we occupy. What will happen when this toxic cocktail of chemicals gets poured into the Fraser River and kills off the natural ecosystem? Or poisons the salmon we eat? Have we not learned from mistakes before? Does big business not care about carcinogenics unless it touches their children? Their are billions of dollars to be made in this industry; do the right thing, identify and get rid of all toxins before releasing this waste water back into our sewar systems which we all know end up in our rivers or STOP this reckless action altogether!!! A simple choice really...You want to make millions? Spend some insurance money up front to protect the environment. This should not be an impossible issue; just one that cuts into the bottom line. That's all part of business. My family live here, my children live here, my grandchildren are going to live here. Stop being short sighted and do what is best for our home; this dumping ground we call "the planet".
4/9/2015BMDogwood InitiativeBurnabyJust don't!1. Canada ' s resources are its riches. We should preserve and conserve it.
2. Our children is the hope of our nation. We should safeguard and protect them.
4/9/2015katherinethompsonDogwood InitiativePeterboro.Liquid waste permitplease stop this toxic mess you are making
4/9/2015DonMcEachernDogwood InitiativeQuathiaski CoveFraser Surrey DocksToxic heavy metals
Toxic coal dust
Toxic waste water in sewer system and ultimately into the sea
4/9/2015RuthMorrowDogwood InitiativeCalgaryBe an exampleDear Mr. McGillivray,
Please consider not allowing US coal companies to ship their coal through Surrey Docks. Clean water is critical to everyone, and once it's contaminated, the damage is done.
4/9/2015BeverleyComoDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo Added Waste from Imported CoalThis is my back yard and where I kayak, walk, boat and enjoy wildlife and nature in general. If this product is not acceptable in the states just south of us, why would it be acceptable to BC? There are too many un-identified chemicals in these waste waters to dispose of it in our marine environment with any degree of confidence. To allow this new source of effluent is not a good choice for our province.
4/9/2015DONNAMARTINDogwood InitiativeSalt Spring Islandplease deny liquid waste permitThis treated sewage will end up in the Fraser River. Our pristine coastline is our biggest asset, with tourism, fishing, recreation and healthy living dependent on it. Why would we put it in jeopardy for an industry that is toxic and pollutes other parts of the world when we are desperately trying to reduce fossil fuel emissions?.
4/9/2015mairindeeryDogwood Initiativevancouverno liquid waste permit for fraser surrey docks!especially considering the recent oil spill in English Bay, I think we do far too much harm to our water as it is.

please do not grant this permit.
4/9/2015kimberlydeaneDogwood InitiativeVictoriakeep us coal out of sewerSimple - us thermal coal is full of toxic heavy materials !
4/9/2015WHDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo to More Coal through Fraser Surrey DocksThere have not been enough guarantees that coal-related waste, pollutants, and toxins will be removed from discharge re-entering our waterways.
4/9/2015GraemeBreganiDogwood InitiativeSaturna IslandUnknown pollutantsMr. McGillvray,

I live on Saturna Island, due south of Fraser Surrey Docks' proposed coal shipping dock.

Fraser runoff sweeps past our shore, and you can see that with every Spring runoff.
You've heard of today's English Bay spill.
This dock will provide a daily spill to our shore.
Until we can be sure that the unnamed surfactants can be safely handled it is a poor practise to permit them to enter our wastewater,
Thanks for your time.
4/9/2015HeatherHarrisonDogwood InitiativeRichmondLiquid Waste permit FSD - DenyI am not in favour of the Fraser Surrey Docks exporting US coal from our Canadian waters, and I am not in favour of more pollution going into the Fraser River.

We need to keep our waterways and oceans clean and show that BC is proactive on issues like these beyond purely monetary gain. Money cannot buy clean water, fish and wildlife that are chemical free and safe to eat...we need to be show the world that our Province is taking a stand on these environmental concerns and striving to find clean alternatives.

Please deny the Liquid Waste Permit!!

Regards,
Heather Harrison
[email protected]
4/9/2015NancySchoenfeldDogwood InitiativeSookeliquid wasteVancouver Metro,
Please do not allow this waste water from coal shipments to be dumped into Vancouver sewer system.
All of this waste water will find it's way into the waters of our pristine coastline. Our marine wildlife will and do suffer from any toxic waste in our waters.
Ultimately it will affect our food chain and the population along our coast. To allow this would be a stupid and foolish mistake which we all will pay for many years to come.
Nancy Schoenfeld
4/9/2015HerbertLundDogwood InitiativeCourtenayCRAPDo not use our Canadian sewage as a dumping ground for the U.S. CRAP.
4/9/2015MaureenHawkinsDogwood InitiativeLethbridgeCoal, poisons, & wastewaterI'm planning to retire to Vancouver in a couple of years, but not if I'm going to get poisoned.
4/9/2015PaulaRyanDogwood InitiativeWhite Rockno permit for Fraser Surrey DocksWe in BC don't want the pollution from the coal industry.
4/9/2015lucasfossDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverBig PictureDear Grant: You don't get to hold the kind of position you have without acquiring a huge depth of knowledge in waste management. So you already know about the toxic heavy metals in U.S. thermal coal and the inherent risks of this waste water to health and safety of people, fish and environment. What is in the chemical surfactants that are sprayed on coal piles on route? There are to many questions that need answers. I'm guessing there is political pressure and job pressures and it may look like a no win either way. Please be very careful and bring all your consciousness to this permit decision. What does your gut tell you... your intuition? 'Right Action' is required.
4/9/2015MaeveHannaDogwood InitiativePrince GeorgeNo to Liquid waste in vancouver sewersYou have got to say no to US coal companies taking a free ride through BC to get their toxic products to Asian Markets. This is now where sustainable and future minded economic structures live in Canada today. Think of the future generations that will be living in our country. we need clean water, renewable sustainable resource management.

US thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dustThose chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

There are just too many questions left unanswered. Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/9/2015JohnRyanDogwood InitiativeCalgarya liquid waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.Horrible idea. Please deny permit.
4/9/2015MikalBakerDogwood InitiativeRoberts CreekPlease Deny Liquid waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Importation Scheme.Heavy metals, hydrocarbons and unknown surfactant ingredients dumped into the Fraser river? What will be the effect on the treatment plant itself? This is a bad idea intended for short term profit at the expense of our environment long term.
4/9/2015MargaritaFloresDogwood InitiativeVancouverNO TO THIS LIQUID WASTE PERMIT!!Why the U.S. Coal companies don't use their own U.S. Ports in Washington to shup their coso? Why B.C. It is UNBELIEVABLE how Port Metro Vancouver, does not care for their reputación! least for the health of Brithish Cilumbians. AND, OUR OWN Provincial Government!! That does not show any interest and doesn't even care for the public who is concerned for the danger of the toxics that potentially will harm not only our waters, the en iron meant, but consequently OUR HEALTH.

I sincerely ask Metro Vancouver to listen to these real concerns and thank you for the opportunity to listen to us.

Regards, Margarita Flores
4/9/2015JohnIrwinDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey Docks WastewaterTo whom it may concern,

More analysis and research is required toxic to ensure that heavy
metals and hydrocarbons, and chemical surfactants are treated properly.

Release of these contaminants into key fisheries habitat should be carried out in a complete and careful manner.

John Irwin, Ph.D.
Limited Term Lecturer
Simon Fraser University
Geography and
Resource and Environmental Management
4/9/2015KenWelshDogwood InitiativeSandfordLiquid waste permitVancouver is such an amazingly beautiful city…..by denying this permit you will be helping to continue it's reputation as one of the most attractive and cleanest cities on the planet…thank you
4/9/2015DerekReadDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease Deny Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksI believe the lack of complete information for this facility, specifically the content of substances that will be handled and shipped through the facility, mean it is impossible to make an informed decision about granting a permit.

This project should not be considered until detailed information about exactly what will be arriving as part of any coal shipments is provided, that all parties involved can guarantee no pollutants will be entering our waterways, and that a satisfactory solution will be put into place for dealing with any potentially toxic substances.

Once that information is available it should be scrutinized publicly by environmental experts, direct stake holders, and the public, BEFORE granting the permit.
4/9/2015FrancesCalcraftDogwood InitiativeDawson CreekWhy do we have to do all the work?Why should the coal with its dangerous heavy minerals and chemicals have to be processed by us? Why can the customers not do that when they receive the coal? Why do we even have to handle it? It is not our coal. Let the owner of the coal ship it out.
4/9/2015BarbMinichielloDogwood InitiativeCrestonno liquid waste permit1. We do not need any more toxicity in our water from anything let alone coal.
2. Our oceans are in bad enough shape without more additions of non natural ingredients.
3. We need to keep our own backyard as green as we can. Industry pollutes and until it can prove it is not going to we need to protect the nature that we can,
4/9/2015PollyRudderhamDogwood InitiativeTerracechemical surfactantsClean Water
Renewable Energy should be a priority, lets not ship dirty coal and its chemicals to China.
4/9/2015JonBreisnesDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny itBringing toxic materials through our ports is a horrible idea. We have an oil spill in English Bay today... do we really want to take a chance to put more toxins in our waters?

I don't think so.

Coal is the past.
4/9/2015BarbaraWardDogwood InitiativeVancouverCanada says no to toxic waste!Dear Grant McGillvray, Please use you position of power to protect the Fraser River and all the life dependent on it by refusing to be a pawn for irresponsible business that wants to make money at the expense of the health of innocent individuals and the life connected to the Fraser river. NO to their toxic heavy metals in Canada. No to businesses who are willing to put the health and wellbeing of everyone at risk so they can prosper.....Please weight the real cost!!!!
Keep Canada Clean...NO is the right decision here!
4/9/2015AnnDouglasDogwood InitiativeFort FraserPlease deny a liquid waste permit- we are (or would like to be) a clean country with fresh healthy water ... even a threat of heavy metals is disasterous
- we want to control the carcinogenic chemicals used, a foreign interest making decisions may not be as conciensious
- let Canada se
4/9/2015JaneBeattieDogwood InitiativeKetchumcal poisonPlease do not allow dirty wastewater from the proposed coal port into the public sewer system.
4/9/2015DanOvermyerDogwood InitiativeVancouverPermit for Surrey docksCoal is a terrible pollutant! Stop shipping it!!
4/9/2015DonAllisonDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid wasteWe are struggling to keep our water safe and this will only increase the risk of poisoning our water,I say "NO",thank you
4/9/2015LauraDupontDogwood InitiativePort CoquitlamNo more toxinsI am grateful to Metro Vancouver for setting the bar high on environmental and human health protection. Please consider the additional toxins in our waterways and bodies that will occur if the Fraser Surrey Docks Waste permit is approved. Metro Vancouver needs to continue to support a liveable and sustainable region and further coal shipments with the waste produced is not in the best interests of our region environmentally or economically.
4/9/2015JamesHamlyDogwood InitiativeVictoriaNo to Sewage Disposal Permit from Fraser Surrey DocksWhat will these contaminants do to impact human health and how will they effect fish and other aquatic organisms? Is there no end to damaging environmental practices? In the face of climate change and the highest recorded temperatures and lowest snow pack in history, it is time to start saying no to environmental damaging practices. Lets learn from past mistakes, please.
4/9/2015SoniaSneddonDogwood InitiativeSurreyDeny permit for thermal coal shipmentsI won't list , in detail , the many reasons why this liquid waste permit should be denied , as they have been documented and forwarded to you already, by thousands of concerned citizens.
Clearly , however , the whole concept is ridiculous. Shipping thermal coal from central USA to a Canadian port , because the Americans are against it. It will have an impact on everything along it's path. The Fraser River will be impacted in many ways, which is why this liquid waste permit must be denied.
This will help stop this ill-advised project.
4/9/2015LisaWestDogwood InitiativeVancouverPermit for Fraser Surrey docksThe US may have lower environmental standards but we don't need to put our neighborhoods and water ways in danger to help them out. Make them responsible for their own dirty tasks by refusing the permit.
4/9/2015TraceyMaynardDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal in our Sewer?I am concerned about the implications of increasing coal exports on human health and safety in the lower mainland. When we don't have enough information on what the health impacts will be, it doesn't make sense to put our residents at risk in order to export US coal. This project doesn't benefit our community.
4/9/2015ZaheerJilaniDogwood InitiativeRichmondKeep American coal out of Canadian sewerU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment. It is bad for Canada, our children and children of their children.
4/9/2015JonAlexanderDogwood InitiativeTorontoA concerned Torontonian - no chem-laced coal at Fraser Surrey docksI'm from Toronto, and I'm also not naive enough to think that what happens in the waters off Vancouver won't have an affect on my food sources and health (for example, I consume seafood from the BC coast).
4/9/2015MariannaUssnerDogwood Initiativewest vancouver, B.C.Deny a liquid waste permit for fraser surrey docksWe need to keep our waters, air, soil, clean and free of contaminants. We don't want coal being shipped through our waters, nor spewing toxic wastewater into our waters. Deny this. We need a proper renewed wastewater system anyway, just for sewage. ie it needs to be treated in a high level way to be clear and clean when released into the ocean. We need to keep our ocean waters clean for sea life and our own health.
4/9/2015MariaPelovaDogwood InitiativeYellowknifeUS coalDear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to you to ask, that you do not allow US coal companies to get their toxic products to the Freaser Surrey Docks and through BC. We know that the next step will be speweing dirty wastewater into the public sewer system, endangering human health and safety. Who is the decision to aid US coal compaines in the shipment of their produts to Asia going to serve? There are already enough toxins in our lives as it is. The science on the heavy metal and other toxins very strongly supports the harmful effect they have on humans and there is no guarantee that the wastewater treatment plant can deal with all this pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Of another concern is the spraying of coal piles with chemical surfactants to keep the dust down. Every next chemical released in the environment is just increasing the already heavy toxic burden. I am gravely concerned with the growing pollution and insists that you make a decision which protects the public from further insults on thier health.
4/9/2015KatyaPalkaDogwood InitiativeEdmontonliquid waste permitI dont' wanna have sobody's dirty water in my country. Period!
4/9/2015JCDentonDogwood InitiativeBurnabyDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.More private profits at public expense. Our water is polluted enough already. You should all be forced to drink whatever comes out of the waste pipe, just like the marine life you're killing.
4/9/2015SandyLongridgeDogwood InitiativeWhite Rockecoterrorist child killersecoterrorists
4/9/2015LynSchwarzDogwood InitiativeEdmontonNO coal waste pleaseWe have nasty oil flowing into English Bay right now.
And you want to allow this. Shame.
4/9/2015BernadineBurgessDogwood InitiativeSurreyNo Through Fare for U.S. CoalIf it's not Clear that wastewater, with coal effluence, namely: heavy metals and hydrocarbons plus the chemical surfactants used to reduce dust, can be safely treated and kept out of the Fraser River, our drinking water and our food supply then don't allow the wastewater permit.

What exactly is a wastewater permit for if not to make allowances only for wastewater that its known can be treated successfully?

How can a healthy economy be built on sick practices that stand to threaten the welfare of its citizens? If our local economy and population are important enough to put the coal industry through the rigors that are befitting it than you should not go through with it.

It's my opinion that the coal industry is not one we should be relying on in any form or by any means since there aren't reasons that can justify the numerous negative repercussions on our health. A good douse of sensibility will tell you that clean energy is what we need in this world to reduce the negative impacts on human health worldwide. Let's allow Asia to find better alternatives then the ones they continue to use because it's at their ready and relatively cheap in the short term. Asia has the manpower with which to do it.
4/9/2015JenicaPhilipsDogwood InitiativekelownaCoal exportsI'm concerned about human health and safety and the environmental impact of coal exports through BC.
4/9/2015RukshanaEngineerDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo Violation of Vancouverites, pleaseMy health, life and livelihood was utterly devastated by heavy metal and chemical poisoning, so I KNOW firsthand the life destroying consequences of such toxins.

My family, friends and I urgently urge you to do the right thing and protect the health and welfare of Vancouverites and the environment by flatly rejecting the release of toxic wastewater into OUR public sewer system.

There is no way to safely guarantee that
such toxic waste will not contaminate our
greater environment, and even residual
amounts of these substances and its
cumulative implications pose serious
implications for both human and environmental health.

Any decision that does not reject such
a harmful proposal is tantamount to
the violation of the public health and well
being and must not be allowed to stand.

I await to hear an update re. this matter.

Sincerely yours,

Rukshana Engineer
Vancouver, BC
V5W 4B9
4/9/2015WendyHunterDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny this permitAnything which may potentially harm our waterways is a very bad idea. Who would be responsible if anything goes wrong?
How do you fix the problem even if it is discovered?
4/9/2015Ana LRivera-GarciaDogwood InitiativevancouverCoal ProjectAs a citizen of Vancouver I am extremely concerned about human health, safety and environmental impact of coal exports through BC. I fear that the spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust may be harmful for my health and I don't agree with such a project going through without enough information made public about how safe the use of this chemicals is and the lasting negative impact it potentially will leave in our environment.
4/9/2015TantooCardinalDogwood InitiativeTorontowaste permitHave respect for our Earth. These people who create toxins need to realize they have responsiblity for it. Keep Vancouver as a symbol of what we need to respect - land, air, water, quality of life for humans and other beings.
4/9/2015KirstinGulbransenDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverDeny liquid waste permitI work in industrial wastewater treatment and know the challenges presented. Please deny this permit and protect the Lower Mainland from inevitable harm.
4/9/2015DaltonGradyDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey DocksHarms our fellow animals
Harms the environment
Harms humans
4/9/2015ethanfarisDogwood InitiativevancouverOMG NO, Just NODont ruin our river, we are so proud of our environment in Vancouver and British Columbia, its little decisions like this that will ruin the environment for decades and generations to come, just don't do this. please don't
4/9/2015WendyKirklandDogwood InitiativeWoodstockKeep US Coal out of our sewer!!Tell the US to keep their own toxic waste in their own country!!
4/9/2015SerSesDogwood InitiativeVancouverHonesty and IntegrityDear Mr. Grant,

I come from Europe and feel very lucky to be living in the World's most beautiful city.. I come from a place where people do anything for money.. People who choose to destroy their environment for the sake of more profit. The truth behind it all is that once nature is destroyed the people living in their surroundings are destroyed too... Children.. Loved ones... All I ask of you is to please consider the situation carefully, as the trust and health of Vancouver people lies in your hands.

Thank you for your time to read my letter.

Kind regards,

Ser.
4/9/2015JoanMchardyDogwood InitiativeVictoriafraser surrey docksStp pollution in our BC water!
4/9/2015staceymccauslandDogwood InitiativePowell Riverdeny liquid waste permitWe should not be attempting to filter other countries chemicals and toxins through our water systems. The chemicals that are sprayed on coal to reduce the dust include many toxins. We need to err on the side of caution when it comes to introducing unknown chemcials. Please deny this permit.
4/9/2015ElsaCampuzanoDogwood InitiativeTorontoPlease keep U.S. coal out of our sewer.Dear Mr. McGillvray,

I beg you to please do not issue the permit needed for Fraser Surrey Docks to transport coal through British Columbia.

I actually think that the time has come for leader countries to stop using coal in favour of cleaner technologies. Coal is dirty and polluting, and is best kept off our coastal waters, even if its wastewaters are supposedly cleaned---which is not a guarantee.

SIncerely,

EC
4/9/2015RobbinSalewichDogwood InitiativeCalgaryNo liquid waste.Just a stupid idea with dire consequences. Deny it!!!
4/9/2015DonnaAnthonyDogwood InitiativeVancouverWaste water dumped in Fraser RiverDo not allow permits before the impacts are known, and do pay attention to legitimate concerns and respond to citizens in the area.
4/9/2015RobLeesonDogwood InitiativeVancouverwaste water permitI STRONGLY OPPOSE any permit to allow waste water disposal at surrey docks. I understand a ot of the coal shipments are through BC because Oregon and Washington will NOT ALLOW such to happen!
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I DO NOT want my waters polluted to the benefit of "big coal" and at a huge environmental cost to my and future generations!
4/9/2015WILLIAMLYLACKDogwood InitiativeVancouverKeep U.S. coal out of our sewerU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals and would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved. There’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens.
Until Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
4/9/2015DorotheaMoererDogwood InitiativeEdmontonCoal WasteThis product is dangerous because it is toxic. The permit should be denied.
4/9/2015AnnaKraulisDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease Deny Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Grant McGillivray,

The substances in coal surfactants need to be identified and made public. The onus is on Fraser Surrey Docks to prove the treated wastewater would be safe for the salmon in our river, and so far they haven’t.

The coal is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons.

The coal is sprayed with a mixture of chemical surfactants to reduce dust during transportation, but the public doesn’t actually know what’s in that mix.

And there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.

Proceeding without having the answers we deserve would simply be reckless.

Thank you for your consideration.
4/9/2015sheilaellisDogwood InitiativeMississaugawastewater permitYou must not allow this wastewater permit this is a threat to public health and safety, let alone the environment!!!
4/9/2015IanRobertsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo more dangerous goods in the waterways.The fact that in the last 24 hours there was just a large oil spill in Burrard Inlet from a tanker is just one more bit of evidence that the environment is threatened. There is no good reason that coal waste should be allowed in public drinking water treatment plants which weren't designed to treat it, nor do they know what they are treating to test for contamination.
Keep the water safe!!!
4/9/2015Al & LyndaRedlDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterUS Coal coming through out portWe do not want US Coal coming through our ports when there own states such as Oregon and Washington are against having the coal from Wyoming shipped through their ports. So why should we bow down to them to bring it through our beautiful province. Threating our salmon runs in our Fraser River which is already in trouble. The coal dust alone is a threat to our population who suffer from Asthma and many other lung problems.

This is just another example of our government and big corporations not listening to the voters and what we want for ourselves and our future generations.

We live on the quay in New Westminster and will be directly affected by the coal dust as we know the winds can shift up to 4 times in a day. There is no way of avoiding this problem. We already have to deal with the dust from the trains in our area. Please accept our comments and know that we are not in favour of such a proposal. Thank you.
4/9/2015MaryBrownDogwood InitiativeCoquitlamExport of coal and liquid wasteCoal is toxic to the environment, and should not be used in Asia, where there are already pollution problems. Healthy alternatives are available. The toxic heavy metals left by the coal will endanger our sewage system, and eventually our precious water. Please discourage Metro Vancouver from issuing a permit to Surrey Fraser Docks as it would leave us with a terrible mess to clear up, while someone else makes a profit.
4/9/2015MurrayBrownDogwood InitiativeAgassizCoal wasteUntil this technology can be proven to be scientifically safe then I don't want to take a chance on it being used in our province.
4/9/2015Jean-LouisMorganDogwood InitiativeEdmontonDeny A liquid water waste permitI think your recent oil spill should be explanation enough to deny this permit
4/9/2015DaveCreedonDogwood InitiativeBurnabyShipping Coal Waste from USA up in to BCToxic materials should not be shipped anywhere long distance (especially via trains that can go off track), so if the toxic coal can be used in Asia then get it there by shipping from where the coal is being stock piled in the first place=USA!!! Their use, their profits, their problem, ship it in their country!!! They wouldn't take Canada's for nothing. PEACE !!
4/9/2015BrendanMongeonDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo Liquid Coal Waste in the Fraser, PleaseGood afternoon Mr. McGillivray,

I am sure you have received and continue to receive a large amount of opposition to Fraser Surrey Docks' application to discharge liquid waste from coal. Please note for the record that I feel this opposition is meritorious due to the unknown nature of the waste in question. The combination of hydrocarbons and other toxic pollutants inherently present in the coal, combined with the chemicals which will be used for dust mitigation, will doubtlessly have a negative impact on the aquatic flora and fauna in the Fraser River. Please be mindful of the environmental cost of this project while reviewing the permit application.
4/9/2015FaithTakishitaDogwood InitiativeNanaimoCoal WasteThere is no evidence that this coal wastewater will not be harmful to the Fraser River and the life forms (e.g. fish) in it. We should not be the middle guy to provide American coal companies to benefit from shipping to Asia at the expense of our Canadian environmental health.
4/9/2015JakeBurtinshawDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo US Coal IT's ToxicToxic
Causes Cancer
It's a fossil fuel and it's time we followed Germany's lead and started looking at new ways to produce energy.
4/9/2015CatherineHallDogwood InitiativeSurreyProtecting the futureTo Whom it may concern,

As a Bc resident, I want the reputation of this Green province to remain green. Our lakes and rivers are not the places to eliminate any wastes treated or not. I realize that safety checks must be in place for this project to go forward, but no one ever predicts natural disasters, but they are natural. Please be proactive and do not go forward with this project while there is still time to stop it. If there are any salmon left in the fraser river in the future, I hope that they would at least be healthy enough to eat. Please be wary of initiating any project without proper research as to the effects on us all.

Many thanks,

Catherine
4/9/2015RodneyPoldenDogwood InitiativeSalt Spring IslandNo Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.Please deny a permit for liquid waste disposal to Fraser Surrey Docks. There are numerous adverse health effects from the coal shipping process that are likely to be incurred, affecting both the residents of this entire region and the environment they live in. There are no good reasons to agree to sacrifice the well-being of area residents, the health and safety of those who share the watersheds and airsheds that these proposals stand to contaminate. Throughout BC, both local and provincial government bodies are facing enormous and growing costs to remediate sites where previous generations of well-meaning but uninformed decision makers permitted industrial projects to proceed over the objections of those who could see the problems that they created. Mr McGillivray, I urge you most sincerely not to make the same mistake now.
Pumping into the sewers wastewater loaded with industrial chemicals including surfactants and other substances that will not even be publicly known about, will only result in further and more complex problems downstream. In attempting to deal with a very evident air quality hazard, the coal shipping corporations have simply created another hazard to be dealt with by area residents, by wastewater treatment plants and by those who will be affected in and around the Fraser River - humans, fish, and the rest of the biome.
Please support the public good over the short-term interests of a handful of US coal producers and shippers. Environmental carcinogens are becoming an ever-greater problem in Canada, and this is one place you can act to help limit the exposure of our communities and environment to them.
Your responsible decision will be much appreciated by all of us working for a healthy and sustainable BC.
Thank you for the opportunity to address you on this important issue.
4/9/2015Gordon dBowbrickDogwood InitiativeSaywardPlease don't let our beautiful coast get pollutedBeautiful, clean air and water is one of the most important things for living. Let's not ruin them.
4/9/2015gynettemercierDogwood InitiativeWhistlerKeep US.coal out our sewer Je crois que tt transport de matieres dangereuse dois etre verifier et aussi transmis au public concerné de l endroit ou cela part a l endroit ou cela arrive et les riverains eux aussi doivent savoir un peu mieux ou prendre connaissance de ce que , l eau est un element essentiel mais la securite de tous aussi et des recherches +approfondies sur ces matieres sont indispensables
4/9/2015AmandaArmasDogwood InitiativeKamloopscoal wastewe should not be dumping coal dust into public sewer or waterways for that matter. Lets stop polluting today not have to clean up tomorrow.

Please let the U.S. ports handle this, if its so important to make money today at the risk of tomorrow's environment.

Stop coal burning - think global warming.
4/9/2015GlenToporowskiDogwood InitiativeVancouver, CanadaUS Thermal CoalUS thermal coal is full of heavy metals. If this gets into our waste water system, it is a threat to human health and safety.
This is written just at the moment when we have an oil spill taking place in English Bay.
We need protection, not exploitation!
4/9/2015PatriciaFaurotDogwood InitiativeSaltspring IslandDeny liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks#1 Transporting coal is a bad idea
#2 Burning coal is a bad idea
#3 Wastewater from coal is toxic and laden with chemicals
#4 Our sewage system is not designed to handle toxic wastewater from coal
#5 Canadian citizens will not profit from this
#6 Canadian waters will be polluted by this
#7 Given the last 6 points why would anyone approve of this permit?
4/9/2015Susan-RoseSlatkoffDogwood InitiativeVictoriaDON'T ALLOW IT!Impact on the ecosystem -- fish, bird, plants and especially human and animal health.
4/9/2015davebanksDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoalWhy are we polluting our waters with american coal. Heavy metal waste is going to effect fish and wild life down stream. How can this be cost effective given the environmental risk.
4/9/2015christopherjohnstonDogwood InitiativeCoquitlamspraying US coalThis is a bad idea as we do not even know what toxicity is going back into the fraser
4/9/2015christopherjohnstonDogwood InitiativeCoquitlamDeny liquid waste permitIf America is sending it to China, let them wash it in either America or China. Why are we allowing them to wash it in Canada and pollute our waters
4/9/2015AnonymousSurreyPlease DENY Fraser Surrey Docks permit application to dispose of their coal-laden water in the Metro sewage system.Please deny FSD permit application to dispose of their coal-laden water into the Metro sewage system. I am very concerned that FSD does not seem to be able to confirm the contents of the waste with accuracy. Even if they did assure the contents I'm not sure why we would risk contaminating our water systems and damaging the delicate balance of the ecology already under stress from many other factors including climate change (to which coal burning contributed). I don't understand why they are not legislated to properly and safely dispose of the waste, the cost of proper disposal should be built into the cost of doing business (they are profiting from the sale/shipment of the coal and should be paying for the highest standard of safe disposal in our country). Quite honestly it disturbs me that an American company is profiting from the sale of dirty thermal coal which exacerbates our dismal climate change crisis and they now want to use our precious water/land as a toxic waste dump, its like two for one for environmental damage. Please deny their permit application for the sake of Supernatural BC and the future generations that count on us to make the right decisions today.
4/9/2015AnonymousVancouverStopping the coal export expansionWe must not expand the coal export expansion, because it would cause tremendous pollution of water and air and long run negative effect on the fish, marine mammals, and people living near the port. The damage to the environment would be irreversible.
4/9/2015AnonymousSurreyWaste water treatmentPlease add my name to the many, I expect, opposed to the application by Fraser Surrey Docks for the disposal and treatment of the coal dust contaminated waste water. The whole purpose and operational plan of this coal transfer facility is so ill-conceived. The environmental impact of burning coal is well known. Stock-piling coal from trains, transferring it to barges, transporting it down the river to be stock-piled and transferred a second time to ships - it is almost beyond belief that anyone would consider this an efficient process. Of course we all know that the provincial governments ultimate plan is to replace the Massey Tunnel with a bridge to allow ships to dock at the Fraser Surrey Docks where the coal would be transferred directly. But even if that were to happen, we are still faced with the air and water quality problems this facility presents. To address this particular water discharge permit application specifically, can anyone GUARANTEE that our water treatment plant is able to remove ALL of the toxic chemicals and micro-particulates that will be contained in this water before it is discharged into the Fraser River? What about water that just runs off the docks and the equipment straight into the river and then into the Strait? Our salmon, other marine life, and birds that feed on the river and in the Strait are already subject to enough stresses or our doing. Please do not approve the Fraser Surrey Docks water discharge permit. This project must not be allowed to proceed.

Thank you.
4/9/2015AnonymousNorth DeltaLiqiuid Waste Permit Application is a washI am writing to raise grave concerns regarding this outrageous proposal. When are we going to learn we need to start caring for our environment befroe its too late..? This entire idea of Coal Trains being allowed to use the Surrey Docks is archaich and driven by cash profit. The best way to protect our pristine waters is to deny the water permit and work on stricter laws regarding environmental issues to protect mother earth. I do not trust Port Metro of Surrey Docks to provide full disclosure on their actions as they are only concerned about the cash profit. Today there was a spill in English Bay and the effects will be significant. Its time to make a stand and effect change. To deny the Liquid Waste Permit would be the first step in that much need direction.
4/9/2015AnonymousBlaineWaste WaterI love living near the border.
I have many Canadian friends.
I like economic development in B. C.
This is not economic development.
The G. V. R. D. will waste more money taking care of coal waste water than it will ever be worth to B. C.
4/9/2015AnonymousPowell RiverWaste Dishcarge PermitPlease use effective proven technology to treat the water to remove the coal in a primary treatment phase prior to secondary treatment in the sewer system. Please prove that BC is a capable strong industrial province, as it has been built,

If it is desired to not export thermal coal for climate change reasons, then please be transparent about this choice.
4/9/2015SandyRobsonBlaineFraser Surrey Docks proposal liquid waste permitI live in Birch Bay, WA and I'm concerned about the health of the Salish Sea and about how industry is negatively affecting the water quality and human life, marine life, wildlife, and plant life that are sustained by it.

The Gateway Pacific Terminal is proposed to be built about 2 miles from my home. Fraser Surrey Docks about 30 miles from my home. Our threatened and adversely impacted waterways here; rivers, streams, and sea, need overseeance and assistance in order to become healthier in order to sustain healthy sea life and in turn healthy land life.

Fishing, tourism, recreation, farming, quality of life, and life itself are all at stake if our waters fail us. Coal projects have plenty of ways to emit toxins in our waters and wastewater is surely one of them. There is no way to be certain that wastewater treatment plants can filter chemicals and toxins out when we don't even know what all the chemicals are that need to be filtered.

Along the coal export rail route companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce coal dust, but we don't know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because project proponents won't disclose that information.

I live about one mile (as the crow flies) from BP Cherry Point and the smell that comes from their wastewater treatment is awful, so bad that J have had to report that awful of if yo the Northwest Clean Air Agency about 50+ times over the last couple years. I have to close my home windows on those days when it smells. The NW Clean Air Agency has not remedied the situation at all. I can not even enjoy the air outside my home on those days. And, there have been many more occasions than 50. I just can't call them every single time; it's just so hard to do.

What we can do is to NOT allow any more toxic projects to be developed during this critical period of time, especially projects involving our waterways. We (WA) share waterways with B.C. The health of the planet is in the balance. I am pleading with you to deny the permit. Thank you in advance for coming to the reasonable conclusion to deny the permit for Fraser Surrey Docks waste-water sewage.
4/9/2015PaulaWilliamsCommunities and CoalSurreyWaste Water Permit ApplicationDear Mr. McGillvary,

Firstly, as a resident of the lower mainland, I am appreciative of the opportunity to comment on Fraser Surrey Docks' waste water permit application. Thank you for opening up the comment period to the public.

Secondly, after reviewing the application, along with the sewage bylaw, it has raised many concerns, a few of which I will try to summarize below:

1. Reduction at Source: As part of the Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Ministers of the Environment, and the Integrated Liquid Waste Resource Management Plan, it is important to note that two of the key commitments for both are to reduce pollutants at source, and to avoid sanitary sewer overflows (from the inclusion of storm water). These two points are key as it relates to the Fraser Surrey Docks' (FSD) application as they are asking you to do the opposite. By granting the permit, Metro would be going in the opposite direction of these commitments. Further, the Metro Sewage bylaw states that Storm Water is not allowed (which is the source of 85 percent of FSD's coal-laden water). A careful examination should be made on how much water FSD intends to use and what impacts it will have on the Annacis treatment capacity and its associated costs.

Further, it is important to have a clear understanding of the mining source FSD intends to receive its coal. Up to this point, FSD has not given us a definite source of their coal, which changes their conclusions. If a source can be confirmed, a new lab analysis of the coal, along with testing for suspended solid treatment should be conducted to better analyze PAHs, Toxic Metals, pH values, etc. All lab reports should be made available to understand how the tests were conducted.

2. Dust Suppression Agents: According to the FSD documents, it is unclear as to which suppression agents FSD promises to use. Many of the Material Safety Data Sheets raise questions as to the safety of these substances, including carcinogenic ingredients, and potential impacts to the marine environment, should the Annacis Treatment Plant not be able to treat these chemicals.

Further, they may end up in high concentrations (along with the heavy metals) within the bio-solids rendering them unusable.

3. Irrigation: It should be noted that Delta uses the 80th Street Irrigation Pump Station to pull water from the Fraser River and use for agricultural operations. Without a clear understanding of contaminates, and the ability to treat them, they have the potential to end up in our food chain.

In summary, I don't think industrial waste of this type has a place in the Metro Sewage System. The contaminated water can never be “cleaned” 100%. If this permit is granted, it has the potential to negatively impact ourselves, our environment, and the animals who live in and around the extremely important Fraser River.

Regards,

Paula Williams
4/9/2015AnonymousAxton Road B&BBellinghamFraser Surrey Docks liquid waste permit proposalMy wife and I run a small bed & breakfast just north of Bellingham, WA, USA. We have been residents of Washington State for almost 2 decades now, and locally I have been involved in political activity against coal trains and oil trains. While a retired associate professor of medicine, my more recent teaching has been in the areas of energy systems and climate change, including for Western Washington University's Academy for Lifelong Learning.

In these contexts I have had the opportunity to review data from the United States Geologic Survey concerning trace contaminants in Powder River Basin coal, including mercury, cobalt, lead, antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium and uranium. One specific reference is a document compiled by G.D. Stricker and M.S. Ellis in U.S Geological Survey Professional Paper 1625-A, publishing data on major-, minor-, and trace-element contents analyzed from samples of coal in the PRB.

Mercury in particular is problematic, with known skin, neurologic and other toxicities. Over the last century the levels of marine mercury have doubled, almost exclusively from the handling and combustion of coal worldwide. Bellingham is directly traversed by the coal trains heading to the Westshore Terminal, and would be as well by trains heading for the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks and its planned transshipment of subbituminous coal ramping up to 8 million tonnes. Coal dust contamination from rail lines, barges, terminals and ships is a real and present public health risk, and potentially directly affects us individually.

The other overt reason to be opposed to this whole project is that all the data from the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change clearly indicate that 60-80% of fossil fuels in the ground globally must be left in situ if we are to avoid truly catostrophic climate disruption. The best sequestration of carbon by far is to not remove the fossil fuels from the ground in the first place.

Management of subbituminous coal [with its risk of spontaneous combustion] entails significant water usage. Comingling the discharge water with municipal sewage is exceedingly problematic and even thoughtless in terms of these risks, as there is no effective removal of mercury and other heavy metals. I respectfully request and strongly urge you to deny the liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks for there is no acceptable rationale for putting these materials without any adequate treatment into our regional waters.
4/9/2015LauraOrlandoBoston University School of Public HealthBostonRe: Fraser Surrey Docks' Wastewater Discharge ApplicationDear Mr. McGillivray:

I am writing in support of efforts to deny Fraser Surrey Docks' permit to discharge coal wastewater into the Metro Vancouver Sewer System.

The grounds for my position are based on my expertise of sewage treatment andalso toxic substances and their exposure pathways. If the permit is granted, the Metro Vancouver Sewer System will become an exposure pathway for heavy metals, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, and other toxins in coal, along with the surfactants used in dust suppression by Fraser Surrey Docks. The Fraser River will receive chemicals that partition to the wastewater (hydrophilic compounds) and the treatment facility's sewage sludge will receive toxins that partition to the solids (hydrophobic compounds) [1]. Public and environmental health will be at risk on both accounts.

The discharge of treated wastewater into receiving waters and the disposal of sewage sludge on land are known to bring a vast array of contaminants into receiving water bodies and food supplies [2]. Adding coal wastewater discharges will only add a financial, environmental, and public health burden to Vancouver's publicly owned treatment works. Vancouver's efforts to protect its receiving waters should include preventing toxins from entering the sewer system in the first place [3]. Metro Vancouver is presented with an opportunity to show environmental leadership by denying Fraser Surrey Docks' wastewater discharge permit for the Direct Transfer Coal Facility.


Sincerely,





Laura Orlando, Civil Engineer, MPA
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
[email protected]



1. Orlando, Laura and Clapp, Richard, eds. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health, Vol. 12 (4) 2002
2. U.S. Geological Survey, “National Reconnaissance of Pharmaceuticals, Hormones, and Other Organic Wastewater Contaminants in Streams of the U.S., 1999-2000.” http://toxics.usgs.gov/regional/emc_surfacewater.html

3. Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America, “Moving Forward With Pollution Prevention in North America: A Progress Update,” August 2004. http://www3.cec.org/islandora/en/item/2143-moving-forward-pollution-prevention-in-north-america-en.pdf
4/9/2015AnonymousSurreyPlease Keep British Columbia BeautifulI am writing to request that Metro Vancouver take a serious stance against allowing Fraser Surrey Docks to flush their toxic US Thermal Coal effluence into our Greater Vancouver sewage system. The reasons are many, including stress to the existing system; our own (human) personal present and future needs; the immense cost of necessary upgrades required to manage such waste; the toll such waste would take on streams, rivers and our coastline and all the flora and fauna that exist in these places; the damage toxic ground water would do to what's left of our agricultural land; the "proprietary" facts Fraser Surrey Docks refuses to divulge; the USA is already refusing to support their own country's export because of these same risks - why should we accept them? Any short term gain is not worth the certain long term cost and damage to our precious resources.

In the not too distant future China will be forced to find new and cleaner power solutions, at which time the export of US thermal coal will become all but obsolete as will all the newly built infrastructure, at the port and of our sewer system. Our Beautiful British Columbia coastline will be left a toxic sledge-filled wasteland, our tax-payers footing the bill for years to come.

Please protect our waterways, our coastline, the flora and fauna and the people who call this place home.
4/9/2015AnonymousSurreyLiquid Waste Treatment Permit applicationMy concerns about the permitting of Fraser Surrey Docks to the Annacis Treatment plant are several.

The key concern is the number of unanswered questions as well as the poor record of public accountability from FSD in the past.

Specifically,

1) There is a huge concern I have with respect to the degree/extent to which Metro Sewage, and the Annacis Waste Treatment plant, can handle and treat the dust suppressants. The proposed dust suppressant, contains a known human carcinogen (DUSTREAT 6109).
Thus far, it is not clear whether this substance can and if so in what manner be treated. As well, what is the likelihood/expected success of treatment of this substance. Carcinogenic matter needs to be, of course, treated with great concern. The dust suppressant usage will be substantial and episodic, depending on the weather. This increases public uncertainty, understandably, raising concerns about the overall
credibility of the proposal.

2) Chitosan is mentioned as a flocculant to remove suspended solids. The extent of suspended solids will likely be substantial, especially if , as expected, the amount of coal coming to the docks will double by year 2, from 4 million to 8 million tonnes.
Therefore, since the high concentration of nitrogen in Chitosan will have potentially significant negative impacts to the environment, it is important we know how this substance will be treated; what is the likely success expected from treatment of this substance?
What is the evidence from other similar uses of successful treatment of Chitosan? Is their literature from recognized experts to support this treatment? These are all issues which have not been addressed in explanation, and Fraser Surrey Docks, as the proponent, is wanting to get approval from the Metro Vancouver Liquefied Waste permit department. However, as an advocate in protection to the public, it behooves Metro Vancouver to be extremely diligent in permitting something of which we still have many questions, especially a health of the public and the habit of the Fraser River is in question here. Balance is important. On balance, this question has not been answered

3) The percentage of toxic metals and the questions, of compliance or adherence to Environmental Management Act standards, raises further public concerns about approval of this waste permit application.
While the application from FSD includes reference to several chemicals and the acceptable district amounts, several including (PAH's) benizo (a) pyrene, indeno (1,2,3-cd) pyrene, Barium, Tin, (Organic) Phenol, as well as vanadium and tellurium and the presence of uranium, were not tested for according to the application by FSD. and yet they appear in the EMA listing of chemicals. This points to concerns about the total chemicals involved which may have substantial impact, over the term, without the public knowing the consequences.

4) With respect to the coal effluence/waste which will flow into the North Surrey Interceptor I wonder about where this will go and what impact it may have on the adjoining farmlands, as there are concerns that this interceptor feeds into eventual irrigation of farmland of at least Delta and perhaps other surrounding municipalities, such as Richmond.

These are some of the chemical issues which concern me. Overall, the
degree to which FSD has been forthcoming raises issues of credibility, for which Metro Vancouver is the necessary public adjudicator over.
You have a complex and most difficult job, to both accept or reject permit applications while monitoring your role as a public steward, supported by public tax coffers. In the end, it is incumbent upon Metro Vancouver to error on the side of caution in the matter of such potential impact to the public, both individually and collectively. Considering these and so many other submissions of concern, and your public role in this adjudication, I believe it is necessary that you deny the permit at this time.Thanks you for consideration of these comments.
4/9/2015WilliamSneddonSurreyLiquid waste permitPlease deny this liquid waste permit application for Fraser Surrey Docks.
If this project obtains all the required approvals , it will adversely affect the integrity of the Fraser River.
The multitude of objections and reasons why this whole idea of shipping US thermal coal through Canada to China have been clearly documented on numerous occasions by thousands of people over the past couple of years.
It makes no sense whatsoever.
4/9/2015HaroldRoperSAVE BIRCH BAY; RE-SOURCESBlaineWaste Water Treatment at Fraser-Surrey proposed coal dockOne might wonder why a resident of Birch Bay would be concerned about what you are considering. The answer is that what you ,as our good neighbors impact us rather directly. Our house overlooks Birch Bay waters and we can see many, perhaps hundreds of logs, which are brought into our bay by the currents from the Fraser River. We are not upset by the logs, but we certainly do not want your fouled sewage water. We are firmly opposed to the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal and we feel overrun by fossil fuel big money. Please do not add to our distress by dumping your waste water,
4/9/2015AnonymousLangleyKeep US Liquid Waste Out of Our SewersRegarding the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal, I urge Metro Vancouver to halt the project in face of the unaddressed human and environmental health concerns. In particular, keeping the rearing habitat of the Fraser River White Sturgeon free of contaminants should be a priority. The prior FSD evaluation on the impact of synthetic surfactants and bioavailability of chemicals harmful to the White Sturgeon and ecosystem health has been inadequate. As well, bringing 4 to 8 million metric tonnes of coal from the USA is not the direction Metro Vancouver should take, given the increasingly dire warnings from the international scientific community about climate change. I urge you once again to stop the FSD project, if not once and for all, then until all of the human health and environmental concerns voiced by the public and by organizations like Voters Taking Action on Climate Change and Communities and Coal and Fraser River Keepers are thoroughly addressed. Thank you.
4/9/2015JohnCantrellcitizen of CANADAvancouverWaste water permitI,m a citizen of Canada a resident land owner in Vancouver, tax payer, and i want the city of vancouver to refuse fraser river docks liquid waste water permit application, THIS IS POLUTION WE DONT NEED STOP IT TO DAY WE,RE HAVING TO CLEANT UP AN OIL SPIL IN ENGLISH BAY ENOUGH !!!!
4/9/2015AnonymousLasqueti IslandCoal Dust WastePlease say a big "NO" to the Fraser Surry Proposal to dump their toxic waste into an all ready over taxed system. The health implications are huge. Please say "NO". Sincerely Dazy Drake
4/9/2015AnonymousResources...plus myselfBellinghamFraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal FaciliyI am very AGAINST this proposal, due to the coal dust contamination and very potential spills of coal, oil, etc. into the Fraser River waterways, as well as the Salish Sea, upper portions of Puget Sound, and so on. These are OUR waters as much as they are Canadian. And the prospects of---or rather---"high possibilities of" there being spills into these waterways is too great and would be devastating to the ecology of these waters. The lead, cadmium, mercury, and coal itself would affect the baby salmon and other river creatures and destroy their natural environment, ecology, and so on. In short, we DON'T want "your waste" in our waters!
4/9/2015JenniferWilsonTrinity Lutheran ChurchDeltaOur community refuses coal transport through North DeltaOur faith community, Trinity Lutheran Church, established over 100 years ago on the banks of the Fraser River refuses the environmental impact that increased coal transport inflicts on human and ecological systems such as Burns Bog and multiple schools and residential neighborhoods.
4/9/2015AnonymousBurke Mountain NaturalistsPort MoodyComments on Waste Management Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksApril 9, 2015

Liquid Waste Regulation and Enforcement Division
Metro Vancouver

To Whom It May Concern:

The Burke Mountain Naturalists are a group of approximately 250 members who reside mainly in the Tri-Cities area of Metro Vancouver. We take a keen interest in environmental issues and wish to ensure that future generations in this area will experience the same impressive biodiversity that we currently enjoy and will live in an environment that is as healthy or better than the one in which we currently live. We are also very concerned about the impacts from global warming such as ocean acidification and loss of glaciers.

We are opposed to the issuing of this permit from Metro Vancouver to Fraser Surrey Docks to discharge wastewater from a proposed coal washing facility into the sanitary system. Their wastewater discharge will be large in volume (15,834 cubic meters/yr containing 600mg/litre of total suspended solids) which could increase if the operation is expanded from handling 2 million tonnes of coal up to 8 million tonnes in the near future.

Thermal coal has a high mercury content and it contains other heavy metals such as arsenic and selenium which would have deleterious impacts on the marine environment into which it would be ultimately released. This contaminated wastewater does not mysteriously disappear once discharged into the sanitary sewer. It will end up the Salish Sea and has potential to pollute the food chain. In addition to heavy metals, the coal wastewater will also contain phenols, volatile organic compounds, sulphate, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, some of which are bioaccumulative and known carcinogens. Our orcas are presently the most contaminated marine mammal on the planet. We should not be adding this large additional load of pollutants into the Salish Sea which is their home. We are also concerned about impacts on salmon (ultimately many of which are eaten by people) and other species including some at risk, such as the Fraser River sturgeon and eulachon. Furthermore we cannot the support the loss of any additional riparian and aquatic habitat which construction of this facility would entail.

We are also concerned that, while Fraser Surrey Docks claims to have undertaken a full chemical analysis, they did not use coal from the source from which they will be receiving shipments, but rather from coal sourced from another mine. This is unacceptable. We feel any analysis they have done should be repeated with coal from the same source as will be shipped through the facility.

An additional concern is that the wastewater will become acidified and thus have the potential to add acidity to the waters in the Salish Sea once it is treated and released. We find this unacceptable as the increasing acidity in the waters of the Salish Sea due to global warming is already imperiling the survival of some marine organisms such as crustaceans.

The permit does not explain where the wastewater will go once it is discharged into the sanitary sewer, and which waste treatment facility will handle this waste. The Iona facility is outdated and it is not clear what chemical contaminants, if any, would be removed if the wastewater was “treated” there. In addition, it is not clear how or where solid material containing pollutants collected in the Fraser Surrey Dock sediment ponds will be safely disposed. If the waste treatment facility at Metro Vancouver needs to be upgraded to handle such large volumes of toxic waste, who will pay the costs of this upgrade? It should not be borne by people who live in Metro Vancouver. It is important that a full cost accounting analysis be done so that we can understand all the associated costs and impacts that could accrue to the population of Metro Vancouver from this proposed project.

We are also opposed to the use of large volumes of surfactants which are known to impair gill function in fish and have a number of harmful effects on aquatic organisms. The MSDS sheet for the proposed dust suppressant lists a range of human health hazards which likely also indicates a health hazard for other animals. We are also concerned that the proposed facility is directly upstream from rearing habitat for the Fraser River sturgeon. We are shocked that Fraser Surrey Docks apparently did not consider the White Sturgeon in their EIA as a species of concern.

While the amount of coal to be handled in the first year is expected to be 2 million tonnes, that number will double in years 2-5. In addition, the facility could easily expand to handle 8 million tonnes per year. This would be an unacceptable increase in the quantity of pollutants entering the sanitary system for ultimate discharge into the Salish Sea.

Through the Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan, Metro Vancouver has committed to protect public health and the environment. Approval of this permit would be a truly retrograde step. Metro Vancouver is supposed to be keeping pollutants out of the sewer system through pollution prevention programs so it should not be accepting such a large new source of toxic and carcinogenic pollutants. The solution to pollution is never dilution into the marine environment. Please say no to this application for a permit to discharge harmful chemicals into the Salish Sea.

Sincerely
Elaine Golds
Education-Conservation Chair
Burke Mountain Naturalists
4/9/2015GeraldMackieNone - Private citizenDelta, BCU.S. Thermal CoalI find it incredible that we are even entertaining the idea of dumping this coal laden waste water into our sewer system. I am very concerned about the down stream problems this will cause to our environment in general and to our salmon in particular.
I also feel very distressed that this entire project is proceeding and that our objections to it seem to have fallen l on deaf ears and all for the benefit of the owners of these US mines.
4/9/2015AnonymousVancouverFraser Surry Docks Waste Discharge permitThis is just insane! When are we ever going to take the polluting of our planet seriously?
4/9/2015AnonymouspersonalBlaine, Washington USAclean water:in, out, Fraser River, Salish SeaThe amount of water expected to be used at the proposed Cherry Point/GPT coal terminal in Washington State is horrendous; I have to assume the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal's use of water is proportionate. Clean water is a main life force in the lower mainland as it is in Washington: for humans and the food chain, for aquatic species as well as for recreation. Taxpayers pay for sewage systems to help keep the waters (ground/river/strait/ocean) as clean as possible; treatment plants keep on top of what actually is in the water being treated by the sewer system. Coal contains a whole different mixture of waste/chemicals/solids than what is now being treated. Who will have the expertise to analyze and KEEP UP WITH the contents of the proposed discharge? Industries change processes over the years (for efficiency/balance sheet/changes in product) and thus the output (e.g. effluent going into sewer system) changes too. We are part of an 'inland sea' which is very fragile. Looking at the cost/benefit of this proposal, I see way more negatives than positives. Who actually is going to benefit from the proposal versus the many humans/plants/animals that will be affected if something goes wrong or something was not anticipated? This proposal needs a lot more looking at than simply "How much discharge can be treated?" The bigger is issue is the potential harm to our aquatic environment as well as the 'best use' of our water resources. Have you (Metro Sewage) the expertise (and time and money) to analyze the potential harm from this project? I think it unlikely and ask that you deny the permit.
4/9/2015AnonymousWhite Rock, BCNo toI am strongly apposed to FSD plans to ship 4 million metric tonnes of U.S. thermal coal annually with potential to increase shipments to 8 million metric tonnes in future. The reason for my opposition is the adverse effects that are caused by multiple open train cars of coal passing through White Rock to get to FSD. The prevailing wind currents that flow from the ocean into White Rock carry clouds of coal dust from the coal cars into our city. My husband and I live about 1/4 mile inland and uphill from the rail way tracks. Our elevated patio faces the ocean and the rail way tracks. We are constantly wiping black grit off our patio surface and patio furniture at the present time, so I can only anticipate increased coal dust exposure if coal train traffic increases. I feel this is a health hazard.
4/9/2015AnonymousDeltaCoal Waste WaterNo. Do not approve this coal waste water process. The harm to the environment is likely and at minimum cannot be pre-determined to be "safe".
The U.S.A. citizens do not want their own coal distribution for the very reason we should not.
Human health, water, plant and animal health is precious and should be kept from harm.
4/9/2015AnonymousLasqueti IslandWaste DischargeI absolutely oppose FSD disposing it's liquid waste into the sewer system. This puts the onus onto the city to ensure the safety of our environment, not the responsibility of a private company who is profiting. It is an easy fix for FSD and potentially a long term problem for the city and the surrounding coastal communities.
4/9/2015ChristineWestlandSAVE BIRCH BAY; RE-SOURCESBlaineFraser Surrey Docks Waste Discharge Permit ApplicationThe Permit Application for waste removable from a proposed coal shipping facility apparently calls for the waste to be funneled into local septic systems. Once again, here is a problem that cannot be sustainably mitigated. Waste from coal contains heavy metals which are toxic and other materials which will not be good, even where sewage is stored. For it all has to be treated properly before it can be discharged. In short, I am again doing this and hope you will consider my opinion.

Adding pollution to more pollution does not make sense. Further, dumping into the Fraser River should be a felony, as it is a lifeline to people for hundreds of miles. Our oceans, rivers, and lakes are NOT dumping grounds!!! They serve a holy purpose in the ecosystem, bringing life to the land. We need to find a better way to dispose of toxic waste, since I imagine that by putting into septic tanks may really clog them, or at the least will cost many dollars to separate out the heavy metals from the normal waste - "someone else's problem" - right???

In the short time that humans have industrialized the world using primarily using coal, we have innocently managed to change the chemical make-up of our fragile, but well-balanced ecosystem. We are late in the game of changing our ways, but we must cut way back on the use of coal immediately in order to avoid many life extinctions. When you know that the poles are melting, and the methane under the permafrost is about to explode into the atmosphere; when you know that the oceans have warmed enough to upset species and the food chain; when you know that the ocean is also changing to be more acidic (by about 30%), causing the demise of the shellfish industry and coal reefs, than you know it's way past time to GET OFF COAL.

Fraser-Surry Docks will be a relatively small terminal compared to GPT, here at Cherry Point. We live within a 5 mile radius of that point. We don't want or need more coal pollution. We don't want or need more of the Salish Sea to be despoiled by toxics, causing salmon and other important subsistence sea life to disappear. COAL is ruining our lives, our health, and our future. We may not have a future. Therefore:

I STRONGLY OPPOSE THE FRASER SURREY COAL TERMINAL, INCLUDING A BAD PLAN FOR DISPOSING THE WASTE FROM THAT SITE. I do not lie in Canada, but I'm just across the border in Birch Bay. I consider our natural resources to be sacred and needing protection from the greedy corporations whose only focus is on money. These wealthy corporations should be spending their profits on ways to make our planet healthier instead of ignoring the reality of what is being done.

Please help save the Salish Sea and the life therein and DUMP YOUR PLANS.

Christine Westland
Birch Bay, WA 98230
4/9/2015AnonymousDeltaFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit application and the whole US Thermal coal project in the Lower Mainland.Please, please, please do not allow Fraser Surrey Dock's application to discharge coal contaminated waste water into our Metro Vancouver Sewer System. As a North Delta homeowner who lives just up the hill from Fraser Surrey Docks, I am terribly concerned about the potential damage the ENTIRE PROJECT could do.

The potential for steadily encroaching, subtle contamination of land and water habitat - not to mention disastrous accidents - is more than I, as a taxpayer and responsible citizen am willing to accept. From the big picture, potential environmental damage in the Lower Mainland, in our waterways and on Texada Island; to the personal health havoc that coal dust would bring to all who regularly breath in its contaminants; to the impact that additional noise from trains and a transfer facility would have on our hearing,concentration and serenity; to the devaluation of property values along the proposed train routes and in the area of the transfer facilities in the Lower Mainland; to the dangerous extra minutes added to first responders' travel time to emergencies; to something as trivial and irritating as not being able to hang my clothes out to dry in the sunshine because of fine coal particulate in the air - all are good reasons to once and for all DECLINE TO ALLOW THIS COAL PROJECT. As this whole project does not bring significant, enduring employment to us and is environmentally irresponsible both for Canada and for China (imagine how burning this fuel will further exacerbate China's terrible smog crisis, and, by extension, add to planetary woes), WHY is there such a concerted push by government and big business on both sides of the the Canada/US border to force this on us? Watcom County residents have rightly refused to allow US coal trains and coal transfer stations in their jurisdiction. So now you want us to submit to this? Listen to your citizens! Be responsible, thoughtful leaders and decision makers! Please do NOT allow Fraser Surrey Docks' application to discharge coal contaminated waste water into Metro Vancouver's Sewer System. Better yet, do not allow US thermal coal to come through our communities at all!
4/9/2015AnonymousDeltaCoal PirtI do not support the Coal Trains coming to the Fraser Surrey Docks.
1.I do not want any more pollutant waste in our neighbourhood from the coal or fumes from the trucks connected with this venture.
2. I Do not want anymore truck traffic in our neighbourhood resulting from the coal dispersal.
3. Traffic in Delta/Surrey due to the Fraser/Surrey docks and port is overwhelming due to trucks, dangerous, our roads are constantly having to be repaired.

NO NO NO
4/8/2015PatCaraherDogwood InitiativeVancouverDon't share my sewer with coal wasteU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals

They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust.

Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

There are too many questions.

Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/8/2015JanetBinghamDogwood InitiativePowell RiverNo coal in the sewage systemThe sewage system is not designed to handle the chemicals in coal dust or the surfactants sprayed on the dust to hold it down. Please do not approve of adding this stuff to the system.
4/8/2015LeonChabotDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease deny Liquid waste permitIt cannibalizes our investment and interests in our natural gas industry.

It won't produce significant employment gains or bring justifiable profits to the BC economy.

When US companies come to Canada because they cannot get permission to do this in their own country, it is an indicator that the business is undesirable.
4/8/2015LarandaOdellDogwood InitiativeVirdenNoThis is such a ridiculous idea. Tell them to clean their wastewater if they need to produce it, not to just spew it off somewhere that will be harmed by it. Make them take responsibility for their actions.
4/8/2015LaurelFelberDogwood InitiativeBellinghamFraser Surrey Dock waste permitI live in Bellingham, Washington and we are seeing increased train traffic in our area. I am concerned about pollution from coal carrying trains (pollution from coal, diesel, noise). We are seeing traffic snares which impact local businesses and emegency responce systems. I am concerned about increased shipping in our area and its impact in ocean waters, the fishing industry and marine life. I am also very concerned about these trains and burning coal which will increase ocean acidification and climate change. We only have one planet and we share the air, water and the environment. Let's protect this for future generations. Thank you, Laurel Felber
4/8/2015BillSchramDogwood InitiativeGabriolaPollutionIn this day and age this permit makes no sense. What do you think you are doing? Aside from Tar Sands Coal is about the dirtiest fuel there is, not to mention the most dangerous type of minning. To take the risk this permit creates is wrong for the above stated reasons. It is also wrong to allow anyone to further the use of fossil fuels. Please rethink this permit.
4/8/2015BarbFraserDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo to Filthy Coal from US or China!Water is a public resource and is NOT yours to sell off to the highest corporate or foreign bidder! This idea is obscene! and it is GREED and GREED alone that is the power or force behind it! Further, we all know that this will pollute our water, it is not a matter of if but simply when! We get the desperation behind the filthy coal industry and indeed the desperation generally of our friendly neighbour to the south and our friends in China! However, this is NOT the way! Any thinking individual can see that, that is…any individual not blinded by corporate greed! If I, as an individual citizen proposed this, I would be accused, and rightly so! of Treason! How many times do we have to say No! I was born in this beautiful city and province and I am getting weary of saying it, but will continue to do so when and wherever it is necessary! I would say where is the ethics?…but ethics when discussing the coal industry is a bit of an oxymoron now isn't it?No! to the US coal and oil industry and NO! to China's coal and oil industry too! For Shame on the city councils of Surrey and Vancouver and the province of BC for even considering this!NO! NO! NO! R u hearing me now?
4/8/2015BarbLeighDogwood InitiativeBurnabycoal port wastewaterWe already have many inappropriate substances in our waste water (ex: endocrine disrupters) putting human and animal health at risk. We can't control or remedy the current problems - please don't add to it.
4/8/2015CherryMeadleyDogwood InitiativeWest VancouverNO to Liqiid Waste Permit for Surrey DocksThere is no proof our sewer system can safely manage coal waste water. It is foolhardy to issue a permit for this disposal of coal waste water without proof and further to ask for the opinions of citizens without providing suitable disclosure that supports such a permit.
4/8/2015YoniLeviDogwood InitiativeVancouverdumpingno dumping should occur without knowing what is being dumped.
4/8/2015RobinJacobsLasquetiPlease say no to to polluting coalThe proposal for this coal export facility in the US and Canada is very disturbing to me. Any short-term profit gained will be negated a hundred times by the polluting impact on this beautiful and irreplaceable ecosystem, home to many vulnerable species of sea life, as well as local families with developing children likely to be negatively impacted. I am asking that you say NO to any plans that continue to harm our planet. Climate change is already impacting us, yet we continue to take coal from the ground and continue to burn it in direct contradiction to scientific evidence demonstrating its devastating effect.

I strongly advise against putting this waste water discharge through your water treatment facility. Is the treatment facility going to be able to handle millions of gallons of water containing lead, cadmium and mercury and other carcinogens? Will the settling ponds be properly lined and what precautions will be put into place if there is a break or overflow? Are you prepared to let this water (treated or not) enter into the Fraser drainage area where the carcinogens will expose the young Salmon as well as other species to harmful toxins? Please stop this short-sighted plan before it goes any farther.
4/8/2015Dr RonAbrahamsVancouverCoal waste waterIt is inexcusable to even think -let alone permit - the discharge of coal dust waste water into vamcouver,s waste water system.
Soft coal is a polluting energy that should not be supported in any manner
I submit that vancouver should not support this energy source in any way or manner
Ron Abrahams MD
4/8/2015AnonymousLasqueti Is.Fraser Surrey Dock proposal to use Metro Vancouver's Sewer System for Liquid WastePutting even treated waste water into the Metro Vancouver sewage system in my opinion is a hazardous choice. It will mean more pollution threatening the already threatened salmon and other aquatic life. We have to stop putting more and more stresses on our environment and natural world. For the health of us humans too, it is a poor choice to add more toxic waste into our environment. As well as the fact that this proposal is ultimately facilitating the transport of this dusty coal and the environmental and health hazards that poses, as well as the terrible problem of adding to global warming by burning of this coal. I urge you to not approve this proposal by Fraser Surrey Dock regarding liquid waste.
4/8/2015GrahamAllannoneLasquetiMore dumping of waste in the Fraser RiverHow can you honestly see any positives in further jeopardizing the life-blood of the entire province? And for what? So a few people can make money while the whole world watches their children die? No salmon, no clean air, and further global warming - I think that if you can't figure this one out, you should seriously consider your positions as decision-makers.
4/8/2015AnonymousVan AndaFSD waste discharge permitPlease reject the waste discharge permit application by Fraser Surrey Docks. The proposal has not been favourably assessed by qualified biologists. Its terms and operational parameters represent a hazard to the ecological integrity of the Fraser River and its lower delta. It should not be allowed.
4/8/2015AnonymousDeltaFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit contravenes Sewer Use Bylaw 299Please deny this waste discharge permit application so that the known carcinogens and toxic material associated with coal dust can be prevented from entering our water system under Sewer Use Bylaw 299.
4/8/2015PeggySchickDeltaSewer Use Bylaw 299I am opposed to issuing the waste water discharge permit that would allow potentially toxic contaminants to enter Vancouver's water system and the Fraser River.
4/8/2015AnonymousNew WestminsterThermal coalThe Fraser River is a critical economic and environmental resource for the lower mainland and all of British Columbia. Any negative consequences associated with thermal coal, and in this case its waste-water, will be disastrous to the aquatic system, the environment, and consequently the economy of the Provence. Please use caution and due diligence when considering the application for waste water treatment.
4/8/2015AnonymousN/ADeltaFraser Surrey Docks Waste Discharge Permit ApplicationI request Metro Vancouver Sewerage Control Manager to veto the FSD application for a liquid waste permit in regard to the proposed coal port to be built in Surrey.
I understand the application if approved will permit SFD to dispose of water used to gather coal dust particles from the transportation of American coal to China at the proposed coal facility. The contaminated water if approved will have 600ppm. Metro Vancouver for a Effluent Permit for waste water requires contaminates to be 50ppm. The coal dust have many mineral contaminates of which,as understood,have not all been identified by SFD. As we already know the eco-system within and bout the Fraser River have already been greatly effected by the industries and human pollution and further pollution, if this application is permitted, will indeed be a much greater strain on Fraser River eco-system.
The coal in question that is being exported is American coal which is much softer than the Canadian coal being shipped out of Roberts Bank port. Therefore, this coal will have more dusting and create more small particles to be dispersed within the water treatment then being experienced at Roberts Bank. It is well known that the American states of Washington, Oregon and California have turned down such coal ports in question from their coastal waters because of the danger on their environment from the coal particles and from the additional hazards from transporting by trains.
Transportation by trains introduced many more arguments in the danger to the communities in which they will travel. That is another topic which needs to be considered in the need to stop this application.
I urge Metro Vancouver to not approved the issuing of the liquid waste permit to SFD.
4/8/2015AnonymousLasqueti IslandFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationPlease do NOT issue this permit.

Regardless of whether the application meets your specific requirements, I implore you to not approve and issue a waste discharge permit to Fraser Surrey Docks for the simple reason that we have to stop burning fossil fuels...NOW!

Just look around your Metro area: there are countless signs of catastrophic climate change and this is one of the least affected areas on the planet.

Continuing to facilitate the burning of fossil fuels is beyond foolish...it's simply suicidal. I hope you can go home to your family at the end of the day and look your kids in the eye when they ask you what you've done to ensure our species' survival.

Thank you for considering this submission in advance of your decision.

Sincerely,
Dave Olsen
4/8/2015AnonymousDeltaLiquid Waste Permit Application for Fraser Surrey DocksI am opposed to the granting of this permit for the following reasons:

1. The contents of the liquid waste are more toxic than other liquid waste materials that currently have permits.
2. The liquid waste permit is for a significant amount of material.
3. There is no guarantee that this product is as benign as being stated.
4. The liquid waste is the product of a business that should not occur at Surrey Docks.
5. Surrey Docks is well equipped for businesses that are more beneficial to the Canadian economy. Using this port as a conduit for US business is a waste of precious industrial waterfront land.
6. The Fraser River needs better protection than is offered by this permit.
4/8/2015LynnWalkerCommunities and CoalSurreyFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationI do not agree with this proposal to discharge waste water from a coal loading facility into the Metro Vancouver sewer system.

Coal (and the diesel engines that bring the coal) are toxic. I add my support to the letter of September 23, 2014, written by Joe Daniels, river keeper, and previously sent to you. Both humans, and especially human children, as well as all life in and above the waters of the Fraser River will be negatively affected.

There could be untold costs to our medical system as well as a strain on the entire sewer system as our population increases.

Thank you for listening.
4/8/2015AnonymousdeltaProposed Fraser Surrey docks proposalim writing to express my deep concern and disappointment for this proposal. At a time when the worldwide production and use of thermal coal is being drastically reduced, Metro Vancouver has taken the very shortsighted and self-centred view of this project. The environmental impact of this project will be unprecedented throughout the metro region. As a citizen, I demand that this project be halted immediately.
4/8/2015AnonymousCommunities and CoalDeltaLiquid waste permitI am opposed to shipping American thermal coal through the Fraser Surrey Docks. The risks to our environment are to great. The Americans don't want it shipped through their ports. Why should we be their door mat.

Please deny the Fraser Surrey Port a Liquid Waste Permit. There is no guarantee that this toxic waste will be filtered out and will not be dumped into the Fraser River. We need to protect out waters and Salmon.

We need to remember the greater picture as well. This coal will be burned in China contributing to global warming.
4/8/2015jamieRackleysafe shippersFriday HarborWaste water discharge permitI am against permitting the waste water discharge application.

I am a property owner on San Juan Island and bulk barges, coal transport, increased shipping etc all NEGATIVELY affect the health of the San Juans. Coal is dying out as a fossil fuel choice which is why Koch Brothers are selling it to China. Only a struggling economy would pollute it's cities and poison it's people in an effort to spur growth.

We need to protect our shores (from spills/accidents/collisions) and our marine environment (commercial fishing, tourism, whales) and not grant this expansion of coal to line the pockets of Koch et al, while lifting up our enemy China resulting in increased global warming, air pollution, ocean acidification and noise pollution to marine life--a very real and critical component of whale habitat.


Thank you.
4/8/2015AnonymousCommunities and CoalWhite RockFSD WASTE DISCHARGE APPLICATIONTHIS WASTE DISCHARGE APPLICATION SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED AS IT WILL ENDANGER HUMAN HEALTH, SAFETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
4/8/2015ShirleyGustConsutateDelta, BCSTOP THE COAL TRAINSPlease stop thinking of money, short term profit, but think of the costs to health care. Our children lives, and our mother earth.
Who is filling who pockets here?
4/8/2015EmilyPerkinsDeltaSurrey Fraser Docks waste water applicationDear Metro Vancouver,

The idea of Surrey Fraser Docks dumping coal-laden water into our sewage system is outrageous. There is no way this application should be approved! There is a very real threat to the environment, the flora and fauna inhabiting our waters, and to human health as well. Coal contains toxins that will disrupt ecosystems already under threat. Surrey Fraser Docks should have to prove to us that there is no threat, only then should an application be considered. The time is passed when society is willing to gamble with our most precious resource.

Sincerely,

Emily Perkins.
4/8/2015AnonymousBCNU, Council of Canadians, Ecojustice, CRNBCBurnaby, B. C.NO COAL IN B. C.The fact that such wastewater is described as "contaminated" signals that it must not be created in the first place!! Port Metro Vancouver MUST stop pursuing the business of making the environment around our beautiful city messier, and strike out on a truly clean path of renewable, sustainable industries!!
4/8/2015AnonymousArea ResidentSurrey, BCSurrey Docks Liquid Waste dischargeI am somewhat offended that surrey docks considers itself an autonomous body, not subject to the Metro Vancouver Air Quality Emissions, but is willing to take advantage of our sanitary processing facilities because it is an easier, less obtrusive process.
The Port is NOT subject to Surrey's Discharge Permit requirements, but is located in Surrey. In Surrey, however, surface run-off is NOT allowed as a sanitary discharge (as part of any permit applications I have been involved with). Therefore, I cannot support this application for this private facility that hides behind the autonomy of the Federal Authorities.
4/8/2015AnonymousSurreyStop the dirThis dirty coal coming in from the US is laced with metals of all kinds. We do not want any of these metals to enter our waterways or affect the air we breathe. Washington and Oregon don't want it either - so why us? A retired chemist has told us that the particles in the air are not beneficial to our health and we must work to eliminate the use of this dirty fuel. The Vancouver Sun yesterday had two articles on smog in China and India, both horrible photos of people living in contaminated atmosphere like once enveloped London England.

Help us stop this madness by refusing to allow the waste water to enter our waterways.

We are being directly affected daily as the powdery coal is blowing off the freight cars as they travel by our house. My home now has black residue on all surfaces where previously there was normal household dust.

Roger and Patti Chabot
4/8/2015AnonymousSurreyWaste Discharge ApplicationI am commenting on application by FSD to allow for a waste discharge permit. Please deny application and all further application for this Dirty Coal Transfer facility!!!! Long term consequences for short term Corporate Greed! China is beginning to downsize use of thermal coal,and to create 25 jobs!! After 125 or so lost their jobs from Titan Steel because of this!!! Does not make sense one bit to ship through communities,environmental sensitive areas,and along the Fraser and up the Coast of B.C. ...DENY APPLICATION!
4/8/2015AnonymousLasquetiFraser Surrey Dock liquid waste permit applicationThe proposed coal waste water discharge that would come from from Fraser Surrey Docks poses a health and environmental hazard. Please take a precautionary approach when considering the health and environmental risks of this proposal. If water water laden with coal pollutants cannot be cleaned before discharge, please do not issue a permit at all.

Thank you for the opportunity for input.
4/8/2015DonMcQuarrieDogwood InitiativeEdmontonDeny Liquid Waste PermitIf you care about the health of children, adults and waterways, you will deny this ridiculous permit for Fraser Surrey Docks. It shouldn't even take a petition or letters from the public for you to do this. I am so dissapointed by government agencies not caring about the people that pay their salaries, but caring only about big business interests. And why do US interests override Canadian interests in this country?? This is sick!!
4/8/2015ThompsonTranDogwood InitiativePort MoodySay no to coalWhy would I support something like this that threatens the future of my waterways all the while providing no financial gain or positive outcomes?
4/8/2015ArthurEntlichDogwood InitiativeVictoriaCoal is a black eye for BCGrant McGillivray
Metro Vancouver Sewage Control Manager

Dear Mr. McGillvray:

I am concerned about the proposed coal port at the Fraser Surrey docks, and the consideration of using the Vancouver Sewer System to collect and process the runoff and waste water from the coal piles and water used in the shipping and handling processes.

I see numerous potential issue with this proposal, from a health, environmental, and economic base.

Coal is an energy source which is in the news a lot, mainly for its negative impact on the planet. It produces great amount of carbon dioxide output when it is burned. It is also highly polluting releasing sulphur dioxide, creating acid rain, releasing ash and gases with vapourized heavy metals, and other toxins which re-enter the environment in a much more toxic form, impacting on animal, plant and human health.

As a provider of the port facilities so this coal can be shipped elsewhere, BC and Vancouver become part of this process which ends with the negative consequences and others I mentioned above.

However, there are also more local consequences. The runoff and waste water from this operation will contain coal dust and leachates which are toxic (heavy metals, surfactants, oils, and others) which will further toxify the sewer waters, which then have to be treated. Much of this will end up in the settlement tanks, meaning the sludge either needs to be burned or moved somewhere, adding to the contamination of the sewage treatment output. How or where will this material be dealt with? Who wants to have it spread around or burned near their location?

Lastly, the economics are questionable. How much will this runoff add to the cost of sewage treatment and disposal? Will any of this end up running into ocean or rivers? Could accidents or bad behaviour at the port end up with dumps of coal or sludge into water? How much coal dust will be spread during the transport and movement of this coal?

I do not live in metro Vancouver, but I do live in British Columbia. Some of the infrastructure costs of the port, and the sewage systems are or were paid for by provincial taxes, and so this has province wide impact. It also places a scar on British Columbia’s reputation in relationship to facilitating coal transport, because that coal, very simply WILL be burned, and will add to climate change.

We, the people of British Columbia, cannot make believe that while we almost exclusively use hydro-electric power, while we promote reducing climate change through carbon taxes, and promotion of LNG, that we be not have to take responsibility in our part when we use our facilities to move coal around the world to be burned elsewhere. That is just hypocrisy.

I hope you and your committee rejects this use of the port and the Vancouver sewer system to promote coal burning.

Thank you

Art Entlich
Victoria
4/8/2015KaylieArsenaultDogwood InitiativeCourtenayMetro Vancouver Sewage ControlAllowing coal wastewater into the sewage system would an extremely dangerous action for the public and wildlife. Please decline the permit.
4/8/2015NoraEtchesDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal Permit for Liquid WastePlease do not issue Fraser Surrey Docks a sewage permit to discharge U.S. coal sludge from their proposed coal port into our public sewer system. The sludge will have many toxic poluting waste materials.There is no evidence that the wastewater treatment plant can handle this load so it poses a real and present danger to the health of citizens, fish and other wildlife and the environment.
4/8/2015EllenPerkinsDogwood InitiativeVictoriaCoal. The worse type of investment.Hello,

My name is Ellen Perkins and I do not support putting Fraser Surrey Docks coal sludge down a sewer system. Not only is supporting the coal industry a terribly toxic choice for Metro Vancouver, but coal is a significant contributor to green house gas emission globally.
Ellen
4/8/2015KathyRomsesDogwood InitiativeNorth Vancouverno coal wastewater in public sewer systemI am a health professional who personally values the health of people and the environment. Without health, there is no wealth.
There are too many unknowns as well as known personal and environmental health risks involved in the proposal to add coal wastewater to our public sewer system.
I want to continue to enjoy hiking and kayaking in the Fraser River and surrounding areas.
4/8/2015EleanorCoffeyDogwood InitiativeVancouverre. toxic coal wastewaterHuman health and safety is a priority and any threat of toxicity in our water supply shouldn't be even considered.
4/8/2015BaladevPedersenDogwood InitiativeBurnabyNo on coalThermal coal is fully of toxic waste.
Will it be filtered out after sewage treatment plans.
4/8/2015SarahHerringDogwood InitiativeVancouverNot a good idea-no certainty about health hazards to humans
-no certainty about environmental hazards
4/7/2015AnonymousBCCASurreyShipping US Thermal Coal from Fraser Surrey DocksGreetings -

The shipping of thermal coal from our neighborhoods seems a mistake on every level and a complete externalization of costs to the taxpayers of British Columbia and the world community. Ignoring all impacts is irresponsible. The order of priorities of negative impacts of this plan seems as follows:

1) Global warming is clearly exacerbated by the mining, transport and shipment of coal. This results in the acidification of oceans and secondary habitat destruction for fisheries, rise of sea levels and threat to human habitat- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisheries_and_climate_change. Land based food production will be threatened - eg: https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2008/03/pdf/cline.pdf .

2) Toxins resulting from the use of the energy will result in severe threat to human health with local pollution in India and China. The recent report of lung cancer in an eight year old Chinese girl is a tragic marker for the human devastation which occurs in the populations exposed to this pollution - http://www.theguardian.com/environment/chinas-choice/2013/nov/07/china-air-pollution-eight-year-old-cancer.

3) Strip Mining of the Powder River Basin coal has negative environmental impacts: http://www.worc.org/userfiles/file/Coal/Exporting_Powder_River_Basin_Coal_Risks_and_Cost.pdf

4) Transport of coal via rail is highly toxic form the coal dust released: https://multco.us/file/9977/download

5) Coal dust (AKA: mercury, cadmium, arsenic) entry into the sewage system is an introduction of toxins - http://www.vancouversun.com/touch/news/metro/Fraser+Surrey+Docks+seeks+pump+coal+waste+water+into+Metro/10913426/story.html?rel=831135. The agricultural use of the the products of the sewage process in water and sludge carries toxic risk.

6) The introduction of diesel particulate matter from trains and ships in the airshed will cause cancer, cardiac, pulmonary pathology. This illness will cause human suffering and cause health care costs.

7) The sound pollution of increasing coal trains has a negative health impact, again causing human suffering and taxpayer costs - http://www.coaltrainfacts.org/docs/Noise-and-Its-Effects.pdf.

8) The blockade of surface roads will cause interruption of emergency vehicle movement and cause negative health impacts.

9) Economic benefit even with costs externalization is diminishing as well - http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/fading-embers-in-chinas-coal-industry/, http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Coal-Industry-Takes-Another-Hit.html

In short, the shipping of thermal coal through BC will cost us all in human suffering and health care costs and provide no benefit to the residents of BC. As our business friends would probably say this is a lose, lose proposition.

Robert Winston, MD, FRCPC, FACP
4/7/2015Keith & ConnieCochraneSurreyREJECT Fraser Surrey Docks Waste Discharge Permit ApplicationApril 7, 2015

Dear Mr. Grant McGillivray,

RE: Fraser Surrey Docks Waste Discharge Permit Application

There is more than a little irony that Fraser Surrey Docks is required to apply for the air and water permits while at the same time they are fighting a token fine issued by Metro Vancouver for dust emissions (air pollution). The basis for them not paying the fine is that they are arguing that Metro Vancouver does not have jurisdiction over operations within the port and that FSD's activities are not subject to the bylaws. Yet clearly Metro Vancouver does have the authority to issue fines.

Perhaps the reason that they have to answer to Metro Vancouver is that their operations do directly impact the people that live in the lower mainland. Remember this is the operation that claims to have sent out letters to the residents of the surrounding area to notify/consult with regarding the coal terminal. We have yet to find a neighbour that received a letter and we live within blocks of the port.

The Coal in question is US thermal coal, so let's not think we are hurting BC coal mining families here, this is American coal shipped by an American railroad that the citizens of Washington and Oregon do not want in their ports and neighborhoods. This stuff would only cross into Canada to make its way to China and any Air and Water Damage done here is NOT outweighed by economic benefit.

Fraser Surrey Docks seeks to dump wastewater into the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District Sewer yet they cannot guarantee that the wastewater will have acceptable levels of metal in it before heading to a sewage treatment plant whose primary design is to treat organic waste, not heavy metal toxic sludge. So the question is if Surrey Fraser Docks cannot get a permit (Effluent Permit) to dump directly into the Fraser River why would you think it would be better after sitting in another settling pond on Annacis Island? Maybe FSD should have to go through the process to obtain an Effluent Permit so that they will be made to make sure their wastewater is clean. They would then have to have the wastewater cleaner than 50ppm, as opposed to their current proposal of cleaner than 600ppm.

Fraser Surrey Docks has altered their design application by eliminating the "emergency" coal stockpile. So on days when it is too windy to load barges and yet another train arrives with a load of Wyoming thermal coal where does it go? It stays on the train in North Delta with the rainwater washing coal dust and the toxic sealers seeping into the ground without permit! But wait FSD has not received the coal yet, so its not their problem. Is it BNSF's problem, NO it's North Delta's problem BNSF does not live here.

So to all the members of Metro Vancouver we urge you to deny the wastewater permit. Today is the day to do the right thing for human health and the environment. Coal was the fuel of the industrial revolution it's not the fuel of the twenty first century.

Sincerely,

Keith & Connie Cochrane
4/7/2015AnonymousBellingham, WA, USAFrasier Surrey Dock's permitI appreciate the opportunity to submit a comment on this international issue. I have read the comments submitted by the VTACC and the Frasier River Keepers. I share their concerns AND have concerns for my local environment as well. Another new coal terminal would mean significant increase in coal train traffic through my neighborhood -- with the noise and pollution that produces. It would also greatly increase the probability of spills in the Salish Sea and the resulting harm to the fish and economy here. I ask you to move slowly, carefully, and thoroughly in your consideration of the issues involved.
Thank you.
4/7/2015AnonymousCoquitlamShipping Coal out of Surrey DocksI do not want coal to be shipped out of Surrey Docks nor do I want them to use our sewer system. The Americans don't want to, why should we be stepped on? We in Greater Vancouver send enough pollutants through our sewer system into our oceans. We don't need to be sending another country's contaminates too. Who are we a third world country! We need to start taking care of our oceans.
4/7/2015beescottvancouverobject to the proposed expansion of US thermal coal shipments on the Fraser Riverobjected to the proposed expansion of US thermal coal shipments on the Fraser River
4/7/2015DavidGranirerVancouverFraser Surrey Docks’ liquid waste permit applicationThis proposal is unacceptable because of the amount of environmental damage it will do by dumping contaminated water in Metro Vancouver's sewage system.

It will also damage fish habitats and other environmentally sensitive areas.

Please reject this proposal
4/7/2015AnonymousMs.EversonFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationI am writing to you from [place] to urge you to deny Fraser Surrey Docks' application for a liquid waste permit. The project puts our health and environment at risk and should not be approved.

- Millions of salmon migrate through the Salish Sea every year and it is home to endangered killer whale species and their population is directly linked to the health of the entire ecosystem.

- Increased coal trains in my community would release toxic coal dust and diesel exhaust along the rail lines, clog our railroads, ports, and highways, risk my families' health, pollute our air and water, and stoke the climate crisis.

Additional comments:

If you plan to use existing sewer lines - what is the total amount of waste water you will be adding?

Can these existing lines handle this waste water without becoming weakened by contaminants?

Is there enough capacity in this mainly urban area for this outflow of waste water?

You plan to build settling ponds to rid this waste water of contaminants. How much land will be needed and where will you put these ponds in an area dense with agriculture and residential property?

What are the contaminants in this waste water that you will be putting in the watershed (settling ponds)?

This water will run into the Fraser river and Salmon are so important to the local areas Indigenous and Non-Indian fishers. Please protect the salmon.

Finally - as representatives of the people you have a fiduciary obligation to protect the people's assets and it should be a crime to do anything that would diminish these assets. These assets include the air we breathe and the water we drink. We depend on these assets staying clean and available for generations to come.
Ronna Loerch
4/7/2015TomTrebettDogwood InitiativeWhaletowncoal wastewaterThis sounds like a really bad idea,for the fish,and anyone breathing the dust along the way....Not to mention climate change....
4/7/2015GertrudaHadwinDogwood InitiativeN. VancouverPermit to dump coal sludgeUnder no circumstances should we give permission to dump coal sludge in our public sewer system! Why should we have this threat to our health, fish and environment? It isn't even our coal.

We shouldn't allow the U.S.A. to ship the coal to us in the first place. The coal is toxic and so is the coal dust. If the U.S.A. wants to get rid of this garbage, let them be responsible for getting it to Asian markets.
4/7/2015Jenniffer BethFultonDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverDeny a liquid waste permitThere is no reason for us to benefit economically - if that is the reason given for considering this business deal with the USA - from a project which could harm us environmentally, or as pertains our own health.

Metro Vancouver aught to be putting it's own citizens health and welfare first whenever any projects is brought to the table.

Mr Mcgillivray please deny this liquid waste project.

Thank you.
4/7/2015ChrisBrownDogwood InitiativeVictoriaDeny the permitWe don't need more poison entering our waterways.
4/7/2015JaclynChangDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo to Liquid Waste permitUsing Fraser Surrey Docks as a dumping center for waste will contaminate the ecosystem and pose a threat to human health and safety, along with environmental health and safety. Unknown toxins mean the potential damages are also unknown. It is in all of our best interests to act proactively by being preventative of potential harm, rather than try to clean up the mess afterwards - when damage may already be irreversible. I don't believe it is worth the risk.
4/7/2015JamesLloydDogwood InitiativeVictoriaNegative Effects of Coal Sludge on Wastewater TreatmentHello:

I have been following the coal terminal expansion proposal for a while now and I have recently heard that they are planning to dump their industrial coal sludge waste into your municipal sewer system. I am a retired engineering technologist and wastewater treatment plant operator and I would have serious concerns about how this will impact your collection and treatment plant systems.

I am not aware of the magnitude of the quantity, frequency and the quality of the industrial waste that they plan to dump into your system but it will surely have an impact that could prove to be very costly. Normally it would be required that a business of this type would be required to treat their industrial waste on site, reuse the treated water and not dump any effluent into the sewer system.

Surfactants were always a concern at the different wastewater treatment plants that I worked at over the years. Also, the impact of the coal sludge hitting your wastewater plant on a regular and continuous basis would be of concern to me.

Many municipalities across the country are banning the use of surfactants entering wastewater treatment because of the harmful and costly effects these products have on the collection system and the treatment plant. Oils, grease and other particles in wastewater react with surfactants while traveling through the collection system heading to the wastewater treatment plant and form sludge that coats the insides of the pipes. Eventually, the pipes will deteriorate or back-up and the person-hours, equipment, and parts needed for extensive sewer line repair can add up to an enormous expense.

Before any approvals are given I hope you will investigate all of the ramifications of what could happen if this coal sludge is allow to be dumped into your wastewater system. Once accepted it would be very hard to cancel approval and stop the dumping.
4/7/2015AkashMeheDogwood InitiativeVancouverU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metalsThey would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
4/7/2015DebraWatsonDogwood InitiativeMile RanchNo To Dirty Wastewater!To allow another country permission to potentially poison our precious water and the lives that depend on it is reckless and unintelligent! NO TO A DIRTY WASTE WATER PERMIT!!!
4/7/2015ninatryggvasonDogwood Initiativesurreyno to the surrey docksthis will increase cancer cluster rates in surrey and new westmiinister

as well as severely impacting anyone with respiratory illnesses or compromised immunne systems

the very young and elderly are the most vulnerable
4/7/2015LoraineAnchorDogwood InitiativeMaple RidgeShare My SewerIt's bad enough that we might be forced to share our clean air with coal dust, but to flush toxic metals into our wastewater is backwards thinking.
4/6/2015AnonymousMs.BellinghamFraser Surry Dock Coal Proposal Water TreatmentDear Mr McGillivray,
The proposal for another coal export facility in the US and Canada is extremely worrisome to me. As a citizen of Whatcom County and living within a few miles of the rail tracks and Puget sound I cannot fathom what our environment will be like in a few years. I am asking that you say NO to any plans that continue to harm our planet. Climate change is upon us yet we continue to take coal from the ground and continue to burn it so that our air, water and species can be poisoned.

The thought that you are considering putting the waste water discharge through your water treatment facility is extremely troublesome. Is the treatment facility going to be able to handle millions of gallons of water containing lead, cadmium and mercury and other carcinogens? Will the settling ponds be properly lined and what precautions will be put into place if there is a break or overflow? Are you prepared to let this water treated or not enter into the Fraser drainage area where the carcinogens will expose the young Salmon as well as other species to harmful toxins. How much pollution can our oceans take?

We have already seen shipping traffic backed up in Bellingham Bay. How many vessels can the Salish Sea handle before a devastating accident takes place? Are we bothering to look at our whole coast and asking ourselves what kind of a landscape do we want to live in for the next generation and those who come after them.

I am a US citizen but this project effects me as well as every Vancouver resident. Please stop and consider all of is and not the few (50) jobs that will be created.
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4/6/2015AnonymousFerndaleFrasier Surrey DocksI am concerned learning about this proposal. I live in Whatcom County (USA) and our air and water and fisheries are already being impacted. More of the same could stress our environment beyond the tipping point.
Please decline this permit.
4/6/2015Jennifer ISullivanSAAQBurnabyFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permitI strongly oppose approval of this application. I do not believe this coal-laden liquid wastewater would be safe to add to our sewage system.

The purpose of this proposal is solely to sell US coal to Asia, and the route of this export will go through Canada and be loaded at the Fraser Surrey Docks. The reason for this is, undoubtedly, because our Environmental Protection laws are weaker than the US.

I do not know much about ships and trains and supertankers, but it appears this proposal will add coal dust to the air I breathe and coal to my sewage system and tankers to my coast.

I would like this application to be refused and I will do what I can to bring this about.

Thank you.
4/6/2015BernadetteKeenanDogwood InitiativeSurreyDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.Very concerned about the river and salmon in particular due to:
U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/6/2015William EdmundMugfordDogwood InitiativeVancouverWastewater from Coal ShipmentsWastewater from the coal export port proposed by Fraser Surrey Docks should not be allowed to enter the public sewer system unless it has been established that its presence in the sewage system will not endanger human health or the environment. Any doubt should be resolved by being cautious, and denying the liquid waste permit.
4/6/2015myna leejohnstoneDogwood InitiativeSSIwastewaterour environment is too fragile and already too threatened to permit this
4/6/2015JanEricksonDogwood InitiativeSurreyDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.The coal itself is full of heavy metals.
We have a right to know exactly what is being flushed into our water.
Money cannot replace fresh clean water.
It is just plain wrong!
4/6/2015JesseKustraDogwood InitiativeSurreyReview This Reckless ProposalBeing allowed to dump such potentially toxic waste into our systems with no guarantee of being able to filter such chemicals before entering our pristine waters would constitute a terrible crime and tragedy
4/6/2015GailMatwichukDogwood InitiativeCultus LakeLiquid Waste permitDumping any kind of waste if always a bad idea!!! Our rivers, oceans, and lands are already pollluted. We will be eating the pollution if it isn't treated in the first place!
4/6/2015JordanKaulbarsDogwood InitiativeLangleyDeny the Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.Chemicals and nature don't mix.
I love BC and don't want a possibility of a problem that could be easily avoided.
Its coming at a cost to the citizens of BC with benefit to a few non-locals and a measly few hundred new jobs at most.
Sewer waste is recycled and put into our waters! are you kidding me! No! Whoever thought of this is a complete and utter idiot without any awareness or care for his fellows. and a sad, depressed one at that.
4/6/2015MikeBurnsideDogwood InitiativeVancouverNO TO COALSeriously? This is absurd. Way more oversight and way more accountability is needed.
4/6/2015SharonStedmanDogwood InitiativePowell RiverDeny the permit for Fraser Surrey DocksFor years we disposed of chemicals and products that damaged our environment, then slowly we became aware and smarter and started to implement procedures to protect our soils and water runoffs. Now with this proposal from Fraser Surrey Docks, we are going back to the dark ages once more, destroying all the good ideas to keep our world and environment pure and clean for ourselves and the following generations! Please deny the Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
4/6/2015KathrynWilsonDogwood InitiativeClarendon StationWe must not do this.U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/6/2015TrevorWhiteDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste PermitDear Grant McGillivray,

I imagine that your job is very tied to these sorts of business deals or what have you. The Fraser River is much older than you and I, and the companies that want to use it for their business. I want the Fraser to be clean and beautiful for my children. This requires action from you to deny this particular liquid waste permit. Our environment is vastly more important than coal and money. Our economy is shifting to accommodate the science and wisdom of caring for our environment. Stay strong, have patience. Please don't allow this liquid waste permit.

Thank you sincerely

Trevor White
4/6/2015CarrolHutchinsonDogwood InitiativeBurnabyDeny Permit to protect wildlife and human populationsDear Mr. McGillivray,
Please make a decision in favor of the future of wildlife and the good health of both the human and wildlife populations at the Fraser Surrey docks and in the whole related biome. Shipping a toxic substance and disposing of its garbage does not make rational sense. When you look back and see a healthy Fraser Delta area with returning salmon and no toxic reports about humans or other populations suffering, I know your decision against this will seem the correct one. I can empathize with your situation since these types of decisions can be difficult with pressure from all sides. We know the pollution that is caused from thermal coal and disposing of wastewater. We know that this pollution is carcinogenic to all living beings. The research has been done. Please keep the coal out of the Fraser Surrey docks and the Fraser Delta.
4/6/2015Megan and DougRobertsDogwood InitiativeWaterlooPlease don't Give Fraser Surrey Docks permission to polluteWe believe that wastewater from the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks' coal port poses a threat to the health and safety of both people and the environment.
4/6/2015SherryLittleDogwood InitiativeMadeira ParkNo Coal through Fraser Surrey DocksIt goes without saying. Don't do it !
4/6/2015BarbaraMcGeoughDogwood InitiativeVancouverFrazer Surrey Docks Permit for Liquid WasteIt is time to say no.
If shipping coal through Fraser Surrey Docks means coal waste water having to be treated in our public sewer system - the answer is quite simply no.
Heavy toxic waste chemicals has no place in our water systems - even Sewage treatment.
As manager of the Metro Vancouver's Sewage Control I ask that you put public health and safety and the environment ahead of private, monetary interests.

Thank you,
4/6/2015JaneFoxDogwood InitiativeComoxDeny Permit for Dumping into Sewage SystemTo: Mr. Grant McGillivray,
Manger, Vancouver Sewage Control
his project is a very bad idea for a number of reasons and I will list a few.

1- The health of our fish and other sea animals may be at risk because you do not know what is in that waste water.

2- This means the health of our children and families as well as our selves may be at risk because we eat fish from the Fraser River.

I think those two reasons are more than enough to expect cautious and judicious proceedings from people in positions such as your and on whom we depend to keep our environment safe.

Thank you.
4/6/2015DavidGriggDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey Coal PortNot withstanding the large carbon footprint of exporting coal to Asia I don't support the project for the following additional reasons.
1/ Triple handling -rail to Surrey, barge to Texada Island, Texada to Asia. Big carbon negatives.
2/ No waste/storm water treatment as in other coal port facilities
3/ No public commitment to use environmentally friendly dust reducers such as soluble lignin/water sprays.
4/6/2015JocelyneBlickDogwood InitiativeDorvalPermit for Fraser Surrey DocksTo Whom It May Concern:
I implore you to refuse permission for Fraser Surrey Docks to obtain a permit for liquid waste. The potential hazards, both to humans and the environment, are enormous with the amount of toxic chemicals to be flushed into our wastewater systems. This is an American problem which must be handled in an American city, not here in Canada.
4/6/2015FredPincockDogwood InitiativeVancouverToxicThe carbon foot-print of this project is over the top foolish. Not only is our local water and soil being put at risk,but the air quality of the whole planet will be negatively impacted.Think of our children.
4/5/2015GINOPASTORINODogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks1. Public Health
2. Environment
4/5/2015judysieffertDogwood InitiativeGlencoetoxicKeep our waters clean.
4/5/2015benjaminkrisingerDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.Read the subject - plane and simple - thanks
4/5/2015PennyBradfordDogwood InitiativeVictoriaNo dirty water flushed back into sewer system.We deserve an answer on whether the water flushed back into our sewer systems are environmentally safe or dangerous. We don't want any environmental toxins or dangerous human carcinogens allowed into our water systems. We want to know that the coal waste water is not a threat to public health, fish and the environment after is comes out of the wastewater treatment plant to be pumped back into the Fraser River.
4/5/2015DavidHollingworthDogwood InitiativeVancouverFor our children and grandchildrenThe single most important reason why we should not be moving forward or even considering this plan is because it will perpetuate the worlds crisis of climate change. For my children and all future generations, please stop this madness and start leading virtuously.
4/5/2015ElizabethCunninghamDogwood InitiativePrince George, BCLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray,
I think you should deny the Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Docks and not allow coal companies, from any country, to dump their toxic wastewater into the public wastewater system. The public wastewater is enough of a threat to our water ways. The toxic heavy metals in the coal wastewater could threaten public health, the fish and all that lives in our waters.
Please don not allow that to happen.
4/5/2015CathyKucherDogwood InitiativeGibsonswastewater from coalI think that the wastewater from the proposed coal export facility should not be going into our sewer system in Vancouver. Thermal Coal is full of toxic chemicals and there is no guarantee that the treated water would be safe for the environment. Plus we don't actually know what other toxins are in the coal from the practice of spraying chemical surfactants on the coal piles.
4/5/2015jeanrobertsonDogwood Initiativesalmon armcoal wasteWe have enough toxic materials on our side of the border.
4/5/2015LeslieRoseDogwood InitiativeTorontoLiquid waste permitPlease deny the liquid waste permits and focus on a clean environment.
4/5/2015PirieMacDonaldDogwood InitiativePrince GeorgeDeny the liquid waste permitAllowing this waste to be dumped into the sewer system is a mistake that cannot be easily undone. It is better to be safe than sorry.
4/5/2015FariborzFirooziDogwood InitiativeBURNABYLiquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksCanada is a beautiful country and we want it as is now. Why they give the permit to others to come here and dump their waste here? It should not be allowed.
Fariborz Firoozi
4/5/2015King-mongChanDogwood InitiativeRichmondKeep U.S. coal out of our sewer!U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals and that possess a huge risk to our environment and our well being. Such hazardous materials should not be flushed into our wastewater system because there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust, adding additional toxins to our environment and can cause much harm to humans and the environment.

You must not permit this permit.
4/5/2015ShelleyShentonDogwood InitiativePort AlberniCoal sewage permitThe Fraser River and our ocean is too important for those who rely on them for their livelihood, ie fishing, food, tourism. We need to know what is in the sludge and if it will cause any harm to the environment and all of us by extension. Please ensure proper study is conducted before any liquid waster permit is given. Thank you.
4/5/2015VeronikaJoseDogwood InitiativeWhite Rockcoal water wast disposal1. Washington State rejected a coal port on their own territory....so why B.C.
2. there appears to be NO STANDARD plan to deal with the sludge waste.
3. NO DUMPING into our Fraser River ecosystem.....far too much at stake re our Wild Salmon
4. there is no doubt, that the heavy-metal laden TOXIC waste will be harmful to human & other Life forms.
5. B.C. Tax payers should NOT hold the $$$ cost of treatment.....we have enough problem dealing with our own garbage.....witness Victoria dumping municipal effluent into the open waterways.
4/5/2015JeanBlackstockDogwood InitiativeCalgaryStop Coal byproduct from entering the Fraser RiverI feel this coal should not be sent through the Fraser
Surrey Docks. The byproduct that results is not known and could be a
Contaminant that would end up in the FrAser
River. This should not be allowed until every chemical is identified.
4/5/2015MarcusHarveyDogwood InitiativePeterboroughDo not subsidize coal at the expense of people's healthI am shocked that any proposal to dump industrial effluent into a Canadian river can be seriously considered without full and complete disclosure of the manner in which the wastewater remediation will occur, the parameters set for that remediation, and the safeguards that will be taken to guard against accidental release of toxins harmful to human health or the environment.

Regards,
Marcus Harvey, PhD
4/5/2015RafaelZambranaDogwood InitiativeBurnabySTOP THE ABUSEThe "externalities" corporations indulge on is a fraudulent form of passing on their expenses to others so they can pocket more profits.
I think this project is an "externality" in this sense and the taxpayer is being defrauded.
4/5/2015MaryIngramDogwood InitiativeCampbell RiverGrossThis is very unhealthy and totally disgusting. Tell the USA to do it through their own country not ours.
4/5/2015PhilLukeDogwood InitiativeComoxCoal exportsCoal is a toxic product both burnt and unburned.
Transport adds to the risks.
Leave it in the ground and move on to conservation of energy and new technologies.
Salish Sea is too important to pollute.
4/5/2015PhilLukeDogwood InitiativeComoxCoal exportsCoal is a toxic product both burnt and unburned.
Transport adds to the risks.
Leave it in the ground and move on to conservation of energy and new technologies.
Salish Sea is too important to pollute.
4/5/2015JChuDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surret DocksTo Whom It May Concern -

I am writing to advocate that you deny a liquid waster permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.

Like the last states to abolish slavery, we do not want to be party to shipping the dirtiest carbon fuel to China while making our local environment toxic at the same time.

1. Our environment will be exposed to heavy metals that cannot be cleaned from our water.

2. Chemical surfactants are sprayed on the coal cargo introduce additional toxins and carcinogens that would be introduced into our environment and water.

I urge you to foster a new economy and creative, forward-looking businesses that nurture all of our long-term interests.

thank you for your consideration,
4/5/2015AnonymousBurnabyPlease deny the permit to discharge coal wastewaters in the Metro Vancouver sewage systemDear Grant McGillivray, Metro's Sewage Control Manager,

As a resident in Metro Vancouver I'm calling on you to deny Fraser Surrey Docs the permit to discharge industrial wastewaters (from loading-coal facility) in the sewage system of Metro Vancouver.
There are thousands reasons against, and no one in favor.
---Those are industrial wastewaters, not biodegradable wastewaters that can be handled and treated by an urban wastewater treatment plant. Heavy metals, toxics, PAHs, surfactants, and other undisclosed chemicals will in part end up in the Fraser River with the effluent, and in part end up in the biosolids. At this point the biosolids will be an industrial sludge. Are you going to allow them to be used in agriculture, as happens right now, loading the vegetables we eat with more heavy metals? (I don't buy that they will be still safe to use). Or will you treat them as industrial sludge burying them permanently in a landfill, losing the resource and filling landfills? I would like to have an answer to this, as every day is produced a large quantity of biosolids)
http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/treatment/resource-recovery/biosolids/Pages/default.aspx
---Everything discharged in the environment will come back to us in our dish. Please think to this basic law of Ecology. I think that discharging all those toxics in the environment would be absolutely irresponsible. Pollute waters, treating the Fraser River and the ocean as an industrial sewage will contaminate our food. Consider the fisheries, and the salmon going through the Fraser upstream, that are food for all the people living in BC, consider how they will be contaminated, and how crabs, mollusks and benthic fish will be contaminated. How many people eat them? We are going to eat this food. We and our children are going to deal with the consequence of toxics and carcinogenics. The coal industry and Fraser Surrey Docs will just harvest money and pass the consequences to the environment and to us.
---those toxics are not toxic only for us: freshwater and marine fish, marine mammals, think also to the sturgeon that we are still lucky to have in the Fraser.
---FSD contested the Metro Vancouver ticket for polluting air: do you trust them to follow any regulations, while they say that they don't have to? I don't. The trust has to be earned.
---I don't buy FSD's and the coal export industry's “good intentions”: discharging heavy polluted industrial waters in the Metro Van sewage system would be a first class pollution for the Fraser and the ocean.
And I don't believe at all that the study they have provided is scientifically correct, is missing lot of things, for example not considering a wider range of pH (that influences the solubility of metals), or a wider concentration of suspended solids, or a wider range of time.
Similar stuff has been refused by US, which have obtained different and worrying results in independent studies.
Unfortunately our environmental regulations are week and don't protect the environment and the people enough. They are trying to do here what they cannot do in US.

Please protect our health and our environment. Refuse the permit. Thank you.
4/5/2015AnonymousMs.CashmereenvironmentPlease do NOT allow Fraser Surrey Docks to add more pollution to already stressed rivers and waterways.
Especially for anything to do with coal or fracking products.
Thank you for taking comments on this matter and not just money!
4/4/2015JoannaQureshiDogwood InitiativeParksvilleLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThis permit should be denied because of the uncertain effect on human and animal health. Also it supports a filthy industry that undoubtedly damages our environtment'
4/4/2015JoannaQureshiDogwood InitiativeParksvilleLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThis permit should be denied because of the uncertain effect on human and animal health. Also it supports a filthy industry that undoubtedly damages our environtment'
4/4/2015mohankumarDogwood InitiativeOttawaDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks
If this permit is approved, trace metals and unknown chemicals would flow into wastewater and storm water at Fraser Surrey Docks and be flushed into our sewer system. Even scarier, there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all these pollutants before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. These toxins could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
4/4/2015A.B.HansenDogwood InitiativeVancouverplease stop this atrocityIt causes more pollution.
4/4/2015DawnGermynDogwood InitiativeAiyanshNo to CoalStop coal shipments to Asia; they need to start using greener energy sources.
4/4/2015MarilynAntillDogwood InitiativeVictoriaLiquid Waste PermitWe do not have the right to jeopardize British Columbia's water for future generations. Please reject this application. The next generation will be glad you did.

Thank you.
4/4/2015PatriciaTollestrupDogwood InitiativeVictoriaKeep U.S. coal out of our sewerDear Mr. McGillivray:

Please determine what the likely environmental consequences are for allowing wastewater from the proposed coal port at Fraser Surrey docks into our public sewer system. I believe we are well past the point of getting away with "dilution is the solution" when it comes to releasing chemicals into our environment.
4/4/2015RonJonesDogwood InitiativeDeltaPermitPlease don't provide a permit without a thorough impact study that will assure safety for the public.
4/4/2015DougBeckettDogwood InitiativePrince GeorgeDo not dirty and pollute our waterPlease demonstrate leadership by ensuring pollutants are not permitted to be discharged into our water. Please ensure the proponent is responsible to remove all pollutants prior to their waste being disposed of in our waste water and storm water systems. Ensure the penalties if the proponent disposes of pollutants into our water are at least 100 times the savings the proponent may realize in disposing pollutants into our water.

The economic value of our fisheries, natural healthy ecosystems and quality water is to important to place at risk. The cost to correct the problems and damage caused by the pollutants would be born not by the proponent, but by other stakeholders, governments and the public. The trickle down impacts of the pollutants fare outweigh the direct, indirect and trickle down benefits of permitting the pollutants to enter our water.
4/4/2015ShannonIsaacDogwood InitiativeArgentawaste management of coalU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/4/2015DaveKustraDogwood InitiativeSurreyPlease deny FSD waste water permitCoal sludge is bad enough to be considered entering our sewer systems but to not know all of the chemicals that will be used is ludicrous. The sewers lead back into our environment and affect ecosystems and ultimately our health. Corporations, especially dirty US coal companies do not have the right to poison our waters and land. Enough is enough - please deny FSD waste water permit application.
4/4/2015Irene and MichaelJefferyDogwood InitiativeWest VancouverSewage from proposed coal portOur public sewer system should not be used for private disposal of contaminating coal residue. Please deny a liquid waste permit for the proposed Fraser Surry Docks coal port.
4/4/2015JenniMacKendrickDogwood InitiativeLangleyDeny liquid waste PermitWhen there is a large amount of rain our metro vancouver sewage overflows into the ocean. The air is hard enough to breathe in Vancouver and the oceans are sludgy enough. Do not make it worse;deny the liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey docks
4/4/2015TimDutcher-WallsDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterPlease deny permitPlease deny the permit to allow liquid waste water into the public sewer system, and further. We can no longer look the other way and allow industrial toxins into the water, the earth and the environment. The line has to be drawn. Please say no.
4/4/2015AmberLidstoneDogwood InitiativeGibsonsSay NO to dumping toxic wastewater into the sewer system!I recently was in contact with the health dept. to build a commercial kitchen and was told I can not dump my dish washing waste water from cleaning my dishes into the sewer system, so of course, this proposal makes absolutely no sense to me, if my grey water can not be dumped into the system there is no way that Fraser Surrey Docks can be allowed to dump "proprietary additives" or any kind of liquid waste containing coal or toxic metals into the system. Say NO to this ludicrous idea!
4/4/2015michaelmeszarosDogwood InitiativepgTell Metro Vancouver to deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.that is all....
4/4/2015GabrielleNewmanDogwood InitiativeSmithersPublic water source = public knowledgeCoorporations "right to profit" should not ever compromise our right to clean water as human beings. If coal companies want to dump product into public water, the contents of the product being dumped needs to be explicitly detailed as part of the applications process. It is time that business started thinking about the safety and health of the earth and all its inhabitants before their bottom line. AS humans, we always seem to overlook the fact that money cannot buy our survival if the essential components (like clean water) no longer exist.
4/4/2015GregCameronDogwood InitiativeSurreyno to liquid sewage waste!I think this proposal is both environmentally dangerous and a potential hazard to human health.
4/4/2015IHDogwood InitiativePembertondeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust

Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/4/2015AlexandraRicardDogwood InitiativeVancouverWaste projectLet's not pollute our water for a corporation and instead consider the next few generations in this decision.

Heavy metals, carcinogens and unknown distances in our system is not acceptable!

Thank you for choosing our health over money.
4/4/2015DougGreenDogwood InitiativeTorontoToxic Coal Waste in Public SewersThe public sphere should not have to bear the cost and very real health risks of heavy metals and other unknown chemicals, for the benefit of corporate profit.
4/4/2015DianAndersonDogwood InitiativeCourtenayliquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
4/4/2015LinaReidDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal Waste proposalNO WASTE DUMPING INTO OUR WATERS until there is proof that the process would be benign for our wildlife and environment.
4/4/2015SusanBorlandDogwood InitiativeCambridgeKeep coal out of sewers.Pollution is bad for everyone and everything.
Keep the universe beautiful, pure, and clean.
4/4/2015AntheaFarrDogwood InitiativeSurreytoxic coal waste in sewerI really think this is a bad idea, made even worse by not telling us what is in this coal waste. Sewer water eventually spews into salmon habitat - we can't afford to jeopardize our iconic species, and all the others in the same food web. .
4/4/2015SylviaDohertyDogwood InitiativeWilliams LakeWe don't need it; don't do it.We already have many incidental and unavoidable environmental pollutants and human carcinogens in our water system. Please don't import more that we don't even know the full impact of yet, adding further to the toxic load. We don't need to do this.
4/4/2015CherryHayesDogwood InitiativeDuncanNO to a ridiculous notion!!Do NOT allow this to happen!! Who the hell in his/her right mind would permit the U.S. to ship coal, full of toxic heavy metals and sprayed with chemicals enroute, through BC?? The "project" has not named these chemicals of course, and it is also unknown that the wastewater treatment plant could filter out all the pollution before it goes back into the Fraser River. The Fraser Surrey Docks have to prove that this would be safe in our sewage system, but there is not even a pretense of transparency in this plan. Kill this project now.....it is shortsighted and stupid and our environment is infinitely more important than the U.S. getting a free ride to their Asian markets.
4/4/2015RachelCrouseDogwood InitiativeHamiltonPlease don't pollute our water systems.It is important that us humans begin to take precautionary action and stop allowing projects to be implemented which could seriously threaten, not only ours, but our entire ecosystem and fellow beings on earth's health. Allowing the exposure of these chemicals to happen is lethal. Maybe not in the immediate, but in the longterm. Something will die. How can a project be allowed to pass that is lethal? Since when are humans the bearers of life and death on earth? Since when is it humans decisions as to whether something living on earth can continue living or die? Not to mention, since when is it left in only the hands of one corporation and one government official to decide whether MY water and MY earth are polluted and filled with chemicals that will make me, my family, our food and fellow living creatures on earth sick? I DO NOT okay the continuation of this project. And I am sure THOUSANDS of others don't either. And our voices ARE what make this decision. NOT yours, or Fraser Surrey Docks.
4/4/2015RomanKesselDogwood InitiativeVictoriaCoal waste is badWithout adequate measures to treat waste before it is dumped into a known thriving marine ecosystem, how can this be a good idea?
4/4/2015RobynQuickDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks- California, Oregon and Washington State have declined to dispose of the coal already! Why are we taking American waste?
- the Fraser River is the spawning channel for salmon, which we eat, and this should be better protected
- there is already coal du
4/4/2015FarshadMalekniaDogwood InitiativeLangleyShipping coal through BCBritish Columbia is the most beautiful place to live with so many wildlife and nature, this project is going to effect the beauty of the nature, harm the wildlife and the environment, beside it will cause so many health problem for the people who are living here.
As a BC resident, I appreciate your concern to not let this happen.
4/4/2015SaloumehZargariDogwood InitiativeLangleyShip coal through BCShipping the coal through BC could be the worst way to harm the environment, Wildlife & public's health. Most of the BC resident's try to save the wildlife & keep the environment clean by volunteering, this project will destroy all of their hard works.
Your consideration will be appreciated.
4/4/2015MCarasDogwood InitiativeEdmontonDeny a Liquid Waste PermitThe water system and dangerous chemicals should not be mixed. It's a
really bad idea!
4/4/2015DeannaRempelDogwood InitiativeCalgaryU.S. thermal coal shipping proposalDear Mr. McGillivray,

Since U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals, coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

Companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Because the project proponent won’t disclose that information, we don't know whether these chemicals contain environmental toxins and human carcinogens, and whether they can be cleaned from the wastewater.

US companies should not be able to potentially degrade our environment-- the effects would be felt far into the future.
4/4/2015BevWorbetsDogwood InitiativeComoxUS thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals.US thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals.
4/4/2015sharajayDogwood InitiativeParksvillecoal sewagepollution and resulting sickness
plus probability of sea and fish destruction
4/4/2015AndrewKinsmanDogwood InitiativeTorontolet those assholes keep their wasteNothing from that country should be allowed up here, especially their toxic waste.
4/4/2015AnonymousSalish Sea Coal CommitteeSechelt,BCSpoiling our fish habitat!No no no no! No shipping of dirty US coal through the Salish Sea!
4/4/2015RichardO'NeillRainfrog Amphibian and Small Mammal SanctuaryRoberts CreekFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationThis permit application must be denied. It is almost insane that in this 21st century some people still want to permit the poisoning of our water and destruction of our land without any consideration for the health of the people, animals, birds, fish and plants that require a healthy aquatic and terrestrial environment to sustain their life on Earth.

It is now well known that coal contains many harmful ingredients, including Mercury, Arsenic, Selenium, and cancer causing agents. The many tons of coal dust which will be deposited in the river and then the Salish Sea will cause as yet unknown damage to all aquatic life.
The coal will be treated with dust suppression agents. Some of these are known to contain cancer causing ingredients. We do not even know what the contents of some of these proposed substances are. The actual specific ingredients need to be identified and made public. It is very unlikely that the planned waste treatment methods will remove all of the harmful substances .

The infrastructure installation planned will be designed for a much greater quantity of coal than they mention as their initial amount. The actual amount will rise rapidly in a few years.

The burning of this coal will have a drastic effect on world climate change, no matter where it is burned. We must stand up and take responsibility for these drastic world wide effects.

This permit must be denied.

Sincerely,

Richard H. O'Neill
4/4/2015SheilaPratthuman raceMaple Ridgewaste discharge permitPlainly and simply, this permit should be rejected. You already know the reasons that rejection is appropriate, and you already know that FSD is in business to make requests that, should the entire population be informed about, would be rejected. Because I am retired and have no family obligations, I can pay attention to these horrendous assaults on our environment; of course, most of the population is busy with family and jobs and are unaware of this and similar proposals. FSD is also in business to make a profit and they certainly won't be paying for expenses related to declining health care and environmental destruction. Because our environment, our waters and our health need protecting, this permit should be rejected.
4/4/2015AnonymousSURREYI am against the waste dischargeI would like to express my opinion in that I am totally against the issuance of a waste discharge permit for the Fraser Surrey Docks.
My concerns are the potential pollution of the Fraser River, impact to get fish stocks and other indigenous species as well as the environment.. Every day we hear about global warming and what is happening to our environment. We have to take responsibility!
Thank you for your attention,
Christine
4/4/2015LarryAndrewsVancouverStop coal sludge disposal into Fraser ReiverWe need to keep our river and ocean water clean.
4/3/2015LaurieMcClartyDogwood InitiativeSurreyNo permit!This project is a terrible idea, because all it will do for Canada is create more pollution. Coal is a dirty fuel, and should be being phased out, not rejuvenated. We do not need more chemicals in our water, more poisons in our air, more toxins in our children. Please consider the future, and which side of history you would want to be on - the side of the destroyers, or the side of the preservers. The lives of your great-grandchildren may well depend on your answer.
4/3/2015KenDouglasDogwood InitiativeSurreyKeep our sewers for rain water only!!The only way that coal waste should be allowed to go in a sewer is if tested and proven safe separators with catchment basins are installed first!!

We don't need another mine tailing pond disaster.

My God - wake up people - clean water is priceless so stop trying to screw it up!!
4/3/2015YvonnePeddemorsDogwood InitiativeLangleyliquid wasteAll industrial waste should be identifiable, treatable and properly disposed of...not just dumped into local sewer systems
4/3/2015ShanleyPittsDogwood InitiativeKamloopsJust say no!It's time to put our health and the health of our environment ahead of corporate profits. It astonishes me that this is even being considered - the risks by far outweigh any miniscuel benefits.
4/3/2015MollyWarnerDogwood InitiativeVancouverNO TO COALPlease open your eyes to the truth of what you are doing.
4/3/2015LynneLogueDogwood InitiativeSalmon ArmFraser Surrey Docks coal port.Polluting waterways is never a good idea. Further study is needed to know exactly what long term consequences are. Vancouver has been my home for most of my life. I have a daughter and grandchildren living there and they need a healthy environment. My family has resided in the city since 1898. A lot has changed in that time and I would hope the first priority of the city is the health and safety of its citizens.
4/3/2015IngoOevermannDogwood InitiativeSmithersWaste Permits for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray:
Not only is the Fraser the longest river
in B.C. (1400 K, 875 Miles), but with its 200 plus tributary rivers, lakes and creeks, it is the world's largest and greatest salmon producing river.
This invaluable food fish and tourism
resource will become much more so in the future, and we must apply ever more
stringent standards to decrease any and
all industrial pollution hazards on the
mouth and length of the Fraser, and the
Strait of Juan de Fuca. Our great grand-
children will applaud our efforts to guard
this wonderful resource. Thank-you for
your thoughtful consideration.
4/3/2015IngoOevermannDogwood InitiativeSmithersWaste Permits for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray:
Not only is the Fraser the longest river
in B.C. (1400 K, 875 Miles), but with its 200 plus tributary rivers, lakes and creeks, it is the world's largest and greatest salmon producing river.
This invaluable food fish and tourism
resource will become much more so in the future, and we must apply ever more
stringent standards to decrease any and
all industrial pollution hazards on the
mouth and length of the Fraser, and the
Strait of Juan de Fuca. Our great grand-
children will applaud our efforts to guard
this wonderful resource. Thank-you for
your thoughtful consideration.
4/3/2015GaétanRacineDogwood InitiativeRivière-BleueNeversAll for future Green live
4/3/2015DavidPikeDogwood InitiativeRothesayDeny this insanityWhy do you people (our so called leaders?) use our great planet as a garbage can.Stop this insanity before it's too late.
4/3/2015BonnieMcCoolDogwood InitiativePort HopeThink before you actIt is time for companies and our government representatives to start to actually think before they act.

What problems are we creating for future generations through our reckless endeavors? Are companies prepared for the consequences of these actions or does $$$ always come before common sense?
4/3/2015CGDogwood Initiativesddeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks
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Keep US Coal Out of Our Sewer


Desperate U.S. coal companies want a free ride through B.C. to get their toxic product to Asian markets. They’ve teamed up with Fraser Surrey Docks to push through a coal shipping proposal and their next step is getting permission to spew dirty wastewater from the proposed coal port into our public sewer system.

Metro Vancouver wants to hear from you before they decide on the permit, but we only have until April 9 to get our message across.

Fraser Surrey Docks can’t ship coal without this permit, so your comment could tip the balance to shut this proposal down. The decision is in the hands of Metro Vancouver’s Sewage Control Manager Grant McGillivray. He has to consider whether wastewater from Fraser Surrey Docks’ proposed coal port poses a threat to human health and safety, and the environment.

Your job is to tell Mr. McGillivray why you think this project stinks. Here are a few ideas:

U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
4/3/2015BarryMahoneyDogwood InitiativeBoltonPlease Deny this travesty.What more do you need me to say so you get that this is a very very bad idea. Please deny this toxic nightmare.
4/3/2015PhillipCarbertDogwood InitiativeVancouverMystery dumping is unacceptableTo allow a liquid dumping permit to an already environmentally irresponsible energy source is basically giving a free license to pollute indiscriminately. If this is allowed it will prove that only money matters in the face of environmental responsibility. Think of the future. We must know exactly what is going into our sewers and our environment.
4/3/2015BillMcCoyDogwood InitiativePort Coquitlamdumping coal sludgeOur public sewer system shouldn’t be open to just anyone dumping toxic wastewater.
4/3/2015TannisEwingDogwood InitiativeCalgaryMessage to Grant McGillivrayDear Sir,

The power that corporations currently have in Canada to ignore the problems they create in the environment is too high. Greater transparency is absolutely necessary.

I request that this permit not be granted until/unless there is a complete disclosure (by these companies) of the nature of all proprietary chemical additives that will end up in the waste water along with scientific back-up that none of these chemicals will be damaging to the fish, the plants, the animals, or the humans that will come into contact with the waste stream.
4/3/2015VeraDanculovicDogwood InitiativeGuelphNo to Liquid Waste PermitDear Mr. McGillivray,
Please do not permit U.S. coal companies to dump coal waste into B.C.'s public sewer system. Have you determined the risks?

What extra measures are in place to ensure human and environmental safety?
The coal waste is teaming with toxic heavy metals- will they be adequately removed before discharging the water back into the Fraser River? What dangerous chemicals are used to reduce coal dust along the export route?

Why is there not full disclosure? Citizens have a right to know.
I implore you, please take the time to get all the facts before you decide. Please do not allow another environmental disaster threaten our lives and environment.
Thank-you.
4/3/2015ChantalMathesonDogwood InitiativeVittoriaWould you drink toxic water!?I am against any toxic materials being dumped into any body of water big or small! Protect our environment from people who don't care about it!
4/3/2015ShawnMackDogwood InitiativeKelownaStop being idiotsMan ppl are stupid in Vancouver Pathic little crappy ppl dumbass to put crap In our sewer system which already got stuff in there from us man are so dumb now a days.
4/3/2015mariegraffDogwood Initiativetorontocoal wasteThis waste by-product must be screened for toxic constituents that must be ecologically dressed before The waste is allows to enter our collectively shared water system.
4/3/2015JudyMcLarenDogwood InitiativeNorth SaanichNo more coalGet into the 21st century, boys. Coal is damaging to everyone - to our entire globe. Start thinking new technologies. NO MORE COAL EXPORTS from Canadian ports.
4/3/2015HowardKirkhamDogwood InitiativeVictoriaLiquid waste permit for coal waste waterThe burden of proof is upon Fraser City Docks and U.S. Coal companies to provide adequate evidence that disposal of coal waste water into the sewage system poses no threat to human health and environmental safety. Please deny the application by the Fraser Surrey Docks.
4/3/2015John KentWylesDogwood InitiativeVanandau.s. coalwake up!! we've done enough damage to our precious Provience'' by turning blind eyes for corporate greed , power,& that almighty ''dollar', All we'll end up with is more pollution , congestion ,loss of habitate & more unforeseen environmental diasters due to lack of responsible for sight by our ''leaders''
4/3/2015AlfredRiderDogwood InitiativeForest.COAL WASTE.Step by Step our world is being 'Trampelled on' by the dirty boots of huge companies.

Time to make these companies work at polluting in their own back yards.
4/3/2015SusanneKoenigDogwood InitiativeMassetLiquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray,
as a mother I am concerned about the future of all our children and would like to see that the long term effects of the liquid waste disposal for the Fraser Surrey Docks are scientifically evaluated and the effectiveness of the treatement of such wastes through our existing sewer system are determined before the permit is given.
Thank you very much,
4/3/2015MarcHortonDogwood Initiativeparrsboropolluting the fraser riverthis is stupid and thoughtless,please do not do this
4/3/2015LorraineHewlettDogwood InitiativeYellowknifeKeep US coal out of Vancouver sewersI am wriring to support Metro Vancouver denying a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks. U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. They would be flushed into the wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but residents don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for the sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health. Here is an opportunity for responsible decision-making.

Thank you for listening to public concerns and giving people the answers they deserve about risks to health and the environment.
4/3/2015RuthPickeringDogwood InitiativeDundasNo permit to dump waste ... From US coalDumping waste into rivers is inappropriate.
Since the precise consist ion of the materials is unknown, it is even more inappropriate.
Many of these materials are toxic to humans and all livings things, thus making it also dangerous and stupid.
We all need clean water. It is being poisoned and used inappropriately world- wide.
It should be stopped!
4/3/2015TaraCullisDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease deny permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.1. Air is our no.1 need; burning coal destroys the atmosphere -- AND our climate -- so coal is OUT.
2. Water is our no.2 need; polluting it for the US to sell coal to China is OUT.
4/3/2015RogerBeckDogwood InitiativeValemountcoal wasteIt is essential to research this matter thoroughly before granting any approval to use the sewer system for this purpose.
4/3/2015KevinMacDonaldDogwood InitiativeVancouverSay no to this pollution!Without detailed scientific proof that the waste water put into our sewers is safe this should not be allowed. If it is proven safe they should then be charged fees in order to filter out all of these contaminents ensuring we are all safe. Our water remains clean and we don't have to bend to big business. There may be a solution that allows this but not without studies and scientific proof.
4/3/2015RoelofSchootmanDogwood InitiativeDeltaKeep U.S. coal out of CanadaU.S. thermal coal is toxic full of heavy metals.
Toxic coal dust will still escape into our precious air along route through public areas, residential areas, farmland and contaminate rivers where fish live.
Chemicals used to reduce toxic coal dust is applied outside of Canada so no control over the health risks here.
4/3/2015RoelofSchootmanDogwood InitiativeDeltaKeep U.S. coal out of CanadaU.S. thermal coal is toxic full of heavy metals.
Toxic coal dust will still escape into our precious air along route through public areas, residential areas, farmland and contaminate rivers where fish live.
Chemicals used to reduce toxic coal dust is applied outside of Canada so no control over the health risks here.
4/3/2015RosieBratovenskiDogwood InitiativeWhite RockLiquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey docksAllowing this waste to go into our sewer system is unconscionable and dangerous. To allow this without knowing what the toxins and true risks are is gambling with our health and water. You cannot allow this to happen with blatant disregard for the consequences of dumping this pollutant into our system.
4/3/2015BeverlyBlenner-HassettDogwood InitiativePender Islandcoal wasteIsn't there already enough pollution?
4/3/2015CarolynGivensDogwood InitiativeEdmontonCommon senseCommon sense, in this situation, means we make decisions based on *all* the evidence. If the city doesn't know what's being dumped, they can't account for the long term effects.

Get smarter. People are the future, not corporations. We need protection, the bottom line of the greedy does not.
4/3/2015TerryGerowDogwood InitiativeSorrentoCoal shipments through Fraser Surrey DocksThe Fraser River is already subjected to extremely high levels of contamination by industrial pollutants. Allowing the addition of more unidentified and possibly environmentally sensitive chemicals will only continue to cost us all in dollars and health threatening issues; to the public, fisheries, and our environment. Take a stand for Canadians and support the long term sustainability of our irreplacable natural environment!
4/3/2015jojoDogwood Initiativevancouver.Deny Coal wste permit, metro VancouverStop this toxic crap, Metro Vancouver.
4/3/2015PeterMartinDogwood Initiativevancouvercoal port wastewater1). Why is it that American companies can spray chemical surfactants, which they call "Propriety" on trains from the States en route to the Fraser Surrey Docks without disclosing their chemical constituents? Other companies in Canada must disclose information on chemicals they use.
I demand that you force these American coal companies to disclose this information.

2) With the Chinese government now engaged in a massive clean-up of air-born pollution in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, why is it that BC continues to shames ourselves in the eyes of the world, by sending such pollution-ridden coal off shore?
We do not want coal tankers plying Georgia Strait. We do not want secret corporate money-interests to be the driver of our economy. We do not want Fraser Coal Port air-pollution to blow toxic fumes across our city, and we do not want Fraser Coal Port to pump its polutted wastewater into our public sewer system.
4/3/2015NeilCrouchDogwood InitiativeComoxWaste waterCoal is not the best for the air (burning), but it's even worse for our water.
4/3/2015LyndaPeachDogwood InitiativeLions BayWastewater from Proposed Coal PortMr Grant McGillivray
Sewage Control Manager
Metro Vancouver

Dear Mr McGillivray

I would implore Metro Vancouver to refuse the request from Fraser Surrey Docks to allow wastewater from the proposed coal handling facilities into Metro’s sewer systems. What kind of potentially toxic sludge could it let loose into our environment which might affect public health and our ecosystems?

U.S. coal apparently contains a lot of toxic heavy metals. Moreover, to contain dust from it, along its way from U.S. sources to our area, this coal gets sprayed with many surfectants. And yet the project proponents are apparently not saying what these surfectants contain.

Mr McGillivray, if I walked into your office and as a householder said I was going to start dumping filth with unknown chemicals in it intro Metro sewers, you would say “excuse me, you’re not”. Please accord the same treatment to Fraser Surrey Docks. Unless it can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.

Like so many residents of Metro Vancouver, I am fed up with the constant pressure of these ill-considered infrastructure projects, all of them aimed at getting more hydrocarbon-based fuels into markets overseas. Globally, all they do is heat up our planet and make rich people richer. Here in BC, they’re supposed to be rushed through without any adequate analysis of the cost in terms of human and environmental health. And they all too often turn out to make zero economic sense when there are shifts in the market.

If you now have the opportunity for responsible decision-making, I urge you to use that for the benefit of residents of Metro Vancouver. No other level of government is listening to us.

Yours sincerely,

Peach Akerhielm, PO Box 46
Lions Bay, BC V0N2E0
4/3/2015JudithToronchukDogwood InitiativeDeltacoal waste?Please do not risk the health of or future generations. We have already made too much pollution in the Fraser River. In addition it would add to noise and air pollution for those of us who live along the rail route.

Please, please.
4/3/2015SharonVicknerDogwood InitiativeSaskatoonFraser Surrey DocksThe list of reasons why this permit is wrong long winded so I will state the obvious; toxins in water with prove detrimental to all living species in and around the water ways, the clean up that will have to be done later after the destruction will never restore the region to its original health, the losses of species and clean air will effect future generations, money cannot replace life, water, and the respect lost for the region and finally the damage will take place and can be avoided by protecting the health of the people, critters, plants, insects and environment NOW. Take a stand and show that money is not a good enough excuse to take away our rights to say no.
4/3/2015BarbaraLangDogwood InitiativeVancouverConcern about coal wastewaterDear Mr. McGillivray,
As our Sewage Control Manager I urge you to ensure that the wastewater from the proposed coal port at Fraser Surrey Docks will not pose a threat to the environment or to human health. I understand that the thermal coal contains toxic heavy metals. In addition, to reduce coal dust, the coal piles are being sprayed with other unidentified chemicals. I believe that most residents of Metro Vancouver would object to Fraser Surrey Docks being granted a permit to dump wastewater into our sewage system without knowing what is in the wastewater and without knowing the potential impact on public health and the environment.
Thank you.
4/3/2015Marilyn & GordHarrisDogwood InitiativeN.SaanichFraser Surrey dock permitHow can surface surfactants with a “unidentified proprietary additive” that can cause irritation of the skin, eyes and respiratory system be considered safe.

Trace metals and unknown chemicals would flow into wastewater and storm water at Fraser Surrey Docks and be flushed into the sewer system.
There’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all these pollutants before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.
These toxins could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
4/3/2015MarcelleEdwardsDogwood InitiativeHalifaxLook before you leapThere has been too much evidence of people in authority bowing to profit motives above and before health of the environment. The substances that are to be disposed of need to be identified, and their impact clearly defined before allowing the Islands to become a dumping ground for the industrial waste of any kind.
4/3/2015TerryWeinbenderDogwood InitiativeSurreyCoal wastewaterThe coal companies could care less how much toxic crap gets dumped into our waters. The only concern they have is how much money they can make, we all know that! I say NO, NO, NO to their proposal to dump whatever they want to into our waters!
4/3/2015PenelopeGillDogwood InitiativeSurreycoal wasteI do not want coal sludge being put into my waste sewage treatment plant. What's in that waste? It could screw up the facility as well as harm the environment when it is discharged. If their project is viable then they can provide their own proper waste disposal not be subsidized by the tax payers.
4/3/2015MarvinHaaveDogwood InitiativeCourtenayKeep coal sludge out of the FraserThe Fraser River is too valuable an invaluable fish and environmental resource to take any chance on polluting it with waste water from shipping U.S. coal through Fraser Surrey Docks.
4/3/2015ColinStarkDogwood InitiativeVancouverNO U.S. coal in our sewersUnless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe to be discharged into the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
4/3/2015DBrandsDogwood InitiativeKeswickdeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/3/2015barbaraeclementDogwood InitiativekelownaDeny Liquid Waste Permit.This is insanity. Let US corporations deal with their own waste, not ship through our ports.

Really this is a no brainer. The public outcry and anger will be loud if you allow this.
4/3/2015AaronBerghofferDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease deny Fraser Surrey docks liquid waste permitPlease do not give a liquid waste permit to Fraser Surrey docks.
There is no excuse for dumping liquid waste and coal sludge into the sewer system where it can be washed away and forgotten.
Please consider the effects on the ocean and marine life around Vancouver.
Please consider the increased capacity that our sewer system will need to endure.
Even if you can trust that no chemical or heavy metal will ever reach the ocean, prematurely building new wastewater treatment facilities will have an environmental impact.
Why should we allow the greed of Fraser Surrey docks and their dirty energy coal to damage our beautiful coast?
4/3/2015LaurenKaljurDogwood InitiativeVancouverSay no !Fragile ecosystem on which we depend for millions in tourism revenue generation ! As a hospitality worker I demand you stand up for our livelihood. I cherish my health and environment - say no !!
4/3/2015SaraHeronDogwood InitiativeVancouverbad ideaUnless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe to be discharged into the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
4/3/2015ClaraJacobDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverBad moveTo pollute on such an impactful scale goes against common sense don't you think?
4/3/2015AmandaLeeDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease Deny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksUnless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/3/2015samantharafteryDogwood InitiativeSaanichtonoceans as sewerswe must stop using our oceans as a convenient sewer for any type of waste products. whatever poison, toxins, biomedical hazard waste, etc. comes back to us in the tissues and cells of the sea creatures we eat. it is 2015, if we can put men on the moon, why is it so difficult to prevent ocean pollution?! do not be part of the problem, get busy solving alternatives to just dumping crap into our waters!!!
4/3/2015LoraMcElhinneyDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny permit for Fraser Surrey DocksWe should not become a dumping ground for industrial waste.
4/3/2015EileenHoodDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverGet out of the coal business!Fraser Surrey Docks wants to bring up to 8 million tonnes of U.S. thermal coal by rail from mines in Montana and Wyoming, then send it on barges to Texada Island to be shipped to power plants in Asia. When are we going to say 'no' to handling fossil fuels? When are we going to base our economy on non-carbon producing products? We have the education and the innovation to be leaders in Vancouver and B.C.. We just need the political will.
4/3/2015GailMestonDogwood InitiativeVictoriaLiquid Waste PermitI am writing to you as a BC citizen concerned about the lack of consideration given to our environment and the effect that inadvertent business decisions can make on our personal health and the health of our water, air and soil. In that regard, I urge you to withhold the Liquid Waste Permit from Fraser Surrey Docks until, at least, it has been determined what exactly will be in the coal wastewater and what effect it will have on our health and the health of the environment in which we live. Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
Thank you.
4/3/2015FrancesCalcraftDogwood InitiativeDawson CreekKeep the poisonous liquids out of our environmentWhy do you need to get rid of the surfactants here? Why not let the customers do that if it is necessary? If they are that picky that they refuse it, then maybe stop selling coal to them.
This plan is a threat to our environment. Let USA ship out its own coal through its own ports, and treat it however they want, but we should not have to do their work for them.
4/3/2015TheresiaSmithDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverCoal Waste in SewerMr McGillivray,

I don't want this coal waste in our sewage and then ultimately in our ocean.
It is full of toxic heavy metals which cannot be guaranteed to be filtered out at our wastewater treatment plant. It could have dire effects on our fish and the environment, as well as human health.
These coal shipments are also sprayed with toxic suffactants to reduce dust. These chemicals may not be filtered out at the sewage plant either.

I ask you to consider the health and well being of our citizens and the environment when you make your decision.
4/3/2015JackMorrisDogwood InitiativeComox, BCFraser Surrey Docks Coal HandlingThe impacts from this project far exceed the small gains in employment that have been mentioned. Why should we accept traffic obstruction caused by long trains, noise and dust that would reduce real estate values, and an overall reduction in quality of life of those who live close to the railway or transfer facility.

No permit for liquid waste disposal should be considered without definitive knowledge of the contaminates contained in the coal stream. Disposal plans must include removal of solids and dissolved ions down to the upstream levels of the river.

Why is this project being considered at all in view of the negative impacts? Let's revert to first priinciples and present a list of positive and negative features, with costs/benefits addigned to each.
4/3/2015SteveWraggettDogwood InitiativeHamiltonCoalFind another way to deal with this toxic mess. Our natural ecosystems require our protection, not our potential dumping.
4/3/2015TaissiaGloukhova-SinclairDogwood InitiativeNanaimoCoal wasteMore research is needed before it can be approved as safe.
4/3/2015MaryStockdaleDogwood InitiativeVernonno thanks!U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/3/2015NadjaHockingDogwood Initiativepowell riverNo coal in sewageIt is the stupidest idea , bad for water, bad for public. Cheapest way to pollute, irresponsible!
4/3/2015MarilynpearsonDogwood InitiativeNanaimoNo U.S. coal wasteThe US needs to get their own toxic materials to Asia, and leave Canada to sort out our own issues with the environment and climate change... We have enough of our own toxic materials to deal with.
4/3/2015GraceGolightlyDogwood InitiativeVictoriaWhat's in the liquid waste?The company won't tell us what chemicals are sprayed on the coal to keep dust down, but they expect us to introduce it into our sewer systems and into our marine ecosystems?

How dumb are we? Dumb enough to take short-term money while we poison our neighbouring ecosystems?

Fraser River salmon are already terribly stressed. Orcas in this area are among the most toxic scientists have found.

It's time to consider the ramifications of our actions, and to make responsible decisions on behalf of citizens and the earth that we depend upon for our lives and health.
4/3/2015SarahOrlowskiDogwood InitiativeGrand ForksCoal sludge dumpingThe dumping of waste sludge must not be approved without a thorough analysis of all components in it and potential environmental effects.
4/3/2015DavidTsabarDogwood InitiativevancouverNo to Coal Waste Water.The sewage treatment plan we have in place was not designed for the quantities of waste water that coal companies will produce, nor for the kinds of carcinogenic toxins and pollutants in that water. It will inevitably find its way into the ecosystem and besides poisoning it further, will move up the chain to affect humans.

When changes of such magnitude are proposed, more time and care should be taken to assess potential damages, rather than less.

All this before even taking into consideration the environmental impact of actually using that coal, which is somewhere else so we can close our eyes and pretend it doesn't happen.

Don't ram this through. In fact, don't do this at all.
4/3/2015RBressanDogwood InitiativeShawnigan LakeSurrey Docks liquid waste permitThis needs transparency.
4/3/2015DeniseJones-ChuDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Waste PermitOur sewage system was not designed for the quantities of waste water that coal companies produce, nor for getting rid of the various carcinogenic toxins and heavy metals in that water. Those will end up damaging the Fraser river and will inevitably end up causing disease to humans. When changes such as this are to take place, I would like to see more/slower, rather than less/rushed, consultation and expert assessments. All of that before even thinking about the environmental impact of using the coal, which will happen elsewhere so we can close our eyes and pretend it doesn't happen. Don't do this.
4/3/2015LauraKaakeDogwood InitiativeCoquitlamKEEP DISCUSTING CHEMICALS OUT!!!We need to STOP allowing the chemical companies from killing OUR planet! We DON'T want them in OUR Country! They don't care about the environment! WHEN there's a spill, WE will have to live with the consequences! DON'T allow it to be a possibility. DON'T let them in! ! !
4/3/2015BeverlyWattDogwood InitiativeVancouverdirty wastewaterWe do not need any avoidable toxic wastes entering our sewage system. This proposal at this time in history is preposterous. I say a definite no to spewing dirty wastewater from the coal port into our sewer system.
4/3/2015MarcCarfraeDogwood InitiativeTsawwassenCoal sewageHi,

Please make sure that we are very careful to what we are allowing to go into our waters. We live in a very important bird flyway.
4/3/2015anettestauskeDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo dirty wastewater from the proposed coal port into our public sewer systemU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
4/3/2015FlorenceRoyDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste at Fraser Surrey DocksWater from public sewers ultimately goes into the ocean, habitat to fish of all kinds many of which are important food sources.

Coal is a particularly dirty fuel and we should be trying to eliminate its use.
4/3/2015KimReidDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterLiquid Waste PermitI can't imagine that ANYTHING containing chemicals can be safe for the Fraser River and environment. Please deny this permit. I'm a concerned New Westminster Quay resident
4/3/2015BethannaCaveyDogwood InitiativeOttawagarbage waterPlease keep garbage out of our water!
4/3/2015MichaelannDahlmanDogwood InitiativeAbbotsfordDON'T ALLOW THIS!It is bad for our beautiful environment, on which we all depend.
4/3/2015davidrileyDogwood InitiativeSurreyLW PermitThe proponent should have to do their own treatment of their own by products, if the cost makes this project uneconomic, so be it.
4/3/2015JuliaMacRaeDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal port ? no thanksI think the port of vancouver is already very over industrialized and is a threat to the natural environment around it. I am sure the good gfolks of Seattle have banned it for a reason, so why would we then accept it?
4/3/2015LouiseWoycheskoDogwood Initiativelindsay wastewater from Fraser Surrey Docks’ proposed coal port poses a threat to human health and safety, and the environment.Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
4/3/2015GordKasperDogwood InitiativeBurnabyDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
4/3/2015LeslieSlackDogwood InitiativeDeltaLIQUID WASTE PERMIT - FRASER SURREY DOCKSThis should not be allowed for obvious reasons such as the health risks that our environment and community will be subjected to. Enough is enough!
4/3/2015KathleenRolstonDogwood InitiativeDeltaYUK!!!We don't want this TOXIC CRAP any where near us!!!!!
4/3/2015Troy GermaineTaylorDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo coal waste, thanks.I do not think coal in any shape or form is good for Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, or the rest of world. Far more public consultation is needed whenever taking on such pollutants. Coal is a huge dirty issue that every Canadian needs to know about and discuss before government makes any decisions.
4/3/2015RudiLeibikDogwood InitiativeVancouverStop coal port at Surrey docksPlease halt all plans to proceed with the coal port at the Surrey docks. The environmental risks are huge, and the waste that would be released into the public sewer system would create all kinds of costly problems. Voters say "NO!".
4/3/2015DonnaMendelsohnDogwood InitiativeFort AssiniboineNo Coal in Our Sewers!Keep US Coal out of Canadian sewers
4/3/2015AndreaYallitsDogwood InitiativeGrand Forksdumping of toxic wastewater into public sewer systemThe dumping of toxic wastewater into public sewer system is a recipe for disaster. The public sewer system is not set up to handle the kinds of pollutants from coal dust and the chemical sufactants used to control the dust. Please use discretion on this matter, it is better to be safe than sorry, with the environment and human health at risk.
4/3/2015JulieHunterDogwood InitiativeVancouverDo not grant a permit to dump liquid waste from the Fraser Surrey Docksnothing but plain water containing, chemically neutral, static, biodegradable and sustainable subtances should be allowed to be put in the river - no phosphates, phthalates, platisizers, etc etc. Also Nothing that increases the turbidity or affects visibility, or light conductivity of the water. Just downstream of the proposed coal docks, is the underwater microbial interface between Burns Bog and the Fraser River. Most people are unaware that the health of the bog entails the exchange of micro-organisms through the submerged river bank and the bog.
4/3/2015LouiseWoycheskoDogwood Initiativelindsay wastewater from Fraser Surrey Docks’ proposed coal port poses a threat to human health and safety, and the environment.Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
4/3/2015AlvenaPaulsDogwood InitiativeAbbotsford. B.C. CanadaDeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksAll along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
4/3/2015JaniceGidoraDogwood InitiativeMissionkeep coal dust and pollution out of Canada,First of all, why does the coal have to go through our beautiful country. It should go through the USA. We don't need any more pollution here.
4/3/2015RobKnightDogwood InitiativeBowen Is.Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks Coal Port.I urge you to deny a liquid waste permit for the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks coal port. There are so many unknowns about the content of such liquid waste and one more increment of toxic materials to Metro Vancouver's waste stream could be the tipping point to the extinction of 6 SAR listed mammals in Georgia Strait. There will be an international conference this May re these species at risk from marine contaminants at the Vancouver Aquarium. If this permit is granted I will personally draw the attention of the conference to this signifiant mismanagement of the Fraser River Estuary. Granting this permit will expose Metro Vancouver to enormous legal liabilities through actions that will be brought by the BC ENGO community and the federal Species At Risk Act.
4/3/2015SallyRosevearDogwood InitiativePrince Georgecoal surfacents in our waterBoth the coal dust and the chemicals used to reduce air pollution are going to end up in our water. Water is our most precious resource. Respect our right to clean, safe, water.
4/3/2015CielSanderDogwood InitiativeGreenwoodNo to Fraser Surrey Docks permitGlobal warming is contributed to by the burning of coal.

We should not allow a coal port to take coal that should not be burned. PERIOD

Just because the United States people doesn't want a coal port, doesn't mean that Canada should be nice. We need to protect our environment for future generations and not allow for coal to be shipped to countries that don't have the regulations that the US and Canada has.
4/3/2015A.B.HansenDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo Toxins WantedDon't give Fraser Surrey docks permission to spew dirty wastewater from the proposed coal port into our public sewer system.
4/3/2015RudolfKovanicDogwood InitiativeBowen IslandNo to Conduit for US Dirty CoalTo Metro Van's Sewage Control Manager
Dear Mr. McGillivray, our port of Vancouver is one of our most precious and valuable assets. Also the Fraser River is the largest salmon river in the world. Coal waste water is a threat to our public health, fish and our envirionment. Please show leadership in protecting these precious assets and do not grant Fraser Surrey Docks permission to dump waste water into these waterways. We the public and all our children and grandchildren will thank you for your wise and judicious decision in this matter.
4/3/2015Mary JaneStewartDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey docksOur clean water and air are precious resources we should protect and not risk spoiling for short term gain.
4/3/2015ThomasNicholsDogwood InitiativeVancouverdeny permit to Fraser Surrey DocksThe taxpayers of Metro Vancouver should not have to pay for disposing of dirty, potentially toxic wastewater arising from the
transhipment of US coal to Asian markets.

I urge you to deny Fraser Surrey Docks a permit for this use of the Regional sewer system.
4/3/2015DavidAgesDogwood InitiativeGaliano IslandLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksIt is completely preposterous that we would permit our port facilities to be used for the export of an American commodity that US authorities have had the good sense to block. Take all actions necessary to ensure this does not happen. Bad enough that we export climate trashing Canadian coal through Vancouver harbour.
No permits for Fraser Surrey Docks for coal export
4/3/2015ChrisBruelsDogwood InitiativeCourtenayAlready stressed infrastructureThe Lower Mainland is already stressing the infrastructure that serves it's population and industries. To add the questionable quality of waste from a coal port is almost unbelievable. Who would pay for the clean up of the public sewer system once it is overloaded with chemicals that it was not designed to treat?
Please just say "NO".
4/3/2015KristaParkerDogwood InitiativeEdmontonProtect the FutureDear Mr. McGillivray,
Waterways belong not just to us, but also to future generations, and we have a responsibility to safeguard them from irreversible damage. Once polluted with heavy metals and other chemicals from coal transport, our precious water will not only be unusable but also a public hazard. Please reconsider this reckless plan and think of the future generations who are depending on you to make the right decision, for now and for always.
4/3/2015SandraGoodallDogwood InitiativeNORTH VANCOUVERcoal sludgeWhy should we even consider allowing this sludge to be dumped into our waters. We have contaminants enough of our own to try to figure out how to deal with. This is such a bad idea. I can't believe it has got this far. We are just now, after years of effort, beginning to see signs of life returning to Georgia Strait. Are we really thinking of allowing coal barges to traffic between the Fraser river and Texada, then allow them to turn around and travel back down the strait and out Juan de Fuca. Are we mad? Somebody needs to give their head a shake. When are we going to realize that we cannot continue to jeopardize our salmon fishery. Someone has to stand up and say, "Enough!"
4/3/2015HannelorePinderDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease no American coal shipmentsCoal burning should be curtailed world wide, to help the climate not overheating.
Coal shipments create toxic coal dust and finally the waste water which too is not good for human health. This permit must not be given.
4/3/2015TrevorSmithPrivate ResidentDelta, BCLiquird Waste PermitWe respectfully request that Metro Vancouver deny a "liquid waste permit" to the Fraser Surrey Docks to discharge any toxic waste water (i.e. thermal coal wash material) into any Municipal sewer system that discharges into our waterways and oceans.
4/3/2015AnonymousSurreyPlease Vote No and Deny the Pemit!Please deny the permit for the following reasons:

• More information is needed to ensure that pH values of contaminated water will not be an issue.
• The toxic metals may exceed concentration maximums even after pre-treating of the waste water.
• What effect will the toxic substances (PAHs) have in our water system? What will the consequences be and to what extent can they be treated?
• DUSTREAT, a carcinogen, will be used but Fraser Surrey Docs does not state 100% what other substances (and the quantity) that will be used.
Why? They also neglect to mention how they intend to pre-treat the water laced with the substances. Why are they not totally transparent?
• Why do they not address the impact on the environment that Chitosan may have in their application?

Until there is total transparency as to the health and environmental risks I am asking you to vote NO.

Thank You!
4/3/2015AnonymousNanaimoFraser Surrey Docks proposalSirs:
DO NOT issue permit for go ahead to this project!
What are you thinking?
Nothing is worth risking the whole ecosystem of the Salish Sea and surrounding area.
Our provincial government recognizes our uniqueness and specialness when it developed the slogan “the best place on earth” to promote B.C. worldwide.
How could you possibly risk endangering this?
There is 2 3,000,000 residents in the lower mainland and Vancouver Island regions that could be directly impacted.

I believe you know the right thing to do. American response to such proposals have given you a strong hint.
Please, now, just DO IT! - the right thing...


Rev. Jordan Ellis
4/3/2015JimSteitzGatlinburgReject Coal Export Disasterurge you to reject to any all permits currently and likely soon to be considered by the government of British Columbia for the export of American coal from its Pacific Coast. Any such coal export terminals, such as those proposed at Fraser Surrey Docks, and the 'Neptune', and 'Westshore' terminals, would constitute an ecological disaster at every step in the life-cycle of the coal, from its mining, through transport, to combustion in its intended Chinese power plants. These terminals frustrates the maintenance of a planet that can sustain human life, serve no other valid purpose, and must therefore be rejected by British Columbia. As a citizen of America, I am embarrassed and saddened that companies in my country wish to launder their ecological poison through Canada, and I wish to register my dissenting voice as one American who wishes you not to assist the ecological criminals in my own country.

These pending applications would export hundreds of million tons of coal through British Columbia, much of which would come from the America's Powder River Basin and eastern Montana. This volume of coal would constitute an unmitigated ecological disaster, in violent opposition to the Obama Administration's objective of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Human survival demands that this coal remain securely underground. If the goals articulated at prior international climate-change negotiations are to have any meaningful policy expression at the national level, then British Columbia cannot condone this export of the world's most climate-adverse source of electricity. The coal companies recognize that American demand for coal is declining, and now seek to convert North America into a resource colony for Asian electrical utilities.

Even the smallest scope of environmental analysis, these terminals' proximate impact to the local natural and human environment is grossly unacceptable. The coal train traffic, local air and water pollution, congestion, and destruction of the community ambiance, would transform the local areas into purgatories of industrial misery. The residents of coastal British Columbia, I strongly suspect, did not anticipate playing host to a massive American commodity export infrastructure. Moreover, if you allow these first terminals, the taste of the coal companies for large exports will be sweetened and made insatiable throughout the Pacific Northwest. Your government as well as that of Oregon and Washington states will be flooded with more such applications, for which it would have no consistent grounds to reject, having already dismissed human survival as one such ground.

Again, please reject these coal export terminal permits, including Fraser Surrey Docks, and the 'Neptune', and 'Westshore' terminals, and keep British Columbia from becoming a conduit for the trafficking of my country's most globally lethal commodity to new Asian markets. I sincerely hope that you do not wish your province to become a trans-Pacific launchpad for global climate catastrophe. Thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.
4/2/2015ChristopherGauthierDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny this permitJust like ingredients on a package, we have a right to know what's going in our sewers.
4/2/2015BrieCharetteDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo sewage permit without thorough testingDear Mr. McGillivray,
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
This is the minimum we should request of any company, to take responsibility for the end results of their products, especially when the risk is so great.
4/2/2015shirleyhintzDogwood InitiativesurreyCoal wasteNo, No, No! Are we not destroying our own environment enough without letting another country come in and add to our mess.
4/2/2015StephJanumDogwood InitiativeMaple RidgeRe: Coal Waste in our SewersMcGillivray,

To approve dumping coal sludge into our sewers without even knowing what it consists of is moronic. How much are you getting paid off to allow this to happen?

Do you even know if our waste-water treatment plant can filter out all of the toxins and pollutants before being deposited back into the Fraser River?

It should be the sole responsibility of Fraser Surrey Docks to prove that their sludge is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River.

Please think about these ideas before handing out a sewage dumping permit.
4/2/2015JeffChildsDogwood InitiativeParksvilleNo Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksPlease deny the Liquid Waste Permit request for Fraser Surrey Docks.

Coal is poison, filled with toxic heavy metals and carcinogens. While this will go to a wastewater treatment plant, there is no way that it will be able to remove all of these toxic wastes. In fact, the wastewater treatment plant itself was probably not designed to treat this level of industrial waste.

This toxic chemical cocktail will add to the burden of pollution that already gets dumped daily into the Fraser River from this and other sources.

This will not only impact the environment, but could also have serious impacts on human health as well.

Washington and Oregon both rejected requests to move coal through their regions, and pollution like this is one of the reasons they did. We don't want this pollution in our beautiful part of the world either.

Please reject the Liquid Waste Permit request for Fraser Surrey Docks.
4/2/2015LindiSmithDogwood InitiativeParksvilledirty wastewater from the proposed coal port into our public sewer system.Unknown toxins can destroy ecosystems!!
Coal is the filthiest source of energy on the planet!!!
Public ignorance is unacceptable!
Vancouver is beautiful... why sully that with toxic waste and chemical crap?
Coal is a bad idea to begin with.... we have access to alternative clean energy sources.... what is the problem here???
4/2/2015GillianBalmerDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverPlease say noWhy take American waste?

Who is profiting from this?

Please be responsible.
4/2/2015AnneWylieDogwood InitiativeWhite RockKeep US coal out of our sewer and our environmentPlease, please, put the health and safety of our children and our environment ahead of greed and irresponsibility. There are other energy forms available which are less harmful. Coal has always caused health problems and been a dirty source of fuel.

I implore you to care more for humanity and be willing to stand up for what is right for life and wellbeing in the local area and around the world. Do not contribute to the demise of planet by pouring more toxic chemicals into the world. We have enough already to destroy our bio systems and you will not be exempt from the ill effects of your greedy profit motivated decisions.

Surely you have suffered the heartbreak of a loved one's death from cancer. Please choose compassion instead of greed and stand up for your children and grandchildren. Be committed to ending suffering rather than promoting decisions to increase it.
4/2/2015AshleighSomervilleDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksMr. Grant McGillivray;

Toxic heavy metals and unknown chemicals do NOT belong in our wastewater systems and ultimately in the Fraser River! Please deny this project to protect public health, our fish, and the environment.
4/2/2015MikeGiesbrechtDogwood Initiativenorth VancouverDeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksAn Ariel view of the Fraser River delta clearly shows where the proposed discharge will travel. The proposed discharge will negatively impact local communities and fish habitat, but also damage Maine, Galliano, and other pristine gulf islands. It is irresponsible to accept this magnitude of environmental degradation for the sake of a few corporate dollars. Don't do it!
4/2/2015RobertFurberDogwood InitiativeVictoriaCoal waste needs special treatmentWhile still meeting your BOD and SS sewage effluent requirements, the toxicity will skyrocket causing untold environmental harm. Vancouver will be tarnished as yet another environmentally irresponsible city.
4/2/2015Utavon NaumburgDogwood InitiativeCranbrookcoal sludge in sewer systemin my opinion toxic, needs to be fully disclosed, why should a public system treat (AND PAY) for stuff a company makes money on. They needs to clean up their own waste with the money they make of it, in an environmentally safe manner, and that needs to be proven and monitored.
Also: we have our own coal, and coal industry, why should we support US coal, we have to look into our best interest first. Then: what did they do before with the US coal, they must have processed it somewhere before?! Why do we need to deal with it now?
4/2/2015TracieLittleDogwood InitiativeDeltaSludge dump for Asia? WTF?Seriously Grant? YOU need to be concerned about one of the most beautiful place in the world VANCOUVER and NOT to be a sludge dump for dirty ASIA!!! GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE MAN!!! Let the US deal with their own shit!
4/2/2015JoanBoxallDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverCoal dust tarring our watersFull disclosure on what's in this waste water, PLEASE...some things don't water down
4/2/2015JeaninePaquetDogwood InitiativeSaltspring IslandCoal sludgeAnything that adds more pollutants to the environment should not happen
4/2/2015ElaineWilliamsonDogwood InitiativePort Albernicoal wasteWe have enough toxins in our lives. To have more pollution in our waters and air is not acceptable.
Stop giving in to the States and to Asian countries - coal is dirty. Have you not watched the news where children in China can't go outside to play because of the air quality caused by the burning of coal?
You can say whatever you want, big corporations and politicians lie. This would be a threat to human health and the environment. It's time to start thinking about that and not the money.
I can't believe anyone would want this to go through.
4/2/2015LeaghHancenDogwood InitiativeWest KelownaNo Coal in the SewersThere is too much pollution in the rivers and ocean already. Do not allow any more!
4/2/2015DavidSweetnamDogwood InitiativeBoltonWaste water problems in the USA science based decision is needed here and with the overwhelming evidence of toxic leachate and processing chemistry, it is evident that there should be an onsite waste processing facility constructed by the proponent and costs incorporated into this project. Externalities for corporate projects should no longer be borne by the taxpayers. Future generations will be paying to clean up this mess as we are in the Great Lakes with billions of dollars getting diverted into Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects from other programs. Do not make the same mistakes. Further, airborne coal combustion by-products in emissions from product destinations including toxic mercury will be deposited into our Great Lakes further impacting the ecosystem. This is know. Why isn't it mitigated or costed into the product to offset the perception of profitability?
4/2/2015Lee-AnnePattisonDogwood InitiativeGibsonsFraser Surrey Docks PermitUnless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system their permit should be denied. Too often these projects are rushed through without thought to the cost to human and environmental health. You have the opportunity to exercise responsible decision making. Use it or be responsible for the consequences.
4/2/2015LynnMcGownDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo dumping coal into sewersPlease stop coal companies from dumping coal into our sewer systems.
We all know that coal has toxic chemicals. Coal water not a good drink for fish or anyone.
The chemicals used to alleviate coal dust (which we know fronm industrial revolution causes all kinds of health problems)
All over the world people are trying to clean up their rivers to bring back fish and support environment.
This is regressive dumping coal into our sewer system. We are not a third world country.
please stop this from happening for the health of our water and citizens.
4/2/2015ChrisAikmanDogwood InitiativeHornby IslandCoal is toxicCoal residues were the first substance identified as carcinogens, over 200 years ago. As for the materials added to suppress coal dust, we don't know what their health effects are.

If you proceed with this, it may only be a matter of time until you face the worst class action suit this country has seen.
4/2/2015BarbaraNelsonDogwood InitiativevictoriaVote NOpollution
Bad for tourism
If U.S. ports won't allow it why would we?
So many more
Find other power !!
4/2/2015DaveMundayDogwood InitiativeSurreyPLEASE PROVIDE RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP ON THISTo say it would be ludicrous or scandalous to allow the biproducts of coal dust or the additives used to be added to our sewer and waste system is a gross understatement.

EVEN IF tests were conducted that suggested the safety assurances were all in check, there still needs to be a public body of scrutiny applied.. where a panel of public individuals --without ANY connections to the GVRD or to the coal project or to the Habour itself-- would be comprised of appropriately educated minds that could study the results and provide criticism and advice of a most prudent and science-oriented perspective.

ONLY with such a public panel would I be a citizen who would be okay with the concept being introduced.. and NOT UNTIL that public scrutiny body was in place and all recommendations put forth were achieved.
4/2/2015DaveMundayDogwood InitiativeSurreyPLEASE PROVIDE RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP ON THISTo say it would be ludicrous or scandalous to allow the bi-products of coal dust or the additives used to be added to our sewer and waste system is a gross understatement.

EVEN IF tests were conducted that suggested the safety assurances were all in check, there still needs to be a public body of scrutiny applied.. where a panel of public individuals --without ANY connections to the GVRD or to the coal project or to the Harbour itself-- would be comprised of appropriately educated minds that could study the results and provide criticism and advice of a most prudent and science-oriented perspective.

ONLY with such a public panel would I be a citizen who would be okay with the concept being introduced.. and NOT UNTIL that public scrutiny body was in place and all recommendations put forth were achieved.
4/2/2015FranSmithDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Permit!!We don't want the coal companies to dump dirty waste water In our sewers.
4/2/2015DonaldFyfe-WilsonDogwood InitiativeLadysmithCoal Wastetoxic
4/2/2015TracieLittleDogwood InitiativeDeltaSludge dump for Asia? WTF?Seriously Grant? YOU need to be concerned about one of the most beautiful place in the world VANCOUVER and NOT to be a sludge dump for dirty ASIA!!! GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE MAN!!! Let the US deal with their own shit!
4/2/2015DianaCaldwellDogwood InitiativeCourtenayLeave the coal in the ground!It's time to stop extractionist policies and behaviour. Leave the coal in the ground, and get on board with alternate clean energy! Our politicians need to follow Germany's lead.
4/2/2015PatriciaKeaysDogwood InitiativePowell Riverliquid waste permit Fraser Surrey DocksAll of Georgia Strait is affected by what is permitted to enter our ecological system from the lower mainland. I'm writing from up the coast asking Metro Vancouver to please base its decision about the permit on scientific evidence of what is in the wastewater from the coal plant, particularly ensuring that nothing is detrimental or a burden to the public sewer system, to which all our taxes contribute.
4/2/2015ChristianeSchmidtDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksI don't think that Vancouver should grant a permit to allow Fraser Surrey Docks to discard their liquid waste in the public sewer system. It's the cheapest and easiest way for Fraser Surrey Docks to get rid of potential harmful waste. Why should it became tax payers issue to deal with their waste? Fraser Surrey Docks made a business decision and it seems like they haven't thought it through to the end. I Don't see why the City should accomodate them, we didn't like their proposal to begin with. It's the Docks problem, they have to find a solution, keep their waste out of the public sewers.
4/2/2015PatHowardDogwood InitiativeBurnabyNo waste water permitThe Fraser River is a commons the whole community should strive to protect by responsible environmental protection and management. It is absurd to approve a permit that would allow the dumping of toxic wastewater into our municipal sewer system. The heavy metals, chemical surfactants, and other contaminants should be viewed as dangerous unless and until proven otherwise. Uphold the precautionary principle and do not forget your fiduciary duty to protect the health and safety of fellow citizens, fish, and other living things dependent on the waters of our beautiful lower mainland home.
4/2/2015Matthew JedidiahDuyfDogwood InitiativeMansons LandingDeny Fraser Surrey Docks Liquid Waste PermitAs a BC resident I oppose the granting of a permit to Fraser Surrey docks to dump liquid waste into the Fraser River and thereby the Salish sea.
4/2/2015MaureenAdkinDogwood InitiativeNanaimoLiquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey docks.Why would we be okay with allowing a U.S. coal company to dump their toxic wastewater from the coal port into our public sewer system. Common sense tells you this is a BAD IDEA. I do not want those toxic heavy metals putting the fish, environment, and our health at risk. Further, the chemical surfactants they spray on the coal piles are not disclosed to us so how do you know they can be cleaned out of the wastewater if you don't know what those surfactants are?
4/2/2015DennisRobertsonDogwood InitiativeWestholmeNo coal!Old technology doesn't belong in today's society- we all live under the same tree...let the yanks ship it themselves out of their own ports!
4/2/2015IraHeidemannDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny a Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray,

Hereby, I write you to urge you to deny a liquid waste permit for the Fraser Surrey docks. This project is a bad idea because of the following:

U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ira Heidemann
4/2/2015LizNewtonDogwood InitiativeMill Baymake sure you don't pollute our watersA proposal such as that presented by Fraser Surrey Docks has to be examined with due care to make sure a single corporeal entity (FSD) does not endanger the safety and health of the multitude of other corporeal entities, human and animal, sharing the same waterways and land.

The world has changed and with some many of us sharing the same environmental resources, money making proposals should not get more consideration than the will of the citizens.
4/2/2015PattiWillisDogwood InitiativeDenman IslandLiquid Waste PermitIt is 2015. What are we thinking? Discharge of waste into marine receiving waters is Dark Ages. No additional stressors into the marine environment that is already fragile and in jeopardy.
4/2/2015SylvainDes RosiersDogwood InitiativeSaint-Jean-Port-Jolistop itPlease
4/2/2015BobAntoniukDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey dock dumping chemicals.Why is consideration even being given to Fraser Surrey dock's proposal that they be allowed to dump unknown chemicals into our waste water system? This should be illegal? It's illegal for me to dump chemicals into my toilet for disposal, so why are American coal companies getting a free ride? Please do not allow this pollution of Canadian waters with substances that you don't even know the chemistry of.
4/2/2015DavidBoonDogwood InitiativeMaple Ridgeliquid waste permitPlease deny a liquid waste permit for fraser Surrey Docks.
4/2/2015BarbCoddingtonDogwood InitiativeGlenwood SpringsCoal waste docksWe can not sacrifice our water to the fossil fuel industry so they can continue to make profits with their toxic, planet killing product, and its byproducts. The industry is a dying one and their last gasp is to make profits, continuing to not clean up after themselves and thereby externalizing these costs, dumping into the environment their toxic poison. How dumb are we??
4/2/2015ArtPearsonDogwood InitiativeMaple RidgeWaste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksIt's essential for environmental protection, to den a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey docks.
4/2/2015LarryHannantDogwood InitiativeVictoriaPlease say no to liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray,

From what I can see of the proposal to permit Fraser Surrey Docks to bring in significant amounts of US coal, I think the environmental impact is overwhelmingly negative. Please do not grant this permit.
4/2/2015davidbirnieDogwood InitiativeBurnabyUS or any coal wasteFind a more responsible way to dispose of this waste
4/2/2015DebbieOttDogwood InitiativeGlenelladirty water from coal shippingKilling any fauna that have managed to survive in the shipping corridor.
Damaging/ maybe killing the people who live close to the area by polluting their water.
Killing the plant life in the area by polluting their water supply.
Making the shoreline and related areas a wasteland - so good for the tourist trade.

What are you guys thinking?!!
4/2/2015OLamDogwood InitiativeTorontoSewage permitHello. Other than greed I cannot think of another reason to bend over so thy American coal firms can poison our asses.
Wake the fuck up! It's 2015. Stop lying and treating adult Canadians like stupid children.
Karma sucks, enjoy.
4/2/2015NicoleWeberDogwood InitiativePasadenaDeny Liquid Waste PermitWastewater plants will not guarantee that the pollution will be filtered completely so please so not grant this permit. It poses a threat to human health and safety and our environment.
4/2/2015melmaciverDogwood InitiativeVancouverno waste dumping fraser surrey dockswe need to see what is in the greywater first- no poisons in our water system
4/2/2015ShannonSaundersDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Liquid Waste PermitPlease no more coal, no toxic waste in our waterways.
4/2/2015RandyLindoDogwood InitiativeVancouverPermitbefore Fraser Surrey Docks is permitted to dump coal sludge, the actual substances in it need to be identified and made public
4/2/2015AndrewMurphyDogwood InitiativeHalifaxYou can't really……think it's a good idea to allow something like this, can you?
4/2/2015NolanGingrichDogwood InitiativeNelsonToxic sludgePlease expect accountability before it's too late. That includes the big boys with the power and influence. Their coal waste and poisonous garbage must not be left to the public to clean up let alone from which to suffer poisoning!
No permit ought to be granted until a failsafe way of taking care of dirty wastewater is guaranteed - always!
4/2/2015JanetCoatesDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Liquid waste permit Fraser Surrey DocksNo more asking public facilities to bear the cost of industrial pollution waste.
4/2/2015DavidPolsterDogwood InitiativeDuncanKeep coal waste water out of the sewersSewers are designed to deal with human wastes, not industrial wastes. It is bad enough that various pharmaceuticals and other pollutants get into the sewage, but to have the drainage water from the proposed coal port go into the sewage is a problem. Make the industrial polluter look after their own wastes, don't make the public pay for dealing with the wastes from the proposed coal port.
4/2/2015JackSimmondsDogwood InitiativePittsburghHeavy metal waste–waterA little common sense is in order here. Vancouver needs to re–think allowing a coal shipping company to dump untreated waste water into the public sewerage system. Ultimately, that water is coming back out of your taps. Do you want to drink it?
4/2/2015MichaelKellyDogwood InitiativeGaribaldi HighlandsPublic sewer systemToxins should not be going in to our sewer system. We should demand responsibility from companies. They should account for and pay for the safe disposal of their toxic waste.
4/2/2015MargritBayerDogwood InitiativeKelownaCoal waste in waterIt is unacceptable to dump toxic coal waste in the sewer. Please find other solutions!!
4/2/2015SigridSingletonDogwood InitiativeLangleyLiquid Waste PermitCoal shouldn't be shipped from the US to our ports to begin with due to the toxic heavy metals in it. US cities don't want it - why do we?

To then flush the waste water into our waters is criminal!! Please deny the permit!!!
4/2/2015LennieVibertDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterEnvironmental TravestyOur rivers should never be used as a dumping ground, on, in or near! We're taking coal that no one else wants.
Short term gain, long term pain for our children.
4/2/2015FaerlynBushDogwood InitiativeVancouverno liquid waste for surrey docksWe don't need anymore pollution in our water systems.
4/2/2015ErinGrayDogwood InitiativeVictoriaToo many questionsPlease reject Fraser Surrey Docks' application for a permit to ship coal.

Unless FSD can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/2/2015PatMcCarthyDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser River Coal DocksHello
I would think that under the user pay principle that the Coal Docks would be required to upgrade their waste water to a municipal standard rather than being able to externalize those costs to either the residential taxpayers or the environment.

You have the power to make it happen.
4/2/2015EndrenéShepherdDogwood InitiativePentictonDeny the liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals which would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

There are just too many questions! Can Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system? Can they prove the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River?If not, it it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/2/2015DavidBoehmDogwood Initiativegabriola islandwastewater protocolI object to large industrial concerns sending their waste effluent to municipal wastewater treatment facilities.Their waste water must be collected and treated on site to standards set by the Province.
4/2/2015KathleenTanseyDogwood InitiativeMontrealSTOP THE POLLUTIONDeny permission to the U.S. coal companies to pollute the public sewer system.
4/2/2015PeterKosofDogwood InitiativeSecheltDeny The Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksHorrible application giving carte blanche to dumping of toxic wastes into the sewer system and Lower Mainland and B.C. Coast via waterways plus polluting the aquafers. Deny the permit.
4/2/2015JamesThompsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid waste permit for FSDDear sir,

Please do not consent to this project. I have absolutely no faith in the claims made by Jeff Scott regarding the safety of chemicals that have not been made available for testing. Aside from all the issues surrounding the use of thermal coal in the context of climate change, this very local issue of water treatment cannot be addressed in the absence of information. If the groups behind this plan are preventing access to the data needed for an informed decision, then they should not be given a green light to potentially put us in harms way.

Thank you for your time.
4/2/2015stefaniecepedaDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid waste permitI am very concerned about a waste permit for Fraser surrey docks. What chemicals will be entering the Fraser river? Why are they not required to clean up their own waste rather than dumping it in our sewer?
4/2/2015IamBennettDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid waste permitThis is not a good idea. Coal is not an industry that should be helped. It is dirty and outdated. I've worked in coal plants and after one shift my guys had scratchy throats and were coughing well after the shift. Coal needs to be phased out.
4/2/2015MontyChong-WaldenDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo Thanks!We need to protect our valuable environment so we can survive. How many other reasons do you need? It's not really complicated.
4/2/2015JocelynnRodriguesDogwood InitiativeVancouverLet's listen to mother nature first.We need to simply put a stop to these destructive practices. We only have one home, this one we've been gifted, let's treat it with respect. Everything is interconnected, if you think that putting toxic sludge into our water and it won't affect what goes into your body, then you are not fully understanding the significance of everything on earth being DEEPLY interconnected. Please take a step back, and really feel the impact of this, and feel what is going on here. Do what feels right in your heart.
4/2/2015ChrisFrancisDogwood InitiativeVictoriacoal wasteIt's about time we stood up for ourselves as Canadians. The Americans should deal with their own coal shipments and wastewater. This is shameful!! When will the people in power stop selling us out to other countries?!
4/2/2015DenisBelangerDogwood Initiativest-fabienstop to accessI said * Non * for acces à this thing
4/2/2015ThomBurlingtonDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo Dumping of Coal SludgePlease - you can't be serious. This is near one of the great remaining fish and wildlife areas on the planet. Mercury for tea anyone.

Why on earth should we subsidize the shipment of coal to China and Japan on behalf of another very large corporation? No reason.

In a day I could research a dozen reasons why this and other similar permits should be denied in perpetuity. In a month a clear draft cost - benefit analysis allowing for externalities would be feasible.
4/2/2015JoanneOBrienDogwood InitiativeThunder BayNo waste permits.Water is too precious. Please don't destroy this resource by letting industry dump their waste products. When we have no water to drink, it won't matter if there are jobs or coal!
4/2/2015DenisKnoppDogwood InitiativeSardisdeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
4/2/2015willeastonDogwood InitiativeVancouverdumping toxic wastewatercome on
4/2/2015HarrisTaylorDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste PermitOur waters are precious. Do not make them poisonous
4/2/2015JamieDe LuceDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey docksReconsider these plans. Not good for people or the environment.
4/2/2015shercooneyDogwood InitiativeKelownacoal out of sewerPls shut down the proposal. This poses a treat our to the environment and has huge impact on humans also. Stop using the ocean as a toxic dump. It's your future too.
4/2/2015CarolDowieDogwood InitiativeSecheltDon't dump coal waste into the sewer system !It is a pollutant and should not have it's chemicals passing through the water supply that will ultimately run into the ocean and kill wild life.
4/2/2015DonnaThompsonDogwood InitiativeUxbridgeSafe Disposal Of WasteEnvironmental impact studies could not possibly support this archaic process of disposal. As clean water sources grow scarce in 2015 ,policy makers strive to evolve beyond bureaucratic demeanor with a new vision for clean water preservation. Surely there are more cost effective and cleaner ways of relieving us of our generated toxins. Ultimately the whole system could use a rewrite as this is just a symptom of a larger problem.
4/2/2015AileenAdamDogwood InitiativeGabriola IslandCoal wasteWater is vital to human life and it is under attack from many causes. Please do not add to the dangers to water by allowing coal waste to go into our public sewer system.
4/2/2015JamieBryantDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease deny liquid waste permitI believe in considering our seventh generation in all environmental decisions. How will these toxins and chemicals affect our seventh generation? You don't know. I don't know either, but I choose no on additional toxins and chemicals being dumped into our oceans, or subjected to our human population.

Please deny the liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
4/2/2015DorotheaMoererDogwood InitiativeEdmontonDirty WastwaterThe permit should be denied. We don't need anymore contamination.
4/2/2015GarthOwenDogwood InitiativesurreyPROFIT BEFORE PEOPLEBAD IDEA
4/2/2015LarryCarneyDogwood InitiativeCliffordtoxic wasteWe have too much pollution now, and accidents with these things are constantly happening.
4/2/2015CathrynMorganDogwood InitiativeLake CountryCoal wasteCan we for once put the environment before corporate profit and greed? Lets do the right thing for BC citizens.
4/2/2015RoozbehMehrabadiDogwood InitiativeVancouverReasons to deny Fraser Surrey Docs Coal processing permitDear Metro Vancouver's Sewage Control Manager,

please consider the consequences of coal water waist allowed to enter our sewage and storm ways by Fraser Surrey Docks, should they obtain your permission to process coal at their port.

The chemical surfactants sprayed on the coal and the heavy metal contained in the coal dust will go through our storm and sewage system and will end up in Fraser river. There is no filtration system that can guarantee such Pollutants.
4/2/2015RyanNicolDogwood InitiativeVancouverPermit to Fraser Surrey DocksTo Whom it Concerns,

I would like to stress my concern regarding the ability to dump potential hazardest waste when the contains of the waste are unclear. Please do not issue a permit to the Fraser Surrey Sock to dump this waste.
4/2/2015JohnNyboerDogwood InitiativeLangleyWaste Permit, FSDPlease, do not make this any worse than it is. If helping to move coal from the earth into the atmosphere isn't bad enough, surely this action is!

No coal sourced waste, especially heavy metals, into our water ways. No more allowances / costs that we, as the public, must bear so that this environmental travesty can be allowed to happen!
4/2/2015ElijahBakDogwood InitiativeVancouverToxic wasteA 'proprietary additive' whose contents are unknown to all save the company using them is yet another thing we do not need to add to the water supply. Then there are the other toxic aspects of coal waste none of which should be added to our water systems. Fossil fuels in all their toxic forms are being phased out. Let's be on the right side of history on this one.
4/2/2015SandyLongridgeDogwood InitiativeWhite RockAmerican style filthAmerican wannabe Con/Libs are turning BC into a sump, vote em out!!
4/2/2015LyleLongridgeDogwood InitiativeWhite RockEco terroristsAmerican wannabe Con/Libs are turning BC into a sump, vote em out!!
4/2/2015BarbaraHansenDogwood InitiativeVictoriaCoal WasteThere may have been a time when what entered an urban sewer system was viewed as a local/regional problem. Not so when it comes to our Earth's water. Please take time - on behalf of present and future generations, on all of Creation including creatures who cannot speak and to listen to your own heart - to consider the implications of granting approval to Fraser Surrey Docks to release dirty coal waste water into Vancouver's Sewage system.
4/2/2015ShirleyGillettDogwood InitiativeTorontoLiquid Waste PermitDumping toxic (and some unknown) chemicals into the sewage system sounds dangerous. This should not be allowed.
4/2/2015LeeGildemeesterDogwood InitiativeRichmondUnknown substances in public utilitiesIf the Fraser surrey docks wish to dump in our public property they ought to fully disclose what is being dumped, then they ought to be taxed the full coast of cleaning up their mess. Our rivers are not private companies disposal systems any longer. They must be held accountable.
4/2/2015WandaMundyDogwood InitiativeBurnabyCoal SludgeWe live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We want to keep it that way. NO one has the 'right' - even if "legally" granted - to dump toxic waste (that they, themselves wouldn't drink or feed to their families) into a sensitive Marine environment.
4/2/2015LauraHeslinDogwood InitiativeVictoriaDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.Completely against.
This is in no way a solution. It poses greater risks to the natural environment. Potential clean up would be beyond any gain.
Clear and simple NO.
4/2/2015JohnBowersDogwood InitiativePender IslandpollutionWe need to move beyond the unsustainable coal industry. In your narrow focus, please ensure that existing environmental regulations are follows to the letter and spirit of the law.
4/2/2015AmyRudkoskiDogwood InitiativeCalgaryKeep U.S. coal out of our sewer. Its's crap!1. The product contains a “proprietary additive”. That means no one actually knows what the chemical is. We do know that the product can cause irritation of the skin, eyes and respiratory system. Is that really safe? No.
2. If this permit is approved, trace metals and unknown chemicals would flow into wastewater and storm water at Fraser Surrey Docks and be flushed into the sewer system. That is just plain irresponsible on the part of the company who wants to just flush away coal waste.
3. Additionally, there is no guarantee that the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all these pollutants before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.
4. These toxins could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

I could keep going, but I don't think it is necessary. Please consider the environment and the health people living in the area.
4/2/2015LouieKoutisDogwood InitiativeCalgaryCoalThis isn't right, nor is it environmentally sound.. Money should not trump sanity.

Thank you.
4/2/2015SharonbrideauDogwood InitiativeTracadie-sheilaIt’s crap.U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.
4/2/2015PatBucklandDogwood InitiativeOliverLiquid Waste Permit for FraserS DocksMetro is putting virtually untreatable waste into a public sewer system that hasn't the capacity to deal with this toxic material.

Water is one of our most precious resources and we're killing it!
4/2/2015CarolFalkDogwood InitiativeRocky Mountain HouseToo much pollution!We don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals are in the waster water or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information! Coal waste water could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
4/2/2015DanielHenshawDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste permit - Fraser Surrey DocksThe City of Vancouver needs to take the time required to determine if the wastewater treatment system will be able to filter out all the chemicals and pollutants that the proposed coal port will dump into the system. Too often these projects are pushed through in the name of profit, only to discover later that they are unsafe. This permit should be delayed until we have proof that there will be no long term environmental damage.
4/2/2015MichaelKirkbyDogwood InitiativeTorontoSewer waste with coal; are you nuts?Coal is one of the most toxic substances there is when it comes to residue and contaminated dust. Then there's the agents they spray on the dust to contain it.
Combining that with agents and substances in the sewer runoff itself is just asking for trouble. Have you tested it at all in a controlled setting to see what the effects are? It's called due diligence.
4/2/2015RichardLoomerDogwood InitiativeVancouverwaste fropm Surrey dockswhy should we (Canadian citizens) have to deal with the US' dirty coal sludge? Let them deal with it. in fact why are we sending their coall from our ports at all?
4/2/2015BrianMitchellDogwood InitiativeGalianoLiquid Waste permit for Fraser/Surrey docks:Please do not issue any permit that would allow coal port waste water to be released into local waters.

I live alongside many others on the eastern shore of Galiano Island which every season is right up against the Fraser outflow.

My young grandchildren, family, and many others swim here. Sometimes we eat the fish or other seafood caught nearby.

We have no idea just what chemicals, and metals, would further pollute our shoreline and beyond.

Please, no permit.
4/2/2015JolanBaileyDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo. Just no.I am strongly opposed to allowing Fraser Surrey Docks to have a Liquid Waste Permit.

Please do the right thing and reject the permit.
4/2/2015TrudyDuivenvoorden MiticDogwood InitiativeVictoriaKeep U.S. Coal out of the public sewerThere are no reasons why this would be a good idea. It is potentially harmful to both community heath and the wastewater infrastructure that has been paid for with public dollars to benefit the community, not the bottom line of enterprise that, ironically, would use this infrastructure to inadvertently harm the people who collectively own it.
4/2/2015ChristineJohnstonDogwood InitiativeVictoriaFraser Surrey DocksOur health and environment is very important to us and to our grandchildren.

If this permit is approved, trace metals and unknown chemicals would flow into wastewater and storm water at Fraser Surrey Docks and be flushed into our sewer system.

Even scarier, there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all these pollutants before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.

These toxins could threaten public health, fish and the environment. Please protect us from bad projects which endanger us all.
4/2/2015EvaLymanDogwood InitiativeWest VancouverWhere will it end up?Metro must ask these hard questions! Where will the sewage end up? Ground water? Fresh water systems? Salt water fish habitat?

The days of "out of sight out of mind" are over!!!

The health effects, the habitat loss -- too much at stake these days. There are too many people here! Practices have to keep up with the times.
4/2/2015AnneMonahanDogwood InitiativeVancouverToxic waste in our sewer systemsPlease take note of our concern about the waste going into the sewer system. Perhaps it doesn't apply to some of you as you maybe older and note care about the consequences of this action but try to think of the families and generations to follow you and us.
4/2/2015LeeAnnJohnsonDogwood InitiativeGibsonscoal crud in sewerPlease do not approve the permit to allow liquid waste from Surrey Fraser coal port waste into the sewer system. The system seems to already be overloaded and is not designed to handle that type of waste. The company must pay for treating it's own waste in it's own facility designed to protect our salt water. We must stop future threats to our fish resources and the entire eco-system of Georgia Strait. My interests as a resident just to the west of your sewer outflow should be considered. There are no jurisdictional boundaries relevant on contaminants in Georgia Strait. Please consider your role as responsible steward of our shared environment and reject his application.
4/2/2015RyanMoaseDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo to coalIntroducing heavy metals and other potentially dangerous materials into our sewer system is clearly a danger. Any attempt to tell the public otherwise would be an outright lie. I feel that our city has enough pollutants to deal with already. Our rapid expansion and lack of foresight are leading Vancouver to become like any other polluted city in North America.

I once had a great sense of pride for my city, but the poor governmental choices in relation to our environment have abolished such feelings. I am now left with a constant feeling frusteration and disgust.

Trees don't grow on money.
4/2/2015KarenWhalenDogwood InitiativeVankleek HillDENY LIQUID WASTE PERMITThe project is all about money instead of common sense.
Please, don't give permission to spew dirty wastewater from the proposed coal port into the public sewer system!
Human health will be on your head!
4/2/2015lesleythomsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverToxic coal substances in our sewer water?This seems like a plan that has quite a few holes in it when it comes to being environmentally sound. Is our sewer system geared to dealing with toxic heavy metals and if so, do we even know which toxic substances these US coal companies are planning to dump?

Lots of concerns here....let's go back to the drawing boards, folks.
4/2/2015SamMaurerDogwood InitiativeRichmondLiquit Wast PermitWhen do we stop polluting our waters?
It destroys the micro organisms of the food chain and diminishes the source of food our fish are living of.
I think your proposed permit is a terrible idea.
4/2/2015JanetWilliamsonDogwood InitiativeNelsonSewer WasteThis is such a terrible idea. In this day and age, BC should know better.
4/2/2015GlennPineauDogwood InitiativeSuureyUS Coal in our sewer?Really? You have to ask if this is a good idea? Wow...
4/2/2015KenHamerDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverToxic Coal WasteI am vehemently against being subject to known and unknown elements of additional coal waste being introduced into the wastewater systems of British Columbia. We should not be the dumping grounds for the convenience of foreign commerce.
4/2/2015DiannaJohnsenDogwood InitiativeSurreyDENY THE WASTE PERMITDon't allow our water systems to be contaminated. Wastewater eventually gets into our streams and can seep into ground water.
4/2/2015RodMcConnellDogwood InitiativeEdmontonDeny the Liquid Waste Permit!No substances should ever be dumped into a public sewer for removal without the express permission of the city. This should also apply to the Fraser Surrey Docks.

If it does not apply, please tell me why?
4/2/2015VikkiLokerDogwood InitiativeWaterlooLiquid waste permitPlease find a more environmentally way to deal with this issue, so that we can respect the rights of future generations.
4/2/2015AnaRileyDogwood InitiativeTorontocrapNo way!
4/2/2015RosemaryLeslieDogwood InitiativeSorrentoKeep US coal out if our sewerWhy are they polluting our systems? We have enough of our own crap to deal with ... pun intended.
4/2/2015G.ThompsonDogwood InitiativeDeltachemical components of coal dust suppressantPlease publicize, in major newspapers, the chemical components of the coal dust suppressant(s) which may be used on coal passing through the Lower Mainland including at Fraser Surrey Docks.
This will allow independent university-based biochemists to determine the safety of those chemicals.
Thank you very much.
4/2/2015WilliamSchussDogwood InitiativeSurrey, B.C,Discusting coalU.S.A. wont ship the crap from there ports. we should also stop. The long travel route this coal must take is offensive to me especially having to also travel out the Fraser River. then over to one of the pristine Gulf Islands. We are also aware attempts to remove the well engineered Deas tunnel's depth prevents large ships from going directly tl Fraser Docks . The B.C.tax payers will have to replace a excellent crossing. SO ASIA AND $$$$$ seeking billionairs can foul our air and water. I-DON'T THINK
SO
4/2/2015TomChildsDogwood InitiativeRichmondwhere is the precautionary principle when we need it?This project is just another assault to Mother Earth. From now on abide by the sensible principle to #KeepItInTheGround!
4/2/2015ALEXBOUNGERDogwood InitiativeNEW WESTMINSTERdo not harmit is not transparent
4/2/2015LesleeMadoreDogwood InitiativeKamloopsNot safe, no permitI am it in favour of this permit being granted as I believe it wil being serious harm to the environment and a community and Eco system that I have over for more than 30 years. Clearly it makes no sense to dump sludge into the ocean when that sludge contains unknown substances and substances which may be harmful.
4/2/2015AnissaMichaudDogwood InitiativeMontrealDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksHi,

I am asking you not to give a liquid waste permit to Fraser Surrey Docks.

Please consider the big consequences giving such a permit could have. In fact:

-U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. If there is no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River, I don't want them to mix that in our wastewater system! It would threaten public health, fish and the environment.

-The use of spayed chemicals surfactant all along the export route to reduce dust is dangerous to our health and to wildlife! Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we DON'T ACTUALLY KNOW what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

- A lot of information is hidden from us. It makes me think there something ''fishy''.

If you, in Vancouver, stand for us. It will help us in other parts of Canada to do so too.

Thank you for your consideration.
4/2/2015HeatherHestlerDogwood InitiativeVictoriaNo permit for liquid wasteLet US coal companies ship their own dirty toxic product from their own ports...not from Canada.
Are we so desperate for money that we are willing to sell our health and environment to anyone, for any reason?
I am ABSOLUTELY against this because it is not good for Canadians.
4/2/2015VanessaKingDogwood InitiativeLangleyPlease Don't Dump US Waste Into Our Systems, Sewer or OtherwiseI lived in the US for 21 years, and one thing Americans know how to do is pollute. I loved everything about living in LA… except the toxic bay—they were dumping sewage into Santa Monica Bay and the coast was so toxic you couldn't swim in the water. What a waste!

Maybe if they weren't using us for their excess waste and run-off, they'd find a cleaner way of living… Whatever the case, as has been proven many times before, Americans don't really care what happens to us as a result of their corner-cutting. My cousin died of HIV from toxic blood the US got from prisoners and then sent to us to use for transfusions. If they're sending carcinogenic waste for us to dump in our environment, they won't really care, one way or the other, if it ends up killing us.

Besides, the last thing we need is more waste, American or otherwise… Please don't approve the dumping license for this project!!

With Great Concern,
Vanessa King
4/2/2015kimwalshDogwood InitiativeLasalleTo Metro VancouverPlease Don't Share Our Sewer With Coal Waste
4/2/2015RichardMorganDogwood InitiativeKamloopsNo liquid wasteIt is bad enough that we subsidize these corporations with low or no tax rates, but now they are going to use our infrastructure( roads, highways,sewer, etc.) that we as citizens pay for through taxes, to further pollute our ecosystem! This is ludacris! Where do you people draw the line? The people of this Province/ City are tired of being treated like idiots! Figure it out!!!!
4/2/2015ErikaEdwardsDogwood InitiativeWhite RockSay No to the PermitPlease consider the health of the environment and the citizens that would be affected before granting a permit for dirty coal with toxins and chemical additives to be dumped into our sewage and wastewater. As a White Rock resident who lives in a community along the train tracks where coal is exported from the US into Canada, I am very aware of the toxic chemical surfactants that are sprayed ad emitted and polluted into our environment affecting both our air quality and people's health. Please consider people and the environment over profit and make the right decision to say no to the permit.
4/2/2015JohnEnglandDogwood InitiativeSherwood ParkEnvironmental responsibilityHaving spent the last four decades in Alberta, I have become all-too-familiar with careless and inexcusable environmental LAXITY that rubber-stamps the deleterious effects of narrow-minded industry (profit first, nature last). Please don't perpetuate this same indifference to avoidable, toxic pollution and actually import it (as coal) from the neighbouring US. How can it possibly be rationalized to do this at the obvious expense and impact on populated Vancouver? It would be nothing less than irresponsible to grant Fraser Surrey Docks a permit to release its waste water into the public sewer system when it obviously contains toxic substances. More insidiously, this obnoxious coal is actually being imported from a foreign (US) source and to add insult to injury, they won't disclose the specific content of the very likely carcinogenic surfactants used to coat it for transport. And the coal itself has identified toxic heavy metals! For the same reason, many Americans have boycotted the transport of toxic Alberta bitumen southward into their territory. Without knowing this essential information (detailed composition of surfactants), there can be no proper assessment of potentially serious threats to public health & safety. Nor can there be any assurance that these toxic substances can be adequately removed from the wastewater, negating any right to do so. Refusing this sewage permit seems overwhelmingly the responsible choice, unless of course public safety is simply dismissable in favour of making a profit. It is essential to put the safety of BC residents and their environment far ahead of the narrow and harmful aspirations ($) of Fraser Surrey Docks. Do the right thing, this is the 21st century, not the 19th!
4/2/2015MagFlorDogwood InitiativeVancouverI don't want toxic wasteWe already deal with enough contamination and toxins from natural and previous sources. Why would you want to increase that?
4/2/2015KristenBishopDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste permit should be denied for FSDOn behalf of myself and my family, I ask that metro Vancouver review the terms of the project allowing liquid waste into the Fraser river. First of all, the contents will be harmful and I am not comfortable with large companies having the freedom to dump whatever they want. Secondly, my family is part of a large group of families that fish on the Fraser river. If something is toxic to the fish, that affects the whole ecosystem.

Lastly I believe it it important for big businesses to learn how to control their waste and MANAGE it in a responsible way. Looking to other countries for advice might help. Our country is far too lenient in protecting our natural spaces and waterways. Let's not allow that to ruin the health and well being of our citizens, our wildlife, and our future families.
4/2/2015KrisMcPheeDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease Deny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.Please Deny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks. Thanks! Sorry!
4/2/2015ChrisPapyanatosDogwood InitiativeVancouverToxic Fuel WasteI don't think poisoning our waters by pouring garbage into it is a good idea for anyone.

WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!
4/2/2015SusannaBraundDogwood InitiativeBowen IslandNo to coal wasteI do not think we should be treating other country's waste products especially if we do not know what exactly the toxins are.
4/2/2015TerryRobinsonDogwood InitiativeCourtenayCoal sludge in the sewer system.- this is the socialization of costs for private profits

- burning coal adds to already over-the-top GHG emissions and destroys our environment and thus our future

- the whole assessment process for this project is hugely questionable given the invo
4/2/2015AlanBratusDogwood InitiativeWhite RockWhy the blinders....This is not your every day file sitting on a government bureaucrat's desk awaiting a decision. This is also a decision that will define you and your degree of responsibility for a part of the life system on this planet. Permitting wastewater from Fraser Surrey Docks poses a threat to human health and safety, and the environment.You know it and you do not have to support it.
4/2/2015LaurieArmerDogwood InitiativeAbbotsfordKeep U.S. coal out of our sewer. It’s crapEnough! Enough of our government "staff" preferring the interests of big business to those of us, their employers! NO MORE toxic, animal/environment/human-killing industries!!
4/2/2015RobertMartinDogwood InitiativeOliverDeny the permit.Hello,

Our lives, our health, and our planet are worth more than the few bucks to be made by big corporate entities.
Deny the liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
4/2/2015DavidSkulskiDogwood InitiativeNew Westminstersewage permitThis is self-evidently a bad idea.
4/2/2015AlVartyDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal docksSending the dirtiest coal to the most polluted country in the world is just foolish. I don't need the cheapest products. I need the cleanest air. Please don't allow this coal port to go through. Thank you.
4/2/2015MargotDeveaultDogwood InitiativeGrindrod (formerly Richmond), BCPlease Keep U.S. coal out of BC SewersPlease deny this permit!
Trace metals and unknown chemicals need to be prevented from flowing into wastewater and storm water at Fraser Surrey Docks and prevented from being flushed into our sewer system.
Since there’s a possibility that the wastewater treatment plant cannot filter out all these pollutants before discharging the water back into the Fraser River, such pollutants cannot be allowed to be dumped in BC in the first place!
Such toxins threaten public health, fish and the environment, all of which are extremely important to the province of Beautiful BC!
4/2/2015SusanSmeeDogwood InitiativeOttawaPRotect our water sourcePlease do not set the precedence of allowing industrial waste water to be dumped into municipal water treatment systems for taxpayers to fund. Industry must pay for its own waste clean-up
4/2/2015TeresaBrandvoldDogwood InitiativeLions BayLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThis is a very bad idea, as we do not know what will be in the Liquid Waste that the permit would allow. Without proper testing to protect the public and the water/riparian systems/aquatic life, this would clearly be irresponsible.Corporations must be effectively managed to manage the risk of their activities to others and the long term risks of tax payers having to foot the bill for their clean up. Please do not do this! Respectfully submitted,
4/2/2015GloriaHansenDogwood InitiativeVictoriaFraser Surrey Dock dumpsPlease be sure that this waste is safe for the Vancouver harbour for generations to come. My McGillvray - stand up and be counted.
4/2/2015OrestiDoucasDogwood InitiativeFort McMurrayFraser Surrey Docks Coal ShippingEnabling the Transport of coal through our dock places too large a risk of environmental damage. The amount of money earned through taxes and jobs does not remotely cover the permanent damage to our environment.
4/2/2015SallyHawkinsDogwood InitiativeSurreyKeep U.S. coal out of our sewer. It’s toxic and kills our water and wildlifeI'm sick and tired of paid political hacks who somehow end up in office thinking people are so stupid they can simply walk all over us and do what ever they want regardless of environmental consequences.

It's long past time our well paid politicians on all levels take their head out of the public money trough and start working FOR the environment and NOT BIG business.

I'm fed up with fighting all government for a clean sustainable environment and this is but one example of the greediness that needs to be over come.
4/2/2015NateHildebrandDogwood InitiativePortlandUnknowns should not be allowedIf a company is going to use our waterways to transport materials, we should know what they are and how to deal with them - indeed, they should be liable for anything that has to do with cleaning the waterways after them. If they can't handle that, then they shouldn't be transporting the stuff anyway.
4/2/2015NicholasHeathDogwood InitiativeCoquitlamWaste waterMany industries e.g. dairies must treat effluent water to a fairly high standard of filtration such that they sometimes claim that the water going out is cleaner that the water they take in (buy) from Metro.
It would appear that a different standard is being applied to the Fraser Surrey Docks and there does not seem to be a satisfactory explanation for this.
I think that the waste permit should be permitted only if the contemns of the effluent are known and all compounds and minerals are within accepted standards.
4/2/2015Dr FarahShroffDogwood InitiativeVancouverno permit without due scientific inquiryUnless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/2/2015FionaSwiegersDogwood InitiativeCoquitlamWe don't need wastewater in our beautiful waters thank you!I think we have such a beautiful environment in BC and we never fully understand the impact of these kind of actions until it's too late. It may appear safe but how can you ensure that it's safe for all creatures that live in the environment. Please don't allow waste to be put in our environment, keep our city beautiful!
4/2/2015PhilipAdamsonDogwood InitiativeWindsorRe: Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksI've been asked to add my name to those requesting a delay in approving a liquid waste permit in connection with coal shipments from the U.S. As a B.C. native I'm happy to do so. It seems logical that the onus for proving that the waste water will contain no toxic substances should be on Fraser Surrey Docks. If it cannot provide this proof, then I ask you please to refrain from issuing the permit.

Thank you for your kind consideration.
4/2/2015LouisDomingueDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterCoal sludgeTo whom it may concern;
It is my opinion that we should be careful before we grant
Approval for the discharge of effluents in our environment,
In the past we've done a lot of questionable practices because
We just did not fully understand the long range effects on human
And natural health... We don't have that excuse anymore, we have
To take care of our environment and it starts at the regional level.
Before we grant a licence, make sure it is safe and make the business
Who profit from these projects pay for the infrastructure needed...
Thank you
4/2/2015EmmaLentzDogwood InitiativeVictoriaLiquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals, they would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment. All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information. For these reasons, and others, I am opposed to this liquid waste permit.
4/2/2015CamilliaMahalDogwood InitiativeRichmondStop!Stop being so ignorant and killing everything with the turning of your vacant eyes . Do something while you can , your job , to protect citizens , animals and the environment .
4/2/2015LeslieLewingtonDogwood InitiativeGalianoNever dump stuff you are unfamiliar withWe must understand the contents of what is being put into our ecosystem, and it`s potential effects of the organisms that are going to have to live it and around it.
4/2/2015DeborahBledsoeDogwood InitiativeChilliwackFraser Docks Liquid Waste PermitThey want to ship coal up from the states, let us deal with the sludge and other toxins all so an American company can increase their profit?? NO NO NO!!! Let them ship it out of Seattle, let them deal with their own pollution.
4/2/2015CharleneSimonDogwood InitiativeVictoriaLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThere is a potential to harm a body of water that people, fish and wildlife depend upon and that is unoermissable.

Governments have got to stop forcing the consequences os mismanaged resourcesonto the population for the financual gain of a few.

Step up and show some independent, thoughtful and responible leadership with respect to our commonly held assets upon which all living things depend. My family and I eat fish, drink water.

It's not political, but a human right to clean air, water and land. It's the only planet we have. I
4/2/2015LindaSchellDogwood InitiativeNORTH VANCOUVERreally?Why oh why would we ever even consider doing this? Surely the health and safety of the citizens of the lower mainland are more important than following through with this proposal.
4/2/2015conniegattoDogwood InitiativePentictonDeny Water Waste PermitThere is enough toxic substances and waste thrown unnecessarily already into
the water. They must find a better solution
to get rid of substances that pollute our waters and then apply for permits.
4/2/2015michaelgoodingDogwood InitiativeOshawaGenocideThis should be called attempted murder as such actions could kill thousands if the water treatment plant can't contain these chemicals, if its so safe drink a cup of it and find out for yourself before you introduce it to the people who aren't filling their pockets to sacrifice their fellow man, this is complete and udder disregard for anyone but themselves and their financial well being. I bet we will find some political scandal behind this later on as well, always trying to make a buck regardless of how many die, until the lawsuits at least then you cry victim.
4/2/2015GeoffRamlerDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease deny the liquid waste permitWithout disclosing what is in the proprietary additive, the Fraser Docks project should not be permitted to dump liquid waste into our system. This type of mess is impossible to clean up, and it would be more efficient to take a proactive approach to keeping our water systems clean and free of potential hazard to marine and human health.
4/2/2015MMyersDogwood InitiativeLacombeFraser Surrey Docks--ConcernsMr. McGillivray

This emails is in regards to Fraser Surrey Docks coal shipping proposal. Please consider whether wastewater from Fraser Surrey Docks’ proposed coal port poses a threat to human health and safety, and the environment.

I have a number of concerns about this proposal being passed. Thank you for your time in addressing them:

U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals, and they would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions. No guarantees. Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.

So far, regulators like Port Metro Vancouver and the provincial government have not listened to public concerns or given us the answers we deserve about risks to health and the environment. Metro Vancouver is finally giving local people a chance to have their say.

Please take these concerns into consideration as the process moves forward.

Sincerely,
M Myers
4/2/2015LorenzSteiningerDogwood Initiativemontrealdeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksKeep U.S. coal out of our sewer
4/2/2015nanstevensonDogwood Initiativesaint paulcoal waste waterPLEASE don't let this happen in your community...do you want you kids drinking this? Or don't you care.
4/2/2015DouglasMasseyDogwood InitiativeDeltaLiquid waste permit Fraser Surrey DocksIn the interests of British Columbian's,
deny this liquid waste permit that could destroy the very fabric of the ecosystem that supports our lives. Why must we sacrifice the lives of our own people and their environment in order to accommodate a coal corporation from the U.S.A..
4/2/2015LynneRielDogwood InitiativeThunder BayNo American Coal Sludge Wastewater Passing Through B.C.'s Fraser Surrey Docks
U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.


To reiterate:

U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust;

Too many questions left unanswered.
4/2/2015AlexanderMcKechnieDogwood InitiativeVancouverFor Our ChildrenPlease deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks, for the sake of our future, for the sake of our children.
4/2/2015BrittanyOlsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo thanks!What are the reasons that this is a GOOD idea!?
4/2/2015NicoleSchouelaDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid waste pemitrushing through legislation that is potentially dangerous to the citizens of BC. is a bad idea and one that caters to large US corporations while totally disregarding the health and well being of the people it will affect. We don't want US coal and all its chemicals being flushed into our wastewater system. Do the right thing for a change and deny this permit.
4/2/2015AlanTremianeDogwood InitiativeVancouverIt's About RespectRespect the environment and the people who live in it. Maybe then you can respect ypourselves.
4/2/2015JamesSimonDogwood InitiativeVictoriaLIquid WasteU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal waste water is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/2/2015AdamHendersonDogwood InitiativeVancouverno coal pollution in the harbourThe protection of our waterways is more important than profit from American coal passing through on it's way to Asia. Please say no to wastewater dumping.
4/2/2015CZuccatoDogwood InitiativeWaterlooDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksThis project is a bad idea. U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals that would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/2/2015KenSawatskyDogwood InitiativePender Islandcoal wasteI don't want ant toxins dumped into the fraser river. Our local ocean is becoming more acidic each year and this means shell fish won't survive. No to this dumping permit. Listen to the people for a change!!!!!
4/2/2015GayeGardinerDogwood InitiativeSalt Spring Islanduncontrolled coal substances released into water and food chain cycle Contamination of our sea food, drinking and recreational water by sinking coal sludge plus air born coal dust is not something we humans can hide by burying the evidence. It's not like wearing a hat on bad hair day. This action if carried out will come back to haunt us in seemingly unconnected ways gradually poisoning our future children. Coal is toxic and somewhat radio active,what else do we need to know to take action.
4/2/2015JemuelLaroseDogwood InitiativeKelownaDon't dump it.Dumping of any toxic residue needs to be regulated heavily to ensure the health and safety of all people. Do not give the coal industry yet another shortcut around proper environmental responsibility.
4/2/2015KathrynDingwallDogwood InitiativeWashagoSurrey Docks Wastewater -- What risk is it to our Canadian environment?The wastewater content must be understood thoroughly so that any and all risks can be understood.

Once the environment is damaged there is no returning it to its current level.

We must not leave damaged goods for our grandchildren...... lets protect what is good now.
4/2/2015CalaMecklingDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease deny the permit.I work in the sewers and think we have enough dangers to negotiate.
4/2/2015JolandaBlenzDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo more coalLet's get off coal.
4/2/2015JanetMitchellDogwood InitiativeNorth SaanichU.S. coal company wanting to flush wastewater into our waters.Dumping liquid waste into our waters is not a good for the public's health, sea life and the environment. Please deny this permit.
4/2/2015DoloresJimenezDogwood InitiativeWillowdaleYOU ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THIS PLANET'S DESTRUCTIONDO THE RIGHT THING. DO NOT ALLOW WASTE TO BE POURED INTO THE PUBLIC SEWER SYSTEM. WE HAVE BEAUTIFUL FLORA AND FAUNA ON THIS EARTH. I'M SICK OF HOW HUMANS ARE DESTROYING THE PLANET. DO YOU THINK IT'LL LAST FOREVER? DO YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT YOURSELF AND THINK BY THE TIME IT'S DEAD YOU WON'T BE AROUND? WHAT ABOUT YOUR FAMILY, CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN AND FURTHER DESCENDANTS? EACH PERSON, ENTITY, COMPANY, THAT CONTRIBUTES TO POLLUTING THIS PLANET, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS ULTIMATE DEATH AND OURS. IF YOU DO NOT STOP THIS, YOU, ALONG WITH OTHERS, ARE GUILTY OF DESTROYING EVERYTHING. YOU ARE EITHER GUILTY, WITH THEM, OR INNOCENT, WITH US. DECIDE WISELY. THIS IS THE ONLY PLANET WE HAVE. AS WE TREAT IT, IT WILL RESPOND IN KIND. DO THE RIGHT THING.
4/2/2015ShirleyTurnerDogwood InitiativeVancouverdeny liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey docksCoal waste water is NOT safe and I do not believe that all the pollution will be filtered out before it is returned to the environment. Likewise the coal surfactants sprayed en route are potentially environmental hazards. Our water and environment can not be risked in this way especially not to make a profit for US companies. Do NOT grant a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey docks.
4/2/2015MeredithMooreDogwood InitiativeSaskatoonCoal Sludge DumpingRequired: informed decision-making by elected officials to be proceeded by adequately resourced research, distilled into policy options that protect the public interest not just corporate interests. Without this, democracy doesn't stand a chance against rapacious capitalism. What is needed is enlightened self-interest by the coal exporters, recognizing that their economic well-being is tied up with the sustainability of their exporting location. So, careful independent research adequately funded, good policy reviews, adequate citizen consultation and dialogue with all parties (not domination of the left or right please), and THEN decision by the citizens' representatives.
4/2/2015DarrenDevlinDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.Please do not approve a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks. From what I have been reading they cannot accurately identify everything that will be dumped into the sewer system. How can we guaranty that the system can handle the waste or effectively filter out all harmful materials before its discharged if we cannot identify everything being dumped? Approving this permit without all the info is irresponsible. Until they can accurately identify everything that will be dumped and it is ensured that the sewer system can handle it, the permit should not be approved. Thank you for your time.
4/2/2015NonaThompsonDogwood InitiativeWhite RockKeep U.S. Coal out of our sewer system and waterways!!- this is the most ridiculous abuse of our facilities
- we should be working toward cleaning up our waterways not adding to the pollution
- our west coast is known internationally for its pristine waters and abundant wildlife. This type of irresponsible
4/2/2015Peter WBardonDogwood InitiativeVancouverWASTESadly pollution is rampant.. Surely we can set an example for Canada and the world by NOT allowing the Fraser River to be polluted any further. DO NOT allow any more 'dumping'. Please deny a liquid waste
permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
I am speaking for the salmon and for the fishing industry
4/2/2015JamesPorterDogwood InitiativeVictoriano wayWho knows what is being dumped, and what it will do?
Understand first, then decide!
4/2/2015RpyMillsDogwood InitiativeComoxUS Thermal coalIf the US ports and States will not allow this coal to be transferred across their State and shipped from their ports, those are excellent reasons why we should not be doing it for them. Their mines get the profit, China gets the coal, we get the dust and some of our stevedors get to handle this nasty stuff more closely. I believe that China and the US mines are in waht is called a win-win situation. WE appear to be in a tiny profit for a few- potential big losses for many situation. Any reasonable gambler would fold.
4/2/2015Gordon dBowbrickDogwood InitiativeSaywardWater and Air PollutionI live in South Korea where the smog is so bad some days that you can't go outside or even open a window. When we talk about pollution, "health risk" sounds too vague and distant. But the reality is that pollution is a very personal and depressing thing to view on a day to day basis. So please help stop Fraser Surrey Docks from transporting coal through our precious, precious waterways.
Thank you.
4/2/2015AlexanderKurthDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease Deny The Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.There are too many unanswered questions about how U.S. thermal coal could affect public and environmental health if the waste products are allowed to be dumped into our sewage treatment plant. Before Fraser Surrey Docks is permitted to dump coal sludge, the actual substances in it need to be identified and made public so we know exactly what we’re dealing with.

If this permit is approved, trace metals and unknown chemicals would flow into wastewater and storm water at Fraser Surrey Docks and be flushed into our sewer system. Furthermore, there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all these pollutants before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. These toxins could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

There are simply too many unanswered questions for this permit to be approved at the present time. I urge you to deny the permit until this information is forthcoming and can be properly evaluated.

Thank you.
4/2/2015allanglassDogwood InitiativePowell RiverCoal Sludge etc.toxic waste



I would like to see the ingredients in this liquid waste, and get a better understanding of why it should be disposed of in this manner.
4/2/2015ShirleyNateDogwood InitiativeHarrison Millsyes deny it pleaseSounds like the US trying to put one over on us again. We can't get back what we lost in pollution and water from them already how can you think this is fair treatment to Canadians. OUr health and our children's future is at risk period You can't put a price on that. Do the right thing now.
4/2/2015JulieWilsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny a liquid waste permit for FS DocksMore research is needed! Unknown chemicals, contaminants of emerging concern, etc. warrant further research and investigation before being allowed to discharge more chemical waste.
4/2/2015MikeLushDogwood InitiativeSmiths FallsCoal sludgeThe reasons are numerous and should be obvious
4/2/2015SharonFindleyDogwood InitiativePitt MeadowsDeny Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks to dump liquid wasteWater quality is more and more being threatened; water is essential for our lives! Why would you not protect our lives?? Show intelligence in decision making!!

WHAT A Concept that would be to see in our public figures!! JUst maybe this quality would restore my faith in public figures making decision affecting my world and the world of my grandsons!!

WAKE UP PEOPLE!!
4/2/2015MaryHawkinsDogwood InitiativeMissionPlease deny permit for wastewater dumpingthere is no guarantee that harmful chemicals will not be in the proprietory formula used to treat the toxic coal waste water. Our health and that of the salmon fishery is at stake. This is too dangerous - let's stop the dumping before it gets started and play it safe!
4/2/2015PaddyKamenDogwood InitiativeKelownaStop Fraser Surrey DocksWe don't want this toxic substance coming in to our country simply for the purpose of shipping it out again. And we certainly don't want any waste from this work dumped into our public sewer system.

Please put a stop to this plan!
4/2/2015RonaldBlakelyDogwood InitiativePitt MeadowsUS CoalNo US Coal
4/2/2015FrankMartensDogwood InitiativeSummerlandcoal sludgeIf you permit the proposal to allow AMerican thermal coal to come into Canada you will be responsible for the pollution that will be caused to our waters because of it. Don't do it!
4/2/2015JulieMichaudDogwood InitiativeBurnabyToxic coal- our groundwater system will not be safe as pollution will not be filtered out
- information about the chemical surface sprays is not disclosed; these chemicals are possibly carcinogenic
- lack of disclosure implies you have something to hide, somethi
4/2/2015HeatherWojcikDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThis project is a horrible idea.
4/2/2015HenryHightowerDogwood InitiativeSechelt, BCThe Fraser Surrey Dock enviromental reviews are inadequateSo far they have not considered the impact on the Georgia Strait.
Nor Texada Island.
Now they are asking for permission to put more waste in the public sewer system, without disclosing what is in that waste.
Tell the Americans to keep their dirty coal at home, or ship it through their own ports.
4/2/2015RobHollinsDogwood InitiativeSurreyLiquid waste for our fish?Don't just stop the liquid waste, stop the export of US coal (and Canadian Coal) entirely. We need to find other ways to create energy. Go Green!
4/2/2015AndreaSmithDogwood InitiativeQualicum BeachToxicPlease do not dump your toxic heavy metals and chemical surfactants into the Fraser River. The fish, plants and micro organisms that benifit our environment will die. We need them. We do not need your toxic waste - or the products that create it. Coal is a fuel of the past. Smarten up.
4/2/2015SandraSmedsDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverPlease deny the permit
Our public sewer system shouldn’t be open to just anyone dumping toxic wastewater.

Before Fraser Surrey Docks is permitted to dump coal sludge, the actual substances in it need to be identified and made public so we know exactly what we’re dealing with

Our public sewer systems serving a crappy project that puts our health and environment at risk is a bad idea.

CEO of Fraser Surrey Docks Jeff Scott recently told the Vancouver Sun the surfactants to keep the dust down are “considered safe”. But the product he plans to use contains a “proprietary additive”. That means no one actually knows what the chemical is, but it can cause irritation of the skin, eyes and respiratory system. Who considers that safe?

If this permit is approved, trace metals and unknown chemicals would flow into wastewater and storm water at Fraser Surrey Docks and be flushed into our sewer system. Even scarier, there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all these pollutants before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. These toxins could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
4/2/2015Victor BrueSmithDogwood InitiativePentictionDeny liquid waste permit for Fraser surrey docksWe don't need others' polution
4/2/2015michaelfilzwieserDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverStopStop embarrassing me
4/2/2015KarinJanderDogwood InitiativeDeltaCoal Wast Dumping PermitDear Sir,

This is to inform you that, as a someone who lives here, I am emphatically against allowing foreign coal companies to dump their liquid waste into our water after first spewing their toxic chemicals along the entire shipping route. There has not been adequate disclosure of exactly what is in the surfactant spray, nor have the effects of such substances on health and environment been given any serious in-depth consideration. And we all know that spills are inevitable.

Along the entire route, there is a trail of toxicity, beginning with the heavy metals in the coal. Then there are the surfactants they want to spray to reduce the dust. The fact that they don't wish to fully disclose what's in them is red flag enough . It's not known what health or evironmental effects those chemicals would have, or whether they can even be removed from the water by the sewage treatment system. This is entirely unsatisfactory in terms of disclosure and ludicrous to suggest that we should simply trust the US coal companies and Fraser Surrey Docks' completely biased word for it that it's 'safe'!

Will you, Mr. McGillivray, stand up for the good of all, and deny this permit? Or are you willing to be the one to single-handedly sell out environmental and public well-being, because it seems that decision is now entirely in your hands? The possible consequences are too far-reaching and the stakes too high to simply allow this to pass..
4/2/2015PeterHarrisDogwood InitiativeBrentwood BayBe accountable and take responsibilityMaking profit by not accounting for ALL the costs is unethical and takes the profit from others who suffer downstream from these actions. Just like fracking and other mineral extraction and industrial examples, whole populations are paying the price.
Get it right. Figure out how to do it safely without affecting others lives and adding to pollution and I will support it all the way. Until then, no deal.
Water from the Fraser ends up in everyone's backyard sooner or later
4/2/2015ChrisArmstrongDogwood InitiativeLadnerU.S. coal WASTE!Washington & Oregon? States conducted a 2-YEAR STUDY of SOFT, LOW GRADE (= CRAPPY) Wyoming coal shipments that led to their REFUSAL TO SHIP FROM THEIR PORTS. The Vancouver Port Authority did a 2 week study and said "no problem". WHO DO YOU TRUST? DENY A LIQUID WASTE PERMIT UNTIL AND UNLESS IT IS PROVEN SAFE!
4/2/2015SamDAlfonsoDogwood InitiativeTorontoUS Coal/Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray,

I'm concerned about the dangerous precedent that could be established if Fraser Surrey Docks permits the shipment of US Coal through its facilities. US thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals, the full contents of which have neither been identified or properly assessed, that would be flushed into the city's waste water system and affect the Fraser river ecosystem, which includes all human inhabitants in the area. Ignoring these longterm concerns for someone else's short-term profit will just open the floodgates to irresponsible profiteers doing whatever they want and, as usual, the public is left to deal with the mess.

Please deny this permit until the very real threat to human and environmental health and safety are addressed.
4/2/2015IKDogwood InitiativeDeltaFraser Surrey DockI live up the hill from the dock. I have been against this project since the start. US ports have refused to ship coal out due to all of the environmental scares it will leave. Why would we believe it will be any different? Now they are asking to dump unknown chemicals and carcinogens into our sewer system and eventually into our water. I cannot believe that this is even being considered. If the sewer treatment plant is unable to remove the carcinogens, heavy metals and any other chemicals out of the waste water, this will have a detrimental effect on the salmon and sturgeon that live or travel through the Fraser. Please show those of us that live in this beautiful city that Metro Vancouver is above the politics and money and is truely looking out for the people and city. Please deny the request for a permit and stop this project. I fear that if given the go ahead, our environment, our water ways and our health will be seriously placed in jepordy.
4/2/2015DarcieMacFrontonDogwood InitiativeLundPLEASE DON'T APPROVE COAL SHIPPING Proposal/Permit at Faser Surrey DocksCoal is full of heavy metals that should not be flushed into our wastewater system. PLEASE DON'T APPROVE THE PERMIT. Don't threaten the Fraser River and the Coastal waters.
4/2/2015michaelfilzwieserDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverPlease don'tThat will add averse affects to our ecosystems and environment as a whole. Please don't
4/2/2015JAngelDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverPlease deny the liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks!Coal dust puts people and the environment at risk. Its filled with toxic heavy metals - there is no way to spin it as being safe. No to dirty waste water! Yes to health and environmental protection! Please stand up and do what's right. Please deny the permit!
4/2/2015JohnMainlandDogwood InitiativeVancouverYou must be an idiot.....to approve such a permit.....
4/2/2015NormWolfeDogwood InitiativeRaspberryJust Say NO!1 - U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
2 - All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
3 - Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
4/2/2015Karen the OttawRosenfeldDogwood InitiativeWhite LakeLiquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.The Fraser River is an important resource - one that must be protected to ensure the safety and health of the public, fish, wildlife and the environment. Exposing the river to toxic thermal coal waste, and chemical surfactants threatens the health of all species that depend on the river.
4/2/2015LauraMclarenDogwood InitiativeHeriot BayKeep U.S coal out of our sewer!It is my understanding that U.S thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. Not only a threat to public health, but a threat to the health of fish and thousands of aquatic species.

We've got to be doing better to protect our health and put environmental sustainability as our priority.
4/2/2015AlanBurtDogwood InitiativeScarboroughDeny a liquid waste permitU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
4/2/2015PatriciaDiazDogwood InitiativeHaliburtonWaste PermitThe United States has been a threat to international security for decades. Allowing them to continue their money grabbing schemes effects more than Vancouver and continues to bring disgrace on Canada and Canadians.
4/2/2015heathercritesDogwood InitiativeComoxpublic sewers are not for industrial wasteBad in principle.

Bad in details - what WILL they be dumping?

Bad for water.
4/2/2015sheilaellisDogwood InitiativeMississaugaNo Toxic WasteMetro Vancouver deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
Not only are you letting US coal companies free ride through BC to get to Asia, you are going to let them spew dirty wastewater into the sewer system.
Disgraceful on all levels!
4/2/2015guymatthewsDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal Shipping ProposalPlease do not allow this outrageous proposal to be considered.
Environmentally we are stewards to this planet, please remember how we treat the planet determines the quality of life for all here.
4/2/2015RonGibsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal wasterU.S. coal waster should not be permitted to enter our waste water system. No Question.
4/2/2015RobertIrwinDogwood InitiativeCourtenay BCToxic waste from coal sludgeNo sludge should go into our waterways. Everything should be treated onland
4/2/2015IrwinRapoportDogwood InitiativeMontrealwhy the coal dock must be closedThere is no safe way to transport or burn coal. You are fully aware of how coal negatively impacts all ecosystems.
4/2/2015darlenesjostromDogwood InitiativeChemainusSewage Waste Not Industrial WastePublic facilities, paid for by the taxpayer are not at the beck and call of industry! Please do not even consider using this public system for a foreign corporation's use. Time to stand for the people, and do the right thing!
4/2/2015LynnSankeyDogwood InitiativePentictonCommon SenseWhy ISN'T this a bad idea?
4/2/2015SivallaLin MarcotteDogwood InitiativeSalt Spring Islandno liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey docksUnless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
4/2/2015EdJangDogwood InitiativeSaltspring IslLiquid waste Permit for Frazer Surrey DocksWe must stop using the ocean as a garbage dump Untold damage is done to our fish and wildlife It is not "out of site out of mind"
4/2/2015CrystalKellerDogwood InitiativeMount ForestU.S. CoalKeep U.S. coal out of the sewer systems. Its not right!! Its effecting everyone!!
4/2/2015kimhunterDogwood Initiativevancouverdino-pariahIn the 21st century, there are no excuses for such wanton devastation and poisoning for profit. Vancouver needs to joint he 21st century and ditch the coal profiteers entirely.
4/2/2015GordonMillerDogwood InitiativeVancouverPermitU.S. thermal coal should not be shipped through Fraser Surrey Docks and should be denied a permit to discharge waste into the Metro Vancouver sewer system/
4/2/2015TeresaWongDogwood InitiativeMarkhamNO to coal wastewaterU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit
4/2/2015MarilynMedenDogwood InitiativePort Moodycoal transport wasteNot only should we not be party to exporting coal, we should not be party to any possible contamination from that coal.
4/2/2015DenniseDombroskiDogwood InitiativeGibsonsPlease deny the Fraser surrey docks a permit for liquid waste.Theproposed transportation of coal by barge from these docks to texada island is ludicrous to begin with....ALLOWING toxic wastewater into the Vancouver sewer system is equally ludicrous. Please stop it from happening!!!
4/2/2015davidwhiteDogwood InitiativecoquitlamCorruptionNo respect for the enviroment. Its all about the money. Bastards...
4/2/2015MaggieReidDogwood InitiativeThornhillFraser Surry Docks WastewaterAny which way you look at coal it is dirty and toxic and does not belong in the sewer system nor the water systems. US thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. all along the export route, companies spray chemical suractants on coal piles to reduce dust. Who knows what toxin and carcinogens are contained in the spray.
4/2/2015JackBenzieDogwood InitiativeVernonVancouver’s Sewage ControlIt is outrageous that this permit is even being considered.
What about toxic waste regulations is unclear?
It seems impossible to get a statement from a reliable source of just what corrosive ingredients are added to bitumen to change it from solid to liquid.
PLEASE take the necessary action to allow the research BEFORE rather that AFTER the diaster.
Thanks
Jack & Aileen Benzie
4/2/2015BrianPackDogwood InitiativeSalt Spring IslandPlease deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksTo Whom it may concern,

The Georgia Strait is already taxed to the max with pollution. A permit to allow coal waste water full of toxic heavy metals may be enough to push a lot of sea life in it over the edge and into extinction.This includes the fresh water fish first and foremost in the Fraser River.

If this happens it could also result in a detrimental change in water quality and be dangerous for humans swimming in the Salish Sea or eating any of the remaining sea life out of it.

Please make a decision based on preserving the quality of this waterway without further challenges.

Thank you for doing the right thing for all of us.
4/2/2015JohnFykeDogwood InitiativeNew DenverFSD Waste Discharge Application Use Metro Vancouver Waste Water SystemTo: FSD Waste Discharge Permit Application Comments
Re: Fraser Surrey Docks Waste Discharge Permit Application.
I am concerned about the moral and environmental issues regarding the continued expansion of a coal transfer facility at Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) that would expedite the shipment of up to 8 million tons of U.S. thermal coal through Surrey, the Fraser River, and Salish Sea to Texada Island. We are asking you to reconsider the recently approved permit for the augmentation of the Texada Island port facility that would enable the increased coal export, and to phase out all U.S. thermal coal exports from BC ports. In particular I urge you to reject the FSD application to use Vancouver waste water facilities.
The chemicals, and their concentrations, contained in the FSD waste is not known as is the 'proprietary additive' to reduce coal dust. These chemicals, unlikely to be removed by treatment facilities would eventually end up in the Fraser River and could ene up in the coastal fish we consume.
The practice of burning coal is the source of most of the horrific air pollution problems in China and recent satellite studies show evidence of the pollution plume from China affecting the climate in North America as the atmosphere carries the particulates over the globe. Coal is also the fossil fuel most directly linked to the rising CO2 emissions in China of the last 20 years. Our province has shown strong leadership in the past on commitments to reduce GHG emissions and our municipalities have robust plans to reduce carbon output. The traffic in coal is not compatible with those plans. Making money at the expense of the health and prosperity of the planet is wrong.
Approval of these permits means that you are complicit with a continued dependence on a dangerous fuel that is a relic of a time that is no more. Denying the waste water permit would also send a powerful message that BC is committed to being part of the solution towards ocean pollution.
I ask you to consider both current and future generations of life on this planet as you make these decisions.
Thanks for your attention,
John Fyke, Box 145, New Denver, BC V0G1S0
4/2/2015BarbaraFalbyDogwood InitiativeTorontocoal shipments1. We should not be burning coal or sending it somewhere else to be burned, because coal produces the heaviest concentrations of gg emissions when burned.
2. All coal should remain in the ground, to enable the world to get off fossil fuels more quickly, and to lower the emissions that produce climate change.
3. The many heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, contained in coal dust affect children's mental health the most. There will always be leakage of coal dust from any source. The safety factor is an issue that cannot be ignored, and Canada is a signatory to the Precautionary Principle, which forbids participating in an act that will produce harmful effects.
4. Mothers Against Coal is an American group that has worked hard to keep coal shipments from leaving U.S. ports, because of the toxic effects.
4/2/2015RobinFagnanDogwood InitiativeVictoriaPermit for Surrey DocksThis permit should NOT GO AHEAD for many reasons. Aside from the lack of forward thinking in continuing to invest in coal, let's recognize the massive energy burn to transport this product.

But specifically, the contaminants that will inevitably enter the local waters are what concern me most, including the proprietary substance that we don't even know what it is!!

Please say no to this,permit request!
4/2/2015MaryLockDogwood InitiativeGillies BayPermit for Coal WasteDo you know exactly what chemicals would be washed away? And what affect would they have on the environment? Dirty wastewater carrying coal dust would contain toxic substances which should not be introduced into our coastal environment. More study is needed.
4/2/2015TonyChadwickDogwood InitiativeSt. JohnsDumping of coal dust waste in sewersthis is another case of out of sight out of mind. Just because this waste goes into the sewers, don't think it is not having an effect.
"Proprietary additive" is another term for "father knows best." We are beyond that kind of paternalism.
4/2/2015GrégoireBissonnetteDogwood InitiativeQu �becEnough is enoughWho are the persons that will really profit of this project?
Just think, please!
4/2/2015LornaRobin, BScDogwood InitiativeCrawford Bay, BCCoal shipping through BC not a good ideaDear Sirs/Mesdames

The proposed coal port would need permission to discharge wastewater into the public sewer system and then into the Fraser River. These coal shipments are potentially full of toxic heavy metals and chemical surfactants which are most unlikely to be removed in a wastewater treatment facility unless there are significant and expensive upgrades to handle this kind of waste.
Fossil fuels are not the way of the future. Let's skip helping a dirty industry which is already dying, and promote green energy alternatives in all possible ways, for our future and the future of our children and grandchildren.
4/2/2015DArcyAndersonDogwood InitiativeRed DeerKeep coal cleanNeed to keep our sewer systems from the harm of toxic wastes that are not treated properly to put back in the environment
4/2/2015MariLaddDogwood InitiativeTorontoCoalKeep your chemicals in the USA not in my Canada
4/2/2015bevtymchukDogwood Initiativewinnipegliquid.wastewe.don't.want.more.waste,dumped.in.our.water
4/2/2015ChrisLanceDogwood InitiativeBridge LakeCoal waste in sewer systemMajor pollution - we don't really know what is in this sludge.
Why are we allowing the US to dispose of it's waste here - send it to the States!
Will go into the Fraser river system - enough pollution there already.
4/2/2015LeahBelknapDogwood InitiativeInnisfilsewer systemwe don't want dirty wastewater from proposed coal port into the public sewer system.
4/2/2015tonysanhDogwood InitiativeDuncanshipping U.S coal from VancouverGreenhouse gas emissions at the consumer end
U.S. pacific states refused shipping their own countries coal
Wastewater from this operation needs to be scrupulously monitored.....can we do that ?
4/2/2015Susan-RoseSlatkoffDogwood InitiativeVictoriaKeep Coal Waste out of Public Sewer SystemThink about the health of the ocean and the fish, not to mention how this might impact humans.
4/2/2015AlCowanDogwood InitiativeNanaimofilthy coalkeep that filthy stuff in their own country!
4/2/2015christinepowellDogwood InitiativeVictorialiquid wastePlease do not rush this plan through. There are many unanswered questions. The Fraser river shouldn't be a dumping ground for toxins in the 21st century. We can do better!
4/2/2015ScottNeufeldDogwood InitiativeVancouverGrossUS Coal does not belong in our sewage, or anywhere. Disgusting, and dangerous. no thanks. please don't do this.
4/2/2015JoanLangDogwood InitiativeDeltaSay No to US coal companiesWe should be reducing our use of coal both in Canada and internationally through development of other energy sources. Our environment is already seriously compromised by pollution from coal use through air and water currents. Please do not give permission to those whose main agenda is profit at the expense of the integrity of our world systems which, if this type of abuse continues, will not be liveable for future generations. The time to stop this is now and the power to do it is in your hands. Gratefully,
4/2/2015BeverleyReadDogwood InitiativeCamroseliquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey docksThis is going to hurt BC and as usual Canadians are willing to sacrifice our natural resources for US profit.
4/2/2015raymcauleyDogwood InitiativeSurreycoal sludgeThe sewer system is not the place for any substance that is not of natural making...the commercial interests that produce such waste should shoulder the soul responsibly for cleaning up their mess.
4/2/2015MichaelDuffDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Liquid Waste Permit to Fraser Surrey DoclsHere are some obvious reasons to deny a liquid waste permit to Fraser Surrey Docks:

1. Thermal coal is a hazardous commodity. Burning coal causes global warming.

2. While coal is being shipped to power plants heavy metals and chemical surfacants leach from the coal into local water systems
These heavy metals and chemical surfacants may be dangerous to humans and the environment.
Fraser Surrey Docks are applying to discharge coal wastewater into the Fraser River via the public sewer system.

3. It is unknown if the public sewer system can effectively remove the heavy metals and chemicals from the coal wastewater.

Why would anyone even consider giving Fraser Surrey Docks a liquid waste permit? They are, in effect, asking for permission to poison our water.

Please deny this waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.

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4/2/2015BobHarrisDogwood InitiativePowell RiverCoal shipping proposalOur waters are some of the few in the world which are relatively clean. Many Asian countries have polluted their water so much they are coming here and buying Aquaculture leases to raise edible seafood to ship back to their countries. We dont need the coal shipping through Fraser Surrey Docks and Texada doesnt need the potential pollution. Be men, say NO.
4/2/2015DorothyYadaDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid waste permit for coal shippingPlease do not give U.S. coal companies a permit to empty their waste water into our public sewer system. This is a threat to public health, fish and the environment.
4/2/2015DaleImlahDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverNO WAy TO UNTESTED AND UNDISCLOSED SUBSTANCES IN OUR WATER SYSTEM!Unbelievable!
Where is the environmental impact study on issuing "dumping" permits of this nature?
Toxic deal...toxic future!
Dale Imlah
4/2/2015KeithYendrysDogwood Initiativesurreydon't allow liquid waste permitThere is no reason to allow a potencially harmful chemical into our water system. Load it back into the empty coal cars and send it back to the company and make them dispose of their packing material. I have seen shows from detroit with mountians of this material and they don't know what to do with it. So why would we dump the same material into our waters. The coal company owns it so they can have it back or pay an enviormental company to dispose of it a responsible enviormental safe manner.
4/2/2015HeatherHendersonDogwood InitiativeNanoose BayFraser Surrey Docks Coal Shipping proposalI feel that U.S. Thermal coal is likely full of heavy metals and carcinogens, and no one really knows how toxic the surfactants sprayed on it are, therefore I would oppose the approval of dumping the coal wastewater into the sewer system. This water would eventually enter rivers and the ocean, which may poison or contaminate fish and wildlife.
4/2/2015JasonMomeyerDogwood InitiativeVancouverStop the dumpingI don't want dumping in my back yard just to make a few bucks. This seems like a very bad idea. No US coal port in Vancouver
4/2/2015BrankaMilicevicDogwood InitiativeMississaugaStop polution!Simple and clear reason not to give permission to Fraser Surrey Docks - make people's and planet's health priority, not profit!
4/2/2015LynnMaxtedDogwood InitiativeComox ValleyDeny a Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksCoal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
We don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals are because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
4/2/2015DONALDCLOGGDogwood InitiativeSALT SPRING ISLANDCOAL WASTE IN OUR SEWERSPLEASE DO NOT ALLOW U.S. COAL CORPORATIONS TO EXPORT THEIR POLLUTION TO GREATER VANCOUVER.
4/2/2015JamesBryanDogwood InitiativePentictoncoal wastewaterPlease do not approve wastewater from coal to be discharged in to the Fraser River. The cumulative burden of waste is too great already. Moreover if we are to continue living on this planet we must stop burning coal.
4/2/2015AnthonyRobinsonDogwood InitiativeCourtenayNO! Toxic Coal Wastes to TreatmentTaxpayers are on the hook for hundreds of Million$ at abandoned toxic mine sites.
How can sane administrators approve industrial coal wastes going through domestic waste treatment???
Please give ethics and sanity a higher priority in your decisions.
Sadly, the main weakness in democracy is the powerful need to be re-elected.
Mining and Big Oil interests Vs the needs for public health and safety.

Be tough. Do the right thing.

Anthony Robinson
4/2/2015RayanaErlandDogwood InitiativePort Albernicoal wasteHow backward can we get at this time of global climate crisis - shameful!
4/2/2015DonBrightDogwood InitiativeCowichan BayResponsible stewardshipPlease do not allow undisclosed and possible toxic waste to be emptied into the Frazer River, not only endangering human water sources but also marine life.
4/2/2015KathyWongDogwood InitiativeVancouverStop the Fraser Surry Docks Liquid Waste Permit ApprovalA liquid waste permit approval for the Fraser Surrey Docks would be a penny wise but pound foolish move. Economically, socially, environmentally, we have far, far more to loose than to gain through such coal shipping initiatives. Please deny this application outright.
4/2/2015BarryLortonDogwood InitiativeNanaimoLoading public systems with commercial and hard to treat wasteFirst it is coal and rather than continue to support this pollutant, ie. Beijings pollution problems, in our common air, why are we doing this for American multinational companies ? What is the added cost to clean these chemicals, and what are they ?
4/2/2015JoanneMillerDogwood InitiativeCastlegarLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksWhy we would grant a permit for a foreign company to dump dirty coal wastewater into our sewer system baffles my mind. But especially without knowing exactly what is being dumped and what possible negative impacts will result.
4/2/2015ChristineVanDerwillDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey Docks - please deny permitsI am extremely concerned about the many negative impacts of the proposed shipping of coal facilitated by FSD. Please deny any and all permits associated with the proposed expansion of FSD to facilitate the shipment of dirty and carbon intensive coal. In particular I am concerned about the pending wastewater permit related to discharge into the Fraser River. This river should be in a phase of rejuvenation and cleanup versus under threat of new pollutants.

Our region and our children needs your leadership now, more than ever. Coal exports will only endanger our water and air, undermine efforts to restore the Fraser a River, hurt tourism and fishing industries air and diminish our reputation as a world-class region. .
4/2/2015MaureenSagerDogwood InitiativePort AlberniProposed coal port wastewaterCoal full of toxic heavy metals. Waste water could threaten public health, fish and the environment. Chemicals sprayed on coal piles are potentially dangerous.
4/2/2015JenniferJohnsonDogwood InitiativePrince GeorgeCoal waste waterWhat are the risks? Is it really worth adding more cancer causing contaminants into our precious water?
Seriously, give this deep thought.
4/2/2015JaneLewisDogwood InitiativeVictoriaDENY LIQUID WASTEIT IS A THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
4/2/2015EliPivnickDogwood InitiativeVernonPlease Deny a Liquid Waste PermitFirst, we should not be facilitating the shipping of coal from the US to China at a time when climate change is starting to hit hard.

Second, this is toxic waste which is going to end up in groundwater or in BC coastal waters. Not OK.
4/2/2015Sally AjAbrahamDogwood InitiativeRoberts CreekShipping toxinsCoal dust is toxic and should not be put in the sewer system.
4/2/2015Marie-ThereseDrouinDogwood InitiativeVictoriaDeny this permit ...Oh Dear God, This project stinks !! You must not approve this permit without knowing exactly what they will release into the water and exactly how this will affect the environment as well as our health !! Take great care with this one. It sounds toxic as hell !!
4/2/2015HeatherKennedy-MacNeillDogwood InitiativeCourtenayNo to a Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThere are so many concerns about the toxins with coal waste and I believe that the Precaustionary Principle must be used in this case. Please say no to the Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks
4/2/2015MarionCummingDogwood InitiativeVictoriaCoal WasteWe ought to be eliminating the toxic substances discharged into the environment, not adding to the problem. Please turn down the permit request.
4/2/2015QuinnFriesenDogwood InitiativeRobson, BCPlease deny permit to US coal companiesI'm concerned about the possibility of wastewater from a coal port (Fraser Surry Docks) entering a public wastewater system that affects the Fraser river and all the land and people surrounding it.

Is the current wastewater treatment plant designed to, or capable of, filtering out the heavy metals existing in coal wastewater? Is there a system in place to deal with heavy metals that do get filtered out?

Questions like these need thorough answers before allowing such a permit to go through. No one wants to see pollution crisis that effects economy and ecology happen in our back yard.
4/2/2015WayneMaloffDogwood InitiativeVictoriaShare My Sewer With Coal WasteNoNoNoNo!!

Our public sewer systems were not intended for this kind of waste. We don't toxic sludge and run-off added to existing sewer water. There are too many unanswered question with this proposal.
4/2/2015LynnWilsonDogwood InitiativeNorth SaanichToxic Coal SludgePlease deny this permit - there must be a complete analysis of the substances involved & a study on the ability of our waste water plant to deal with this.
It is time to put our environment as a top priority.
4/2/2015QuintinLarsonDogwood InitiativeCastlegarCoal Sludge dumping into sewer waterHello,
I am writing about the pending permit for Fraser Surrey Docks to dump coal sludge into metro Vancouver sewer system. It is unacceptable to allow the dumping of unknown proprietary substances into sewers that we don't know for certain our treatment facilities can process, and won't present public health and environment hazards. That Fraser Surrey Docks says it is considered safe isn't adequate; a true independent environmental impact review is necessary (of course an independant reviewer shouldn't have any relationship with any organization that would benefit from the shipping of coal.) Also it should be a matter of public record the exact substances being dumped and transported if they are going to be entering into public treatment facilities.
Thank you for your consideration.
Quintin Larson
4/2/2015MarjorieStoughtonDogwood InitiativePickeringPlease do NOT allow U.S. coal into our sewersPlease do NOT allow coal wastewater to be added to our public sewer system.
The toxic heavy metals cannot be filtered out fully, so it is a definite threat to our environment.
On top of these toxic materials are added surfactants to reduce dust. But the surfactants themselves add to thge toxic mix and make it more difficult to clean out of the water system and environment.
4/2/2015LynnWilsonDogwood InitiativeNorth SaanichToxic Coal SludgePlease deny this permit - there must be a complete analysis of the substances involved & a study on the ability of our waste water plant to deal with this.
It is time to put our environment as a top priority.
4/2/2015AlexMcEachernDogwood InitiativeEdmontonCoalWe should not be aiding and abetting the coal industry anymore.
4/2/2015BarryFlemingDogwood InitiativePort MoodyNo liquid waste permitThe Fraser is far too important to the lives of all British Columbians as well as its fish and wildlife to expose us to the contaminants in this wastewater.For goodness sake,use the precautionary principle.make Fraser Surrey Docks prove their wastewater is safe before granting any permits.
4/2/2015LeanneNuttDogwood InitiativeLangley BCfrazer surry coal portThe cost to human and environmental health is just to great a price to pay for such dirty business.
4/2/2015ClaireGibersonDogwood InitiativeWest VancouverWastewaterEven the thought of dumping coal
wastewater into our domestic sewer system is unthinkable. Every household, whether a renter or an owner is paying for this system to operate and a large foreign corporation should never have
right of access to our domestic sewers.

Who is in charge here. Where are the men and women of wisdom who will take care of our future generations. Is everything now for sale to the highest bidder and everything now have a dollar
value. I am old and have no grandchildren but I shudder to watch our old values being destroyed, values our men fought two world wars to protect.
They must be turning around in their
graves. The constant degradation of our environment is chilling when in just one person's lifetime so much damage has been done.

I have lived in the Lower Mainland for fifty years and am grateful that I will not have to witness the further degradation of another fifty years. Is anyone listening?
4/2/2015JiniPatelDogwood InitiativeSURREYBad Idea!Please do not grant this permit unless STRONG measures are in place to:

1. Determine all substances that are likely to be present in the wastewater and prepare an environmental impact report on those substances - focusing on the particular environment of the Fraser River.

2. Determine the impact of all possible substances in the wastewater on human health and "downstream" effects.

Please take this issue very seriously as we are relying on you to preserve our community and waterways.
4/2/2015LinneaGoodDogwood InitiativeSummerlandSlow down the Coal DecisionsWe deserve better consultation than we have had about the toxins that could be coming into the Fraser waterways. No to Coal through Vancouver's sewage!
4/2/2015harrywongDogwood InitiativeVancouverwe need to be careful with the environment.too loose and easy control which could endanger health
4/2/2015JoannaWolskaDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverNo permit pleaseWe must have the toxins assessed and tested before attempting any operations of transferring it. The toxic effects will have to our living conditions our air and water. There has to be a way to avoid this and alternative safe energy sources should be used instead.
4/2/2015suebellDogwood InitiativeVictoriacoal shipping waste disposalPlease don'r allow the U.S. coal companies to transport their coal water thru Canada and more so to dispose of it in Canada's waterways.
4/2/2015KevinLindeDogwood InitiativePort MoodyDon't toxify our waterThis is not in the best interest of the people!
4/2/2015NancyGoldsberryDogwood InitiativeCoombsNo to coal wastewater in public sewerA private company from the US has no business using our publicly paid for sewer system at Fraser Surrey Docks. Wastewater from coal shipping ends up in our treatment plants and eventually the Fraser River. This is important fish habitat which is already in jeopardy from many sources of pollution.
Thankyou for responsible decision-making on behalf of BC residents.
4/2/2015AgnesWattsDogwood InitiativeVancouverToxic sludge in Georgia StraightThe Straight of Georgia, or Salish Sea, is a virtual closed system. It is already heavily polluted. It cannot tolerate more garbage. Why do large corporations think the oceans are their personal garbage dumps? They should not be allowed to pollute public spaces, whether on land, in water, or in the air, with impunity and lack of responsibility.
4/2/2015AdamSchellDogwood InitiativeVancouverConcernedWastewater treatment has proven to be a topic that is not given enough preliminary research and then has lasting and far-reaching impact. As an example for consideration is the large amount of agricultural run off in the great lakes causing algae blooms. In this case, the coal waste water could have serious impact on local marine biosystem around Vancouver and there is too much at stake to let that happen
4/2/2015WilliamBenavidesDogwood InitiativeWhite RockNo coal waste in our sewer systemAs a father of a 3 year-old girl and a citizen of White Rock, I'am shocked to hear that US coal companies want to dump their toxic waste into our water system through the Fraser Surrey Docks. Please deny A Liquid Waste Permit!
4/2/2015AnonymousFriends of ChuckanutBellinghamSalmon not Coal- Stop any discharge of coal laden water into the Salish SeaI live in a community that will be impacted by increased train traffic carrying coal to this terminal. I live on the water, and my husband is a commercial salmon fisherman. Thus, any discharge of contaminated, treated water into the Bay impacts us and our way of life. Do not issue a permit to allow any water to enter our public waterways that has been contaminated with coal dust and surfactants that are used to suppress coal dust.
It is bad enough that Victoria is continuing to pollute our inland seas with human sewage, now Surry wants to add pollutants from coal into our water.
Please note the effects on Herring, salmon, and other rockfish that are suffering from activities of humans as we negatively impact the environment. Please consider the loss of water fowl, sea stars, and marine bio-diversity as we introduce more ship traffic. You must consider the Orca numbers and impacts of dirty water and increased ship traffic.
This is a very bad idea for all that live in this area, the only winners are a few who will profit at the expense of a natural environment that is disappearing in our lifetime. You must say NO to this project, there is no mitigation for loss of salmon.
4/1/2015ShirleyBrunkeDogwood InitiativeBurnabyFraser Surrey Docks CoalThere are few benefits from shipping American coal out of Fraser Surrey Docks. Maybe a few jobs ... but the Fraser River is one of the great salmon spawning rivers of the world. Why risk our precious natural resources for the benefit of the American coal producers? The risks are so much greater than the benefits.
4/1/2015KatherineRobackDogwood InitiativeVancouverRefuse to grant a permit for US coal dumpToxic waste will damage the salmon run. Do not allow it!
4/1/2015IsobelColeDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal shipment waste waterDear Mr. McGillivray - Please add my name to the list of citizens concerned about the proposal to dump waste water into the Fraser River from the Surrey Docks project.
I am terrified that the heavy metals and the chemicals sprayed on the coal shipments will pollute and kill fish and humans who use the Fraser River.
Please listen to the voices of reason.
4/1/2015LouisaBrunkeDogwood InitiativeVancouverStop Coal Project!Please do not approve the shipping of thermal coal from BC to Asia.

I am extremely opposed to any proposal of coal waste being dumped into our sewer system. According to the Dogwood Initiative, the waste is full of heavy metals, and chemical surfactants.

I do not want these substances in our local waterways!

For the people of today, and the people of the future, please do not approve this coal shipping proposal.

Thank you.
Louisa
4/1/2015MDallDogwood InitiativeNew westDeny a liquid waste permit!!!Please keep our rivers and oceans clean and safe for the future. Don't allow the permit!
4/1/2015KathyCoppsDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny the permit to U.S. CoalIt defies logic for Metro Vancouver to allow Fraser Surrey Docks and US coal interests to use our sewer system as a dumping ground for their toxic interests. Please reject their application for a permit which will result in unknown threats to human and environmental health. Why are we so eager to jeopardize our future for US interests? It is inconceivable that any sensible official would agree to such a thing!
4/1/2015DeborahPotiralaDogwood InitiativeBurnabyNO to U.S. thermal coalNo dirty coal coming through B.C. We are the ones who would suffer the effects of such a deal. Alaska still hasn't fully recovered from the Exxon Valdez spill. Minor or major accidents WILL happen. We want NONE of those. All interested parties should focus more on renewables. We cannot pretend global warming isn't happening or try to justify 'one more shipment, one more shipment, one more shipment' and never make the honest effort to change to renewables.
4/1/2015LynFernsDogwood InitiativeCourtenaycoal waste from U.S. CompaniesThere is clearly a risk that there could be a dumping of this waste, either by transport in, or out of Vancouver.Since there clearly toxic chemicals in this, this should not be done
4/1/2015BreaghMenziesDogwood InitiativeVancouverKeep U.S. coal out of our sewer systemI urge you to reject this proposal. It it far too risky for public health, fish and the environment. We need to take a stand to keep B.C. shores and our peoples healthy! Like many others one of the main reasons I live here is the clean air and water. Let's protect it!!
4/1/2015PidgeHendrieDogwood InitiativeVictoriaCoal Waste into Public Sewage System - NOCoal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment. This is a terrible idea.
4/1/2015AnonymousSurreyFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationI have lived in a delightful area known as Royal Heights above Fraser Surrey Docks for the past 57 years. Roughly two years ago Fraser Surrey Docks applied to Port Metro Vancouver for a permit to install a coal transfer station to facilitate the shipment of US thermal coal to Texada Island and thence to China. The shipments would commence at 4 million tonnes annually, increasing to 8 million tonnes. This would appear to have come about as a result of a number of ports in Washington and Oregon refusing to accommodate the companies which mined the coal in Wyoming. PMV instructed FSD to notify residents of the area who would be affected if the application was approved. FSD claim to have sent out 3200 notices. I have talked with many of my neighbours, attended many meetings and I have yet to meet anyone who received one of these notices. One can only assume none were ever sent out for obvious reasons. When word emerged of the plans for the coal dock, it was widely publicized that the entire operation at FSD would be totally enclosed with no risk of dust escaping. I checked the details of the permit application and found a clause :- "provision should be made for an emergency stockpile of 10,000 sq. m. or 2.47 acres." I brought this to the attention of the media and this clause was subsequently deleted. Another item I had printed in the media, but never received an answer. It came to my attention that the coal being shipped to Texada Island would be carried in the same barges which bring limestone from Texada to the Lafarge dock on the Fraser. My question was, I felt sure the barges would be cleaned and what would happen to the effluent ? You may correctly assume from the foregoing that I regard FSD as an organization which cannot be trusted and I urge you in the strongest possible terms to deny their application. There is absolutely no way this toxic US coal residue should be allowed to contaminate Metro Vancouver's sewer system. Many thanks for your attention.
David Gibbs.
4/1/2015AnonymousCommunities and CoalDeltaWaste Discharge PermitWith all of the catastrophic tailing-pond failures that we have read about in the news lately, I can't believe you would even consider a plan that includes building tailing-ponds in very close proximity to the Fraser River. What kind of an environmental impact would there be if one of these ponds were to collapse?
4/1/2015AnonymousPort MoodyDo not allow Fraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permitHuman health and the well-being of our environment, upon which our health depends, is so much higher a priority than allowing a company to throw its toxins into our system, I don't honestly know how to begin to tell you something that seems so utterly obvious to me. I know that Metro Vancouver as a whole has many programs and objectives that are concerned with our long term well-being as a region - waste reduction, water quality, and so on. This permit flies in the face of all that. Toxins and drinking water do not belong together. Toxins and water of any kind do not belong together. Small children would understand this. We drink this, and if we ourselves aren't drinking it, it is nonetheless going into our system which ends up in our bodies - through fish, food, etc. etc. Deny this permit. Protect our health and the wellbeing of our environment.
4/1/2015AnonymousSurreyPlease DENY the Fraser Surrey Docs liquid waste permit applicationI am writing to urge you to deny the Fraser Surrey Docks liquid waste permit application. My son has already has an endocrine disorder and our family does eat the salmon from the Vedder river. These salmon have swam thru the Fraser River as fry and return to spawn. I am very concerned that the PAHs that will end up in our river are dangerous to the ecosystem and ultimately my family. Is there any assurance offered by the companies profiting from coal export that our ecosystems will not be damaged? Are they willing to pay for a comprehensive independent study to determine safety of PAHs? As far as the possible use of DUSTREAT DC6109, is Fraser Surrey Docks able to guarantee this product will not be used at any point during the transportation of the coal to the dock? As a known carcinogen I strongly oppose companies profiting at the expense of our health (spoken by someone who has lost their mother to cancer and is currently assisting her father thru his stage four cancer battle). In regards to the use of Chitosan, I also oppose this as Nitrous Oxide is a greenhouse gas 321 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Are there alternatives for Chitosan with a lower greenhouse gas emission rate? Are the companies profiting from the coal export willing to pay for an independent study to determine the amount of CO2eq will be emitted from this process? If so are they willing to pay a carbon tax on this emission? In consideration of our fragile oceans in regards to ocean acidification which has become 26% more acidic since the industrial revolution, will the PH of the substance entering the sewer be tested for pH?
3/31/2015JohnGoudswardDogwood InitiativeSurreyStop USA coal to Fraser Surrey DocksI am concerned , that we will allow USA coal to be shipped to our community,as we know the USA didn't want it shipped through their ports. The Fraser river and its estuary needs to be protected so i do not approve of having Metro Vancouver's sewage system contribute to damage to our environment
3/31/2015michaelcallawayDogwood InitiativePrince GeorgeWaste water from Fraser Surrey DocksI don't want dirty wastewater spewed into our public sewer system. U.S. Thermal Coal is full of heavy toxic metals. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish, and the environment. All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins, and human carcinogens. We don't know, you won't disclose the information. Could it be that you don't want us to know ?
3/31/2015JonathanBarlowDogwood InitiativeVancouver.Liquid waste proposal -Fraser SurreyI would hope that the environmental and potential health factors in this proposal would mean that it is not going to be considered. Do we not need to ensure FSD Bears the cost of cleaning this waste and disposing of it, rather than just adding it to our own sewage? Or is this just going to be another corporate free ride?
3/31/2015KarenO'BrienDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny a Liquid Waste PermitUS thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals and there is no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.
There are risks associated with the chemicals sprayed to keep the coal dust at bay. No one will tell us what chemicals are being used and what effect they have.
All of these toxins will affect our wastewater system and no one is coming clean about that. A sewage permit should not be granted to Fraser Surrey Docks; to do otherwise is irresponsible.
3/31/2015WardBakerDogwood InitiativeNelsonFraser Surrey Docks Liquid Waste PermitThis permit needs to be denied. It is time we put an end to adding to the toxic burden in our waterways. If US coal companies want to ship coal they should be doing it in their own country and having to face the destructive consequences in their own country. The whole world including China is beginning to reduce their dependency on coal. This is not the time to be adding a facility to handle coal. It will only leave a legacy of pollution.
3/31/2015VerityHeapDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo to American Coal in our SewersThis poject is a terrible idea. U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons that would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved. These toxins could threaten public health, salmon (as well as countless other sea creatures and important nutritional resources) and the overal marine environment.
There is no guarantee that the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Toxic heavy metals are particularly unhealthy for children. Let's keep our children safe - they are especially vulnerable to mercury and heavy metals poisoning.
3/31/2015SheilaBarazzuolNorth VancouverSurrey Fraser Docks application for permit to dump coal waste water into the metro sewer systemCoal dust laden waste water has absolutely no place in our sewer system.
I am totally against placing this in our sewer system. Please do not give a permit for this.
3/31/2015AnonymousSurreyFraser Surrey Docks liquid waste permitAs a resident of Surrey and a tax payer I am totally against this permit and the shipping of U.S. waste through Canada and my city. Let the U.S. get rid of their own waste product. Why are we allowing this in Canada where we suffer the pollution and chance of a devastating accident affecting all residents here in Surrey and the lower mainland. Are we driven just on money; what about our health, the environment and the ecosystems within this proposal. I cringe to think of the state of this planet that we are leaving the next generation. Please try to remember the planet is on loan to us to care for, for the next loan to our next generation.
3/31/2015AnonymousEclipse AwardsVancouverPlease don't proceed with this!I was disappointed and shocked to learn of the proposal for Fraser Surrey Docks to dispose of their waste water into Metro Vancouver’s sewage system. This is so short-sighted and unwise, that's it's hard to believe it's actually under consideration. Our waterways are vital to life in our region and the idea of introducing more heavy metal toxins into them is simply unimaginable. We are destroying our future for a quick fix while all around us the planet is showing us that just doesn't work.

Please, stop this proposal from proceeding any further as it's simply the wrong way to build our economy.
3/31/2015AnonymousSelfSurreyFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationIt is too risky to flush coal and coal related waste into Metro Vancouver's sewage system - given what we already know what that waste contains.
Please don't give FSO a liquid waste permit to do this.
3/31/2015AnonymousSurreySurrey Docks liquid waste permitGood morning.
I Am stating the obvious, although this is not to everyone. China and the U.S., are leaders in many ways. Something businesses and civic groups and the boards of Metro Vancouver could aspire to.
China would love to receive this coal because it doesn't only allow the use of it to fuel industry there, but it shows the lack of forward thinking of those that fight so hard to make it happen here, against all obstacles put in it's way. It shows how easily Canada and industry leaders here are trying to keep up, not leading in any direction but down. The movement of coal through this area pollutes the environment, sickens the residents, raise the cost of our health care system, and is insignificant in the employment of the citizens. This project is not leading to strength and prosperity in this geographical area of Canada,. It is leading to further degradation of our air quality and resources.
China and the U.S. are striving to find and use the latest and most efficient energy sources. Either of those countries are not looking toward medieval ways of creating power sources. They get stronger with new technologies, while watching us get weaker, meddling in costly methods from the past. Approving this project by allowing the waste water to be run through the present treatment facilities, is short sighted and mindless. There are always consequences to whatever we do. The consequences of allowing this permit are long lasting in how it effects the health of the region.
By disallowing this permit and restricting this coal shipment project to proceed sends a message to industry that we, as a community and a province support modern, efficient, clean energy sources that benefit this whole area, and not outdated technologies and the financial fortunes of a very small group.
I do not support the movement of coal through this area in any manner.
My vote matters and I vote with my conscience and the future of a strong Canada in mind.
Best regards.
3/31/2015GregSimmonsSurreyFraser Surrey Docks’ Application for a Sanitary Sewer Waste Discharge PermitI write to strongly urge Metro Vancouver not to approve this application as it contains numerous serious deficiencies. These include:

• FSD’s water analysis fails to model actual operating conditions and may underestimate the likely amounts of restricted waste, such that, even after pre-treating of the waste water, metal counts may exceed concentration maximums.

• The figure of 600 mg/L for TSS in Coal Solution upon which FSD relies is not representative of the pretreated wastewater, which will likely contain much higher levels of contaminants.

• The pH of precipitation in the region in which the Project is planned is significantly lower than that of the water used in FSD’s coal water analysis, suggesting that the actual rate of leaching and dissolution of metals and other substances will be higher than FSD indicates.

• The two-week time-frame used in the FSD coal water analysis does not account for leaching of heavy metals from sediment over the longer time periods.

• Are the Metro wastewater treatment plants able to treat the contaminants and TSS present in the coal water? For example, the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) contained within coal are endocrine disrupting chemicals, listed by Environment Canada as toxic substances. What are the consequences of PAHs within our water system and to what extent can they be treated?

• The impact and treatment of Chemical Topper Agents, one of which (DUSTREAT DC6109) contains known carcinogens, is not considered in the application.

• Chitosan is considered as a flocculant for removal of suspended solids. Due to its high nitrogen content, Chitosan may have a deleterious impact on the environment, yet this is not addressed in FSD’s application.

• Critically, the coal water analysis was not conducted on the actual product that will be expoorted, Spring Creek Mine PRB coal, but on Westshore PRB coal.

• No consideration is given to the resulting increase in waste water that would accompany a planned four-fold increase in facility capacity.

• FSC has applied for a “temporary” permit despite that the facility is clearly intended for long-term and expanded use.

Thank you for your consideration.
3/30/2015JasonLewkoDogwood InitiativeDeltaThis permit should be deniedThis risks of pollution of toxic chemicals and heavy metals is not worth giving a permit to Fraser Surrey Docks to dispose of liquid waste. Please deny this permit.
3/30/2015DanielWhiteDogwood InitiativeBurnabyKeep US coal out of our sewersI think the subject line says it all, thank you.
3/30/2015AllanSharpDogwood InitiativePowell Rivercoal portToxic, global warming, antiquated dirty energy!! How much nastiness can the Fraser river and Salish Sea handle?
3/30/2015RosemarieMaldonadoDogwood InitiativeBurnabyThis is a no brainier!!! No no no!!This is a no brainier why this is a bad idea we have to stop the idea of coal sludge tainted with who nos what go into are life line of human food suppy!
3/30/2015AnonymousDeltaSurrey Fraser Docks Waste Discharge Permit ApplicationI am writing to implore you to refuse the FSD application for a Sanitary Sewer Waste Discharge Permit. I am very concerned of the impact this permit could have not only on myself and my children, but also on my community and ultimately the local and global environment.

I am extremely worried about the potential environmental and health impacts both immediate and cumulative from dirty and toxic waste water being poured into our already overburdened public sewer system and ultimately into the already stressed Fraser River. I feel very strongly that this wastewater, filled with toxic heavy metals in addition to unknown chemical surfactants which are being added en route to the docks, poses a threat to our human and environmental health and safety. Are we to be guaranteed that all of these toxins can be filtered out before the water is discharged back into the Fraser River or sewage sludge is processed?

It is amazing and ultimately unfathomable that our American neighbours have refused this thermal coal for reasons of public and environmental health and safety and yet Canadian citizens’ health is being put at risk. This American industrial toxic waste has no business to be allowed into our local public sewage system and should certainly not be paid for by the public to be treated. I sincerely hope that public and environmental health and safety will take precedence over anything else and that this application will be denied. The responsible response is “NO!”
3/29/2015SimonLyonsDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal ExportsI am very concerned to hear that effluent from coal processing could be directed into municipal wastewater systems. Has there been a full environmental assessment, including an assessment of existing system capacity and ability to deal with the specific chemical hazards involved? If there has been, please direct me to to relevant information.
3/29/2015DavidGoldDogwood InitiativeWhiterockLiquid waste from Fraser Surrey DocksIt is not bad enough that Fraser Surrey Docks contaminates our air from the Coal Dust now they want to contaminate our water.
What is the huge rush to contaminate without a permit showing proof of safety to our public sewer systems.
Could it be they may not like the conclusions an honest investigation would provide.
We moved to White Rock 12 years ago and it was paradise.
We might as well have moved to Detroit or New Jersey where at least housing is more affordable.
David Gold and Mary
3/29/2015RobMackenzieDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterWaste Water from coal Transfer proposalWe don't need or want US coal coming into Fraser Surrey docks.
The idea of waste water from the transfer of cheap US coal being let into our sewers and then back into the Fraser river is crazy. From an environment stand point there are too many questions unanswered as to the pollution caused by allowing waste water into our sewer system.
Please do not allow this permit to Fraser Surrey docks to take place and preserve our already polluted rivers well into the future.
3/29/2015LeahWellsDogwood InitiativeArmstrongcoal waste depositionThis is 2015 and coal energy shouldn't even exist anymore, so we definitely don't need to make it easy for the coal energy industry to make shipments via Port Metro Vancouver by being slack with the environmental restrictions.
3/29/2015JanetteSperberDogwood InitiativevancouverCoal Shipping Permit Unwanted!The cost to human and environmental health is too high.
3/29/2015JoshuaGastaldelloDogwood InitiativeSurreyNo to coalNo more coal through BC!
3/29/2015Glen & JenniferMcGarrigleCommunities and CoalDeltaWaste-Water PermitThere are many concerns that you should be considering before allowing this waste-water permit.

The first of which is full disclosure on all chemicals and substances, and the volumes of them, either in the coal or the topping agent and whether Metro Vancouver's sewage treatment facilities can effectively eliminate 100% of these toxins and carcinogens. The topping agent contains a "proprietary additive" that may cause skin, eye and respiratory tract irritation. This substance needs to be identified and made public so we know exactly what we are dealing with.

Next, you need to make sure that Fraser Surrey Docks has a plan that will prevent ANY of these harmful chemicals from leaching into the Fraser River and contaminating this very valuable environmental system. Thermal Coal is dirtier and harder to handle safely than other types and Powder River Basin coal is some of the dirtiest coal on the planet.

Finally, who will pay for all of this? Our waste-water system is overburdened already. Is FSD going to pay to upgrade our treatment plants to handle the new contaminants it will encounter and are they going to pay to increase the handling capacity needed to treat this extra volume of waste? No matter how well this coal dust and waste water is handled there is always going to be some negative environmental impact. BC citizens shouldn’t have to pay the financial cost of this along with the environmental cost when American citizens have refused it. It’s more of an economic boon to the Americans than it is to us but even so, they have blocked it.

Let’s take our cue from our smarter neighbours to the South and reject this foolish bid to transfer American coal destined for China through Canadian lands and waterways. The environmental risks far outweigh the economic benefit.
3/29/2015AnonymousCitizenSurrey, BCFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationI urge you to refuse Fraser Surrey Docks a liquid waste permit.
There are far too many critical issues & significant reasons that would support your decision to deny this application. Coal contains a number of known toxic metals ,which even after treatment, can remain high. Coal also contains Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons which, according to Environment Canada, are also toxic. In addition, other chemicals are used to treat the coal in various stages of its journey.
To import coal with all its carcinogens, to then treat coal with more chemicals & carcinogens and then to dump waste water into our water systems is both ludicrous and irresponsible. And all for what? At a time when climate change has accelerated faster than any predictions, we are allowing the expansion of coal transportation through our country so that it can exported to China for burning and ultimately contributing to global warming.
I urge you to consider the serious implications of supporting this initiative. By allowing Fraser Surrey Docks a permit, you will be permitting the dumping of even more pollutants into our already comprised Fraser River estuary and our Salish Sea.

To quote from Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Framework:
“Natural splendour, access to abundant resources and markets and a diverse civil society have converged in Metropolitan Vancouver to create one of the world’s most liveable regions. But with this privileged position comes responsibility for the immediate and long term impacts of our actions both locally and globally. “
~ Ruth Chitty
Citizen
Surrey Resident
3/29/2015RobertHoughtonCitizenSurreyFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationI am writing to ask you to refuse the Fraser Surrey Docks Wastewater Treatment Application. This issue cannot be decided solely on whether or not FSD is able to meet concentration levels for the numerous metals and organic compounds found the treated wastewater. One of the questions you must address is: are you as representatives of the citizens of Metro Vancouver willing to continue using the Fraser River and the Salish Sea as a dumping ground for industrial waste?

A second consideration of course is climate change and its planetary impact. A positive response to FSD application by your committee would in fact be tacit support for an industrial process, i.e.. the burning of thermal coal, that is linked directly to climate change and its environmental repercussions.

Is it not time that the essential component of our decisions not be to aid corporate entities in the increase of profits but rather how our decisions will impact planetary ecology and future generations.

Once again, I urge you to refuse the SFD Wastewater Treatment Application. We are privileged to be a part of the Fraser River/Salish Sea ecosystem; let us not destroy it.

Sincerely

Robert Houghton
3/29/2015AnonymousPrivate CitizenVancouverFDS Waste Discharge Permit ApplicationIt is both irrational and suicidal to dump contaminated coal-laden water into Vancouver's sewerage system. Approval must not be given to FSD's waste discharge permit application until they hire environmental engineers to enhance the elimination of the threat in their current waste disposal system.
3/28/2015JudyLeaDogwood InitiativeVancouverQuestions re coal waste water in my sewage system!I understand that you are considering granting an application for US coal waste water to be dumped into our sewage system! Please do not say yes to this application! How much information do we have about the ability of our plants to treat this water and completely remove ALL its toxins? The water in our ports and near our shores is already quite polluted. Let's work on cleaning it up instead of adding morel own toxins to it!

Thank you.
3/28/2015GailLefevreDogwood InitiativeMaple RidgeGoodbye Vancouver.....as we've known it.
Up to you!
3/28/2015KellyPickerillDogwood InitiativePentictonFraser Surrey DocksTo Mr. Grant McGillivray,

I am writing because I am against the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal for a permit allowing it to use the public sewer system for its coal waste.

This has potentially severe negative effects for public health and wildlife if the toxic heavy metals in thermal coal were to accidentally enter into the water system without being properly treated.

To add, the lack of oversight and publicly disclosed information concerning this permit contributes substantially to the scetpticism I already feel toward this proposal. The public will indeed be affected be this matter and should be fully informed of the comprehensive details included in the permit proposal.

Thank you for you consideration and please act responsibly and in the public's best interests on this matter.
3/28/2015PaulBogartDogwood InitiativeVancouverProtecting our air and water is importantAttention Grant McGillivray,
i want to write to explain how this possibility of using our pot to ship us coal is very likely to cause a number of serious health and environmental problems. Please don't neglect the health of our community and our water and environment.
3/28/2015RobertHughesDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterNo Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksDon't allow dirty waste water from the coal port to be emptied into our public sewer system Surrey Docks must take full responsibility for ensuring the water is not released into the environment until they have removed all contaminants. Why should taxpayers assume the cost of their bad environmental practices and why should public health be put at risk?
3/28/2015MichelleCarchraeDogwood InitiativeBowen IslandDeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksProcessing US coal wastewater through Vancouver's sewage system is a bad idea for Metro Vancouver because it could pollute our rivers, oceans and all of the living things that depend on that water, including the people who live there.

We need to know what chemicals will be in that wastewater and whether those chemicals will still be in the effluent when it is released into the Fraser River. If that information is not available, then it would be irresponsible for this project to go ahead.
3/28/2015NigelDickDogwood InitiativeAbbotsfordcoal wastePlease toss this proposal out immediately. It undermines the health of the public, while hampering potential for the Canadian system to improve its own waste systems.

Thank-you
3/28/2015AnonymousSurreyCoal waste discharged into sewer water.I am looking at the sewer waste bylaw 299, page 20, #4.

I would refuse this application until such time as it can be demonstrated that #4 can be followed.

Once this waste is in our water supply it cannot be recalled!
3/28/2015AnonymousMission, BCSupplemental commentFurther to my original comments regarding the toxic nature of this Powder River Basin: Sub-Bitumous Thermal Coal, I ask these questions:
1. Are there any U.S. ports capable and willing to handle and ship this Powder River Thermal Coal?
2. Why not ship this coal from any of these Westcoast U.S. ports such as Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego?
3. Why is this U.S. coal coming into Canada for export through Westshore Terminals and possibly the Fraser-Surrey Docks via the U.S.-Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad instead of being exported through a U.S. port?
4. Do any of the above mentioned U.S. cities have any issues and/or prohibitions in place that blocks this Powder River Thermal Coal from export through their ports?
5. What incentives are in-place that attracts this coal to B.C. for export through Westshore Terminals and Fraser-Surrey Docks?
3/27/2015ChristineCarlsonDogwood InitiativeWilliams LakeDeny this request.!. harms the ecology
2. it's pollution
3. why are we importing poisons from the States, don't we have enough already?
4. Who knows what's been sprayed on this crud and what it will do to us?
5. No-one wants this but the docks.
6. Only stupid people would be in favour of this.
3/27/2015GuyLancasterDogwood InitiativeBurnabyThis is not District 12Why would we allow a foreign coal company to dump its waste into our systems? Money? At what cost?

1) Public and environmental health
- the coal itself contains known heavy metals and other hazardous compounds that are difficult and expensive to treat
- additives contain unknown (why?) compounds that are probably environmentally hazardous (might they be environmentally beneficial? - not likely)
- releases of these materials come back to us in our air, water, and food

2) Global warming
- coal is primarily carbon and burns to produce almost 3 times its weight in toxic greenhouse gases (yes, CO2 is very toxic)

3) A dying industry
- coal is an ancient fuel source. It fueled the industrial revolution. It's had its day.
- support for the coal industry keeps its costs down as it competes against cleaner energy

4) It's wrong
- we know that coal should be left in the ground, for our own good
- resources are much better spent on developing green technologies which must be our future if we are to survive as a civilization

So keep the liquid waste out of our waste management systems, because it doesn't do us any good.
3/27/2015ginagrahamDogwood InitiativeSurrey, BCCoal Waste- our health is at stake
- the enviroment would be destroyed
- I've been to China, its beautiful minus the pollution. Surrey is beautiful we don't need more pollution. I love the greenery we don't need more grey in the scenery. Our water needs to be cle
3/27/2015ginagrahamDogwood InitiativeSurrey, BCCoal Waste- our health is at stake
- the enviroment would be destroyed
- I've been to China, its beautiful minus the pollution. Surrey is beautiful we don't need more pollution. I love the greenery we don't need more grey in the scenery. Our water needs to be cle
3/27/2015JPMorsonDogwood InitiativeRichmond Hillkeep unknown wate outUnless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health
3/27/2015CariMillerDogwood InitiativeVancouverRE: Where is the vision, whose interests are our leaders looking out for?- my children and their children and their grandchildren need healthy oceans in order to thrive
- these types of short term gains are far to short sighted and we need to invest our precious resources in sustainable, long-term energy products that give ba
3/27/2015NormaPereDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterNo to Fraser Surrey Docks sewage permitwe don’t even know what would be in the sludge. U.S. thermal coal is sprayed with chemical surfactants to reduce dust. U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons that would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved. These toxins could threaten public health, salmon and the environment.
3/27/2015AnnetteHortonDogwood InitiativeVancouverAlarm over U.S. coal wastewater1 Unknown amounts of undisclosed harmful toxins... too much secrecy.
2 Public gets no benefits.
3 Fraser River Salmon put in peril.
4 This is U.S. coal not even Canadian.
5 Coal is outdated.
6 Why is U.S. not exporting its' own coal? Well for the same reason Canada shouldn't do its dirty work.
I made it brief for you. Thanks.
3/27/2015HeatherHiebertDogwood InitiativeBurnabyDeny Fraser Surrey Docks a Liquid Waste PermitAs a young adult, I like ved on Tsawwassen Beach near the coal depot at Roberts Bank. We were constantly subjected to coal dust particles; whenever the wind blew it coated the exterior of our house with dust. Interestingly all of the surviving members of my family have either some form of dust allergy, asthma or COPD -- could it be related?

Now Fraser Surrey Docks wants to partner with US coal companies to transport their product through Metro Vancouver, dumping wastewater into our sewer system. Metro Vancouver has the best water in the whole world, straight from the tap. US coal is laced with toxic metals and carcinogenic chemical surfectants that there is no sure way of knowing can be filtered out by our current treatment facilities. Unless the FSD fully disclose information concerning how much of these toxins will be contained in parts per million within the wastewater, and Metro Vancouver's Sewage Control Manager can personally guarantee our environment and health will not be compromised in any way by this proposal, Mr McGillivray has a responsibility to the citizens of Metro Vancouver to deny the permit.
3/27/2015JoTurnerDogwood InitiativeVancouverNO COAL THROUGH SURREY-FRASER DOCKS!- Potential contamination of the Fraser River.
- dust
- Why are we allowing U.S. coal companies to possibly pollute our waterways, air and land????
3/27/2015LingHwangdeltaFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit application.I am writing to express deep concern with the application to discharge the waste water from the coal processing/washing process proposed I have lived in Delta for the past 40 years and have been quite happy for others to take up the cause for a cleaner environment but will be happy to join the cause to campaign for a cleaner, more non polluting environment.

I am oppose to the waste discharge permit application for the following reasons:

1: Coal contains toxic metals that even after pre-treating of waste water, will have metal contents that exceed allowed maximums.

2: We are not certain of what the consequences are/will be of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAC's) entering our water system and to waht extent they can be treated.

3: I am an avid crab fisherman and routinely wade after these crustaceans using hip waders during the allowed season. I am concerned that the crabs that I harvest from our local waters will be contaminated if this coal waste discharge is allowed to take place.

4: Known poisons that exist in DUSTRECCH DC 6109, one of the chemicals used to control coal dust will leach into the environment
3/27/2015AnonymousnoneDeltaSiting of proposed coal shipping operationsI submit that the overall problems associated with the currently proposed shipment of Wyoming coal through new terminal and transshipment facilities at Fraser Surrey Docks and at Texada Island can be dealt with by suggesting to our American friends that a less hazardous and probably less costly alternative exists, i.e. by siting a coal terminal at or near Prince Rupert.

Aside from the health and environmental problems clearly inherent in the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal, to say nothing of the effects felt by residents of White Rock and Crescent Beach, moving the operation to Prince Rupert would eliminate the need to deepen the Fraser River as well as the need for the insanely costly bridge replacing the Massey Tunnel.
3/27/2015AnonymousSurrey Historical SocietySurrey, BCSurrey Docks’ liquid waste permit applicationMy concern is based on a number of points. Fraser Docks must be very specific as to the contaminants in the waste water so that Metro Sewage District understands the extent of the contaminants to be removed as well as the volumes involved. Secondly, how much is Fraser Docks being charged by volume. Will this cover the cost of processing without placing costs on the taxpayers of Metro Vancouver. Thirdly, the processed water is disposed of into the Fraser River. What impact will that have on water quality in the Fraser which in turn impact the fishery, the waterfronts and local beaches impacted by the Fraser runoff? Can the carcinogens within the waste be removed before disposal into the Fraser? How is the solid waste to be disposed of.

These questions and many others need to be addressed before any discharge permit is awarded.

Jack Brown
3/27/2015scottworsleynorth deltawaste dischargeIam against any waste water from fraser surrey docks discharge .any waste water needs to be collected and sent for treatment off site.
3/27/2015AnonymousNorth VancouverNo additional contaminants in Vancouver's sewage systemI am writing to comment on the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal to dispose of coal-contaminated waste water to Metro Vancouver's sewage system.
I would urge you to reject this proposal for the following reasons:

1) Coal dust is a significant pollutant, with harmful effects on fish and wildlife

2) In heavy flow conditions, the Metro Vancouver sewage system has, at times, had to discharge untreated waste-water into the environment. The impact of such unforeseen discharges on fish and wildlife would be increased if that water is contaminated with coal dust.

3) Trends in modern sewage handling processes all tend towards bio-gas and bio-thermal generation, composting, and the generation of other useful products from the sewage stream. It would be ill-advised to permit coal dust contamination in the sewage stream without knowing what effect that may have on future innovations and revenue generation opportunities from that stream.

4) Modern treatment technologies generally rely on screening and aeration. While I am no expert, I can see that neither of these treatments will be effective at removing coal dust from the waste stream. That means that either that coal dust will be released into the environment with the treated water, or that additional costs will be borne by Metro Vancouver to remove this contaminant.

Fraser Surrey Docks should not be able to use the Metro Vancouver sewage system to dump their waste. The potential for environmental effects and/or extra costs for the region's tax payers is too high. While FSD stands to benefit from such an arrangement, I fail to see how the taxpayers, citizens, and the fish and wildlife we share the region with will benefit in any way.

thank you for your attention to these matters.
3/27/2015AnonymousPort CoquitlamFraser Surrey DocksWithout a lot a more research and answers to several questions I do not agree with allowing the application to allow the disposal of liquid waste into Fraser Surrey Docks. It appears that with the high level of nitrogen and metal waste it will pose a great danger to our health and the environment.
3/27/2015AnonymousCommunities and CoalLangleyLiquid Waste PermitsI'm writing to express my concern over Fraser Surrey Docks application to dump waste water that will be produced during the treatment of US Thermal coal being transported to its facility near the Fraser River.

Coal contains several toxic metals and the Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) lab analysis suggests that even after the pre-treating of the waste water, metal counts may exceed concentration maximums. This ambiguity is unacceptable if it has the potential of jeopardizing fish and wildlife on the Fraser River as well as the communities that rely on the river.

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are endocrine disrupting chemicals contained within coal, and Environment Canada lists them as toxic substances. What are the consequences of PAHs within our water system and to what extent can they be treated? An independent environmental assessment regarding the potential for leaking PAHs into the Fraser River is necessary.

FSD says that the coal will be treated with Body, Binding, and Topper Agents at the start of the journey in Wyoming/Montana, as well as at the Fraser Surrey Docks facility. One of the chemicals which may be used at some point along the route is the known carcinogen DUSTREAT DC6109. Fraser Surrey Docks does not make it 100% clear which substances will be used and therefore, cannot say with 100% certainty that these substances will not harm our water systems and those who rely upon it. They also neglect to mentioned how they intend to pre-treat the water laced with these substances. Once again, ambiguity on the part of FSD is unacceptable. Clearly stated, science-based objectives and outcomes are required before this application should be considered.

FSD mentions that Chitosan is to be considered as a flocculant for removal of suspended solids but due to its high nitrogen content, it may have a deleterious impact on the environment. They do not address this in their application. Overall, I would like to see FSD provide Metro Vancouver with transparent scientific data that supports how they will process US thermal coal in a way that does not harm our waterways, our air, fish and wildlife or humans. Anything short of that is not acceptable to me.
3/27/2015AnonymousSpokaneWastewater from coalI would encourage you not to accept wastewater from the coal facility. Coal contains lots of heavy metal and other pollutants. Why pollute your precious water? Sincerely, Lois Johnston
3/27/2015AnonymousNew WestminsterFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationI am in favour of the application. There is a statement that "If the permit is approved, the water would be pre-treated on site and released into the Metro sewer system." - there should be detailed requirements for the quality of the discharge water coming out of the pre-treatment process.
3/27/2015JennyShawSecheltPermit applicationOur water is far too precious to contaminate - please deny the permit,
3/27/2015MarionJolicoeurRoberts CreekFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationMy concern is that not enough is understood about the long-term effects of these pollutants re-entering the environment.
3/27/2015JimFoulkesGreen Timbers Heritage SocietySURREYCoal trains through BCBeyond the enormous increase in rail use, the simple common denominator in all the controversy, is the coal dust.
Multiplying the number of carloads, multiplies the amount of dust spread along the route. Testimony is clear, dust
particles and contaminants are seen escaping the minimally treated loads.
Here is my point - cover the cars, seal them air tight. Surely in the 21st century we have the technology to do this AND
then : No dust to cause health issues
No rainwater collecting in the cars or sealant chemicals to TREAT ( as per their application)

The arguement against this application should be made that part of the profits from the sale of the massive amounts of coal being shipped can
and should be used to cover the coal in the first place, and pay for their OWN treatment facility, equal to tertiary sewer treatment.
For years we, the local taxpayers, have struggled to pay for OUR overstressed sewage treatment facilities. The business plan for
the coal exporters should and must include the costs for THEIR environmental responsibility
3/26/2015EricDruceDogwood InitiativeSurreyJust Say No!I think that importing toxic materials into my city, province, and country to facilitate the degradation of the world's climate is very poor science and long term economics!
3/26/2015KathleenEmersonDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray - you are in a unique and powerful position to act upon a significant decision with considerable consequences, both short and long-term. Please carefully examine the available information and weigh the 'costs' of awarding such a permit. The threat to our population health and the local environment is not worth the trade-off.

Our marine creatures are already fighting for their lives on multiple fronts, this is an opportunity to do something positive for this 'battleground' and help preserve our coastal fishing industry.
3/26/2015LisaDavisDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease do not approve Fraser Surrey Docks for handling US CoalPlease do not approve this plan to allow US coal to be shipped overseas from Surrey. Why should Canadians take on the environmental issues of another country. I doesn't seem to me that any of the environmental concerns have been addressed. So please don't approve this plan.
3/26/2015DougMcCorquodaleDogwood InitiativeVancouverStop coal shipping on the FraserI can't believe you want this as your legacy that you contributed to an ecological disaster - that will happen if you issue a waste water permit.

A disaster will happen if you okay the permit!. Look around any coal loading station - nothing lives. Loading coal in the middle of the largest salmon spawning river route in the world is complete madness.

You can be a hero if you refuse to issue the permit. Coal has many toxic chemicals and heavy metals. In addition the chemical spray on coal to keep the dust down which very often does not work is a very big health concern which we do not need in our wastewater system.

Any system set up to protect us will eventually fail. There is no proof of a fail safe system. The best system is to not have it in the middle of a salmon stream like the Fraser.

Please, please do not issue the permit that would allow coal to be loaded in the Fraser River.
3/26/2015ArielRossDogwood InitiativeDeltaDeny the Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksGiven the fact that Metro Vancouver residents and decision makers are unable to know with certainty that all pollution in the wastewater can be filtered out before it is linked into the public system, we must err on the side of caution.

This discharge could be a threat to public health and to the environment surrounding Fraser Surrey Docks. For an American commodity which provides very little by way of benefit to British Columbians but a whole host of potential costs to public health and our environment, it is not worth the risk to our communities.

Please deny the wastewater permit at the Fraser Surrey Docks.
3/26/2015CathyMortonDogwood InitiativeBurnabyFraser Surrey Docks sewage permitHello,

I am writing to express my opposition to the sewage permit being requested by Fraser Surrey Docks.

I am concerned that the wastewater from coal might contain environmental toxins and human carcinogens, and that the wastewater treatment plant may not be able to filter out all the pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. I am afraid that coal wastewater could threaten public health, salmon and the environment.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
3/26/2015AndyKeirDogwood InitiativeThetis IslandDeny a liquid waste permit for Surrey Docks1. Our coastal environment is becoming a battleground in which corporate interests seek to profit at the possible expense of our environment. Sludge from washing coal contains an unknown amount of unknown chemicals which may well do great harm if flushed into the Fraser River and the Strait of Georgia.
2. This coal, like the dirty oil others are trying to foist on our coast, will only contribute to global warming and as a society we've got to start reducing the use of these resources and move to cleaner energy. This will not happen if we continue to use these dirty fuels. We should be trying to get away from their use rather than encouraging them.
3/26/2015JordanSoetDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksI'm writing to request that you deny the waste water permit that Fraser Surrey Docks has applied for. This permit would allow them to flush waste water including many chemicals that we do not know the effects of. This permit should not go forward until the proponent has fully listed the chemicals that could be washed into our oceans and an environmental study has been done to show that this will not have any hazardous effect on our local waterways and the animals within them.
3/26/2015DianneVargaKelownaFraser Surrey Docks’ liquid waste permit applicationI am no expert in wastewater management. However, in this era of public focus on dwindling water resources and smart water management, it does not seem credible to me that coal-laden wastewater could be safely disposed by discharging it into Metro Vancouver’s sewage system. Scientific assessment of the implications of the proposed discharge is an absolute requirement before any decision is made on the Fraser Surrey Docks discharge permit application, and public health and the safety of the environment must be assured if the application is to be approved.
3/26/2015Anonymouscommunities and coalSurreywaste dischargeUnless our communities have experienced some form of mass hysteria, it should be obvious to the corporate management of the port that many people, and the municipalities that represent them, have grave concerns about every aspect of thermal coal transportation. What is particularly surprising is how little the port has been prepared to do in engaging those people, and those communities in any meaningful way. Nothing that the Port has said or done inspires any confidence or engenders any trust.
3/26/2015AnonymousDelta, BCContaminated WasteDear Sirs,

I live very near to the BNSF Rail Track that is being used to transport coal to the Surrey Docks. My Wife and I have noticed a significant increase in coal dust that seems to cling to the paintwork and roof of our home. Furthermore, it has come to my attention that The Port Authority has applied to wash the residue from the dust retardant into our sewer network. As I see it, we are 1) Importing known carcinogens into our community. 2) Being asked to treat waste liquids which include dangerous Chemicals and heavy metals. These will eventually end up back in our own water system.
3) Perpetuating and abetting in the global use of a product that is known to significantly impact global warming.

In my view this is totally irresponsible and is a typical case of Capitalism at any cost.

Sincerely,

Dave Berry
3/26/2015JennyKrizakReal Hearings.orgSurreyToxic waste from US coalThis has gone from bad, to worse, to off the charts, of corporations gone wild. What distorted thinking could even consider such a proposal.
Recently the Lower Nicola Indian Band was in the news protesting sewage sludge dumping on their heritage land. I wrote an email of support to them for speaking out (yelling out) against this atrocity and I expect they received even more support from others.
What so many people don't realize is that this sewage sludge from treatment plants is being spread on farmers fields, along with all of its inherent poisons. The entire issue of sewage waste being applied to farm lands is beyond vile. It is toxic and contains innumerable residues of heavy metals, pharmaceuticals; anything and everything that goes down the sewers, including hospital and medical waste. If Canadians knew that the food they eat comes from such lands, I should hope they would all be searching out “certified organics” where such practices are not allowed.
Now the minority, and I stress "minority" of individuals who would stand to benefit, are considering adding wastewater from treated U.S. coal to be added to the toxic slurry? This is coal that no residents of this area wanted in the first place. I would like to suggest that a compulsory psychological assessment be mandated to all those at Fraser Surrey Docks who believe this is a solid and ethical plan.
Obviously, those of us who care about quality of life for ourselves, our families, and all people, feel very passionate about the never-ending environmental issues that continue to come at us from every spectrum of Industry. Why must we fight so hard for what is basic common sense.

Mr. McGillivray, will you join us and just say "NO... take your toxic pollution home and put it on your own backyard". Or better still, instead of being enablers of destructive corporations, let us utilize developing technologies towards cleaner sources of energy that do not come with such a hefty toll on human health.
3/26/2015estherjohnsonsurreywaste disposalI'm concerned re- salmon entering and leaving the Fraser with more contaminates . the adults can withstand a lot more than the young coming down but still they are impacted .

As a member of the public, the fish ,in my view are needed for all our welfare more than the revenues of coal export. esther
3/26/2015ElsieDeanBurnabyPermit to Fraser Surrey Docks application for a waste water permitPlease do no issue this permit to FSD to dump their coal-laden waste into waste discharge system. There does not appear to be and certainty that this will not pollute the area with toxic chemicals, endangering human and animal health.

Do not facilitate bringing this polluting coal into our city.
3/26/2015FrankBarazzuolNorth Vancouver, BCSurrey Fraser Docks discharge permit applicationDealing with coal in this time of climate change would seem to be dealing with a product whose time is over. Dealing with some of the harmful by-products of coal, such as the harmful dust/solids waste water by releasing it into the sewer system is simply irresponsible and totally unacceptable.
We humans are already dealing with enough harmful substances in our environment, without having more added.

I beg you strongly - please do not allow this discharge application. Think of your children and my children and the messed up environment we have already left them - do we need to add to that?
3/26/2015AnnZahradnikDelta, BCFraser Surrey Docks proposed misuse of sewer systemThis is a total outrage to pass the expenses of US coal onto BC cicizens! This coal is too soft to be allowed to be exported from any US port and they are trying to push it onto us. I was at a hearing in North Delta presented to Delta Council and the representative from Fraser Surrey Docks actually said to Delta Council that the reason they were shipping it through Canada was because the population was so low! They had so many US citizens against it at so many porposed sites on the Washington and Oregon Coasts that they decided to dump it in us! The health of Canadians (including school children!) all along the tracks is being disrespected! We are being disrespected and now we are to be abused by using our tax-payer funded sewage system to underwrite their substandard coal. Absolutely not! Our health care will be paying for BC children's lifetime burden of asthma due to the tracks being so close to so many schools all along the route, plus the diesel exhaust gases and particulates from the multiple engines they use, running all with US workers, not Canadians employed by the railroads.! No and NO again.
3/26/2015LarryColeroCommunities and CoalWhite RockAssessing the UnknownsI suggest Metro Vancouver pay close attention to the unknowns when considering the Fraser Surrey Docks application for a Liquid Waste Permit.
We've seen blatant omissions and a general lack of substance in Port Metro Vancouver's assessments for their plan to transport thermal coal, and I would expect the same from Fraser Surrey Docks in their supporting role. The onus to prove safety should be on the proponents.

Can we ever know with certainty what the impacts of the wastewater will be on local waterways and beyond? No. Can we prove the harmful effects or measure the extent of harm? That's extremely difficult, and it's why I urge you to apply the precautionary principle in your deliberations by considering not just the information presented to you by the proponent, but also a range of more objective information from scientific and regulatory bodies. The prudent thing for Metro Vancouver to do is to assess a range of possible risks with a bias towards preserving public health and safety as well as protecting the environment.

Another reason to apply the precautionary principle in favour of declining the FSD application is that the residents and environs of Metro Vancouver have much to lose from the pollution this project may cause. Health and environmental impacts, especially when combined with pollutants from other sources, may well be pervasive and long-lasting, if not irreversible. On the other hand, if declining this application hinders or even prevents the shipping of American thermal coal to Asia via Vancouver, there will be negligible negative impact on those Metro Vancouver exists to serve.

I have great respect for Metro Vancouver, and trust you will make the right decision. Thank you for allowing public comment.
3/26/2015AnonymousSurreyCoal and Fraser Surrey Docks proposalI believe this proposal if approved could be detrimental to human health and safety.

Toxic metal is contained in coal and lab analysis show that even when pre-treated the waste water will have metal counts that can exceed maximum concentration.

Environment Canada lists the PAHs as toxic substances and the consequences to our water system are unknown and potentially dangerous. The chemical treatments that the coal will undergo are not known. One of the chemical treatments that may be used is DUSTREAT DC6109 which is a known carcinogenic. Fraser Surrey Docks has not indicated what will be used and there is no way to know that the treatments will be safe - therefore the potential for our water to be laced with dangerous chemical substances is high.

Fraser Surrey Docks mentions 'Chitosan' and this has a high nitrogen content that may have a negative effect on the environment.
More information is needed to ensure that the pH values of contaminated water will not be an issue.

I believe the proposal should be declined.
3/26/2015AnonymousDeltaWaste discharge permit applicationIf US cities do not want to ship out their own thermal coal for reasons of public health and environmental damage, I think it is terrible that you would put the health of Canadian citizens at risk,be willing to pollute out land and endanger the salmon that travels up the Fraser river. Please make the responsible decision!
3/26/2015AnonymousSurreyLiquid Waste applicationSTOP trying to kill our wonderland Burns Bog, The Fraser River and everything around it. Give the US back all their garbage.
3/26/2015AnonymousSurreyDumping industrial waste into public sewer system.Dangerous industrial runoff should be treated separately from household sewer waste and the costs should be borne by the polluter. Thanks for your consideration, Pat O'Connor
3/26/2015AnonymousSurreySewer Use Bylaw 299I strongly object to the Fraser Surrey Docks application to use the Metro Vancouver sewage system to dispose of coal waste water discharge because I believe this poses a threat to human health and safety and a threat to the environment. The coal being proposed for shipment from Fraser Surrey Docks contains toxic metals and chemicals that should never be allowed into our waste water system.
Please deny this liquid waste permit application - Thank you!
3/26/2015AnonymousRichmondFSD Coal Loading Facility ExpansionI think that we should be certain that the effluent (waste water) is treated with a non-toxic chemical and also a non-carcinogenic one. Also, we should be certain that the levels of chemicals and other effluent released should not pollute our waters to the extent that our health or environment is endangered in any way, . This is most important in keeping the city of Vancouver and environs liveable. Port cities always have to weigh these matters. We are part of the Pacific flyway for birds and have resident whales who need to live in the water surrounding our city. We ourselves need to have a healthy environment to thrive, and not to pollute our cities in the way that many Asian cities are.
3/26/2015ISaramaGibsonsCoal in sewagePermitting coal dust particulate into sewage is completely unacceptable. The continued transport and burning of thermal coal is completely unacceptable. We do not need this. This is 2015, not 1815. Please move beyond these destructive methods of producing energy, there are plenty of viable and practical sustainable alternatives. There will be more jobs from these sustainable technologies than from these destructive and archaic 19th century industrial methods.
3/26/2015Anonymous0White RockLiquid Waste Permit for FSDFraser Surrey Docks must not be given a sewage permit.
The thermal coal being processed has toxic heavy metals.
The mercury in is this type of coal is being linked to environmental damage around the world.
Other jurisdictions are stopping this kind of energy.
Yet, we are continuing on blindly handling it as though none of this change is happening.
I need not tell you that adding contaminants to our waste water system is just plain reckless.
3/26/2015AnonymousDeltaFraser Surrey Docks ProposalI am totally against this proposal. Please use your uncommon sense turn this down. FSD has ignored all concerns and this deal was done long before any public process was even initiated. I first learned of this proposal from a colleague who works for the longshoremen. The equipment as ordered and being delivered long before the public was even made aware.

They are now asking for the right to allow polluted offal to enter the liquid waste stream on a mass scale. This issues should not even be considered, stop this now please and put some faith back in public consultation.

Regards
3/26/2015AnonymousSurreyJust Say, "NO!"After having this toxic coal port foisted on us undemocratically, we are now being blackmailed into allowing this potentially harmful waste into our system...OR...just dumping it into the Fraser River! Coal is the dirtiest fuel on Earth, so much so that other economies are moving away from it rapidly. Why are we enabling this madness in our own backyard??
3/26/2015LornaKlohnSurreyThe Fraser Surrey Docks proposalThe questions rised by Burns Bog Assn are valid and pertinent. I myself am not comfortable with the knowledge that er are exporting such an envirnment damaging substance such as coal. We don't use it because of the harm burning it causes. But that is a separate issue. Please don't allow the pouring of contaminated substances into our groundwater.
I am in El Salvador at the moment and can see the environmental damage being bldone byall kinds of pollutants. We in Canada have the means not to do this.
3/26/2015AnonymousPowell RiverSurrey Docks Waste DischargeThe ocean is acidifying, the baby oysters are dying, starfish are dissolving and you would like to dump toxic coal into our waterways? This is outrageous and must be stopped immediately! When will the health of our planet, ourselves and all the species on this planet take priority over and above anything that will harm it?
3/26/2015DougHopwoodQualicum BeachFSD Coal Dust in Metro sewersHello

I am opposed to FSD's application tot dispose of water contaminated with coal dust through the Metro Vancouver sewer system. Although I no longer live within the GVRD area, I still live on the shores of the Salish Sea,and I do not want this form of pollution entering our already stressed marine ecosystems.

thank you,

Doug Hopwood
3/26/2015KatherineMaasVictoriaWastewater disposalI am concerned about the proposal to discharge coal-contaminated wastewater into the Metro Vancouver sewage system. I am basing my concerns on what I have read in the media generally and most specifically on the detailed letter submitted by Ecojustice to Grant McGillivray on behalf of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (“TACC) and Communities and Coal (C&C). My concerns echo those expressed in this letter, namely:

VTACC and C&C believe that there are a number of serious deficiencies in the Application that must be remedied before a permit is issued, including:
• the shortcomings of the Coal Water Analysis with regard to pH, TSS, exposure timeframe, chemical topper agents, and suitability of the coal surrogate;
• outstanding questions about the temporary nature of the applied for permit;
• concerns over FSD’s challenge to Metro’s jurisdiction; and
• the suitability of Metro’s wastewater treatment plants in treating the likely types of effluent.

Should Metro proceed to issue the permit, ideally once these deficiencies have been remedied, VTACC and C&C suggest the following conditions:
• the permit should establish time intervals at which the secondary and primary settling cells, as well as the dumper area settling pond should be cleaned out;
• the permit should specify the type or types of coal FSD is permitted to utilize given that the assumption that no Restricted Waste will be discharged is based on a specific type of coal;
• given the uncertainties identified by VTACC and C&C, and the distinct possibility of contamination with chemicals identified in Schedule B of the Bylaw, monitoring of the discharge should be undertaken for all of the compounds set out in Schedule B to ensure that the Project is compliant with the Bylaw; and
• given that the Application also envisions variability in the volume of discharge depending on precipitation levels, weekly monitoring should be undertaken.
3/26/2015AnonymousBurnabycoal run off to metro sewer systemI am opposed to the Fraser Surrey Docks proposal to use the Metro Vancouver Sewer system to dispose of coal dust laden overflow. The environmental damage of this proposal and of the Fraser Surrey Docks allowing importation and stockpiling of this coal has not been fairly assessed. Allowing coal dust laden run off to be invisibly moved out to the Georgia Strait will only make matters worse. Please reject this application by Fraser Surrey Docks.
3/26/2015garthowensurreyDirty CoalPROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE IS NOT RIGHT
3/26/2015LesleyClarkLasquetiCoal dust in waste dischargeWhy are we allowing American coal discharge with its heavy metals into our sewers? This American coal shipping through our country makes no sense.
3/26/2015MichaelGarySelect...WoodlandCoal export is a bad idea.Increasing waste water into the Salih Sea is a really bad idea.
The oceans are already polluted enough.
Fish populations are already too low for many species.
This waste water will only make water quality worse in the proposed area.
China is moving away from coal use like many other countries.
This is not needed or wanted by a large majority of Canadian and American citizens.
3/26/2015AnonymousPortlandFraser Surrey Docks proposalPlease consider our environment and the condition in which we will leave. it for future generations. I am concerned about the impact FSD will have on our water. Clean water is essential to life. There is significant concern that this proposal will cause harm to both our environment and to our health and that of future generations. Please do not let the enticement of gaining a few dollars now impact your judgement.
3/26/2015AnonymousBurnabyRefuse permit from SFD to pump coal waste water into Vancouver sewer systemI ask that the City of Vancouver firmly refuse to allow Surrey Fraser Docks to pump water from their proposed coal handling facility into Vancouver's
sewage system. Vancouver would thus assume all liability and responsibility for polluting the Straight of Georgia with said (coal) waste water.
3/26/2015AnonymousWest VancouverFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationPlease keep coal and coal dust out of our sewer systems. This project is unnecessary and dangerous to the environment of Greater Vancouver and of the whole world by contributing to climate change.
3/26/2015SusanQuippVictoriaWastewater permit Surrey Fraser docksIn short, my comment is a resounding NO. I'm not going to waste my time enumerating the reasons, which are abundantly clear to anyone who does not benefit financially from this completely demented plan, ie not being paid off by industry or blinded by neo liberal politics. Please, wake up and think of your children and grandchildren, Mother Earth and all her creatures and plant life that need clean air and water. We cannot continue on this destructive, polluting, insane path ANY longer. Please, I'm getting very tired of writing this kind of letter to public officials who should know better than to even consider something this bad.
Susan Quipp
3/26/2015JaredHoweSeattleFraser Surrey Docks Waste Water Permit ApplicationCoal contains a number of toxic metals and lab analysis suggests that even after the pre-treating of the waste water, metal counts may exceed concentration maximums.

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are endocrine disrupting chemicals contained within coal. Environment Canada Lists them as toxic substances. What are the consequences of PAHs within our water system and to what extent can they be treated?

The coal will be treated with Body, Binding, and Topper Agents at the start its journey in Wyoming/Montana, and again at the Fraser Surrey Docks facility. One of the chemicals which may be used at some point in the journey is DUSTREAT DC6109 which contains a known carcinogen.

Fraser Surrey Docks does not make it clear which substances will be used and cannot say with certainty that these substances will not harm our water systems. They also neglect to mentioned how they intend to pre-treat the water laced with these substances.

Fraser Surrey Docks mentions that Chitosan is to be considered as a flocculant for removal of suspended solids but due to its high nitrogen content, it may have a deleterious impact on the environment. They do not address this in their application.

More information is needed to ensure that pH values of contaminated water will not be an issue.

Therefore with so many unknowns and potential environmental and health concerns fraser surrey docks should NOT be given a waste water permit until all the above are addressed and they can ensure all contaminants via proper studies will NOT harm or exceed maximum toxic levels.
3/26/2015patriciakealyWhite RockWaste discharge permit applicationThis coal operation will generate a massive amount of discharge to a sewer system. I believe it will have an impact on the environment.
3/26/2015AnonymousCitizenMission, BCSub-Bitumous Thermal Coal is prone to spontaeneous combustion when conveyed/handled releaseing toxic fumes and gases that contain oxides of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium and Mercury dI believe that all corporate entites and public regulatory bodies that are promoting and/or facilitating the shipment of this Powder River Basin: Sub-Bitumous Thermal Coal via the Fraser-Surrey Docks are setting themselves up for many Liability and Damage Claim-lawsuits. When the first shipments begin and the first time that this coal begins to smolder and burn and chokes the local businesses and residents with the stinking, foul and toxic fumes and smoke is when the city halls of Surrey and Delta and offices of the Fraser-Surrey Docks, Metro-Vancouver and Port Metro Vancouver will get their respective reality checks. Also, the port workers will have something to say about their exposure to these toxic fumes and gases as well as the many people employed in the various industrial operations along the Fraser River waterfront and the residents on the North side of the river at the Westminster Quay! So Knock yourselves out Fraser-Surrey Docks, Port Metro and Metro Vancouver on this latest coal export proposal, but all I can say is take notice and have your legal teams at the ready and dig deep into your respective treasure chests to pay for the lawsuits and damage-claim payouts that are sure to follow!
As for the waste-water permits, I believe that while they are a license to kill the Fraser River with this toxic soup of a dischrge, I think that once the first injunction/cease and disist order is granted by the BC Courts against the F-S Docks, these waste-water permits will become rather redundant and moot!
For what it's worth,
Michael: Jefferson.
Mission, B.C.
3/26/2015AnonymousSURREYWaste dischargeWhy are you endangering the health of the citizens of Surrey?
3/25/2015CarolHubeleDogwood InitiativeCalgaryNo to coal waster in Vancouver's sewers.Rushing this plan through is a terrible idea since the toxic metals in the thermal coal may not be properly treated and may end up in the river and our food chain. Also since the chemicals used to keep the coal dust down have not been disclosed, it is extremely risky to consider moving them through the area and have them also end up in the waste water, and into our environment and the food chain. There are to many unknowns and dangers to the publics safety, for this to take place. Please DO NOT allow this to happen!
3/25/2015MarieJeanneLeducDogwood InitiativeSalaberry-de-valleyfieldU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metalsDesperate U.S. coal companies want a free ride through B.C. to get their toxic product to Asian markets. They’ve teamed up with Fraser Surrey Docks to push through a coal shipping proposal and their next step is getting permission to spew dirty wastewater from the proposed coal port into our public sewer system.
3/25/2015ChristinaFarmiloDogwood InitiativeMayne IslandExtreme burden on public sewersMr McGillivray - Shipping US coal out of the port is a bad idea to begin with, [no US port is willing to do it!] and now the information that extremely toxic laden waste water will be flushed through the local sewer systems makes it an even worse proposal. Coal waste water is full of toxins, that threaten local fish stocks, the Fraser River health, ocean waterways surrounding Vancouver and neighbouring communities in the Gulf Islands & beyond. The coal gets sprayed with 'surfacants'- more poisons to reduce human and other species' health. This is a short-sighted proposal; we don't know if the sewage treatment available deals adequately with this added burden of extremely toxic waste. And for how long? And who pays for the clean-up when the whole mess degrades? Rethhink the proposal please! Don't issue Fraser Surry Docks a permit to dump their toxic wastewater in the public sewer system--or anywhere else!
3/25/2015SamanthaRiveraDogwood InitiativeVancouverTo Deny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.We should all be caring for the environment above all else. Granting this permit opposes this.
3/25/2015DeemsO'NealDogwood InitiativeSURREYCoal waste water from Surrey DocksOur sensitive marine ecology should not be put at risk from any discharge of water used by Surrey Docks to mitigate coal dust at their proposed coal terminal. Please do not grant a permit allowing this potentially dangerous addition to our delicate estuary environment.
3/25/2015MarilynGoodeDogwood InitiativeVictoriaUS Coal Out of BCThis is such a bad idea all around. Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet and now you want to pump its waste through the sewer system in Vancouver, are you crazy?? They banned coal from Washington State and BC greets them with open arms:-( We SHOULD NOT be shipping coal anywhere. I have been in Hong Kong when the coal fired factories are all operating in China and the air is foul!! Beijing is a polluted mess as are other big Chinese cities. We would be contributing to the Carbon being released into the atmoshpere and Climate Change! It's a BAD IDEA all around. Please STOP this crazy idea and stop allowing COAL to be shipped from BC!!!!!!!
3/25/2015EdgarDahlDogwood InitiativeSalmon ArmDeny Liquid Waste Permit for Surrey DocksThis permit approval would allow disposal of unknown materials into the Fraser River where their effects are also unknown, but they aren't likely to be welcome in the water.
3/25/2015RickFoulgerDogwood InitiativeNelsonWaste Permit for Fraser DocksMetro Vancouver should deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser River Surrey Docks for obvious negative environmental reasons.
3/25/2015GillianHeningerDogwood InitiativeSecheltSafe Liquid Waste _ Fraser Surrey DocksOur water supply must be protected at all costs.
3/25/2015BonnyLeesDogwood InitiativeStrathmoreDeny permit to spew toxic waste into public sewersI cannot believe that any responsible government would even consider such a proposal.
Would you condone constituents pouring such things as paints, paint thinners, pesticides, gasoline or fuel oil into their sinks and toilets? You most certainly do not, as you are aware of the damaging effects such actions would cause to public health and to environmental systems.
If a fuel truck springs a leak in a crash, do you not call in Hazmat teams to do everything possible to contain any spill to keep it from reaching sewer and storm drain systems? You most certainly do, as you are aware of the health and environmental hazards posed should these chemicals reach these systems.
Fresh, clean and safe water is a precious and dwindling resource, and needs to be protected in every way possible. Permitting coal industry effluvium into city sewers, ultimately into the Fraser River, can cause irreversible damage, and is therefore too dangerous a risk.
3/25/2015GlowballWarming_ScamDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal is great, ship lots of it!This is a GREAT IDEA,

jobs for Canadians and electricity for other people.
3/25/2015DonnaSinclairDogwood InitiativeNorth Bay, ONNo US coal in Canadian sewersIt is never a good idea to contaminate water.. One of the most precious, and dwindling entities on our planet. Even from Eastern Canada, I can see its a bad idea to damage beautiful British Columbia. Why would anyone allow such a misguided enterprise in our nation?

I am sure I speak for many who travel to BC as tourists, and/or to visit family and friends. You have something wonderful. Not to be thrown away to serve corporate power.
3/25/2015DonnaSinclairDogwood InitiativeNorth Bay, ONNo US coal in Canadian sewersIt is never a good idea to contaminate water.. One of the most precious, and dwindling entities on our planet. Even from Eastern Canada, I can see its a bad idea to damage beautiful British Columbia. Why would anyone allow such a misguided enterprise in our nation?

I am sure I speak for many who travel to BC as tourists, and/or to visit family and friends. You have something wonderful. Not to be thrown away to serve corporate power.
3/25/2015LorisaSchouelaDogwood InitiativeVancouverSay no to F/S Dock wastewater permit1. Discharging toxic chemicals is a bad idea whether this brew is going into our municipal sewer system or directly into the Fraser River.

2. If the sewer system is overwhelmed and the heavy metals and grease are not properly removed, the remaining toxins would flow into the Fraser River impacting the fish and birds that depend on it.

3. Big gains for the multinational corporations and no gains for residents except added health and environmental costs.
3/25/2015DanJonesDogwood InitiativeMackenzieDon't destroy our water systems.This is a bad idea. Any time you give someone a way out that they can not just avoid responsibility they can just act as though there is no re-precautions for their actions. They need to be held accountable as well as being monitored to ensure the long term safety of the water supply. Water that goes into the sewage system at some point in time ends up back into public waterways and as coal byproducts can contain things not healthy to fish or plants and could potentially kill entirte streams or rivers off with the discharge.
3/25/2015MaeMooreDogwood InitiativePender IslandNo coal waste in our waters!With no guarantee that the wastewater treatment plant can filter out the toxins before discharging the water back into the Fraser River, this project should be a no-go. Coal wastewater could threaten people's livlihoods, endanger public health, contaminate important salmon stocks and further endanger the already critically listed Southern Resident Killer Whales.
3/25/2015RogerCavénDogwood InitiativeBurnabyCoal Dust in sewageThey should clean the coal and shipping at home in the USA instead of exporting the problem.
3/25/2015RichardSchoonDogwood InitiativeBurnabyThe environment our kids are going to be really hurt unless the environment becomes our top responsibility now!We will be left with a big dirty mess to clean up while the coal company will walk away with the profits. I don't want it.
3/25/2015LHazemiDogwood InitiativeSurreyprevent dirty wastewater from coal portPlease do not allow this proposal of allowing coal shipments from the US to be sent from Canadian ports. I work with students in Surrey and they all want to be environmentalists. Every child I have taught talks about how they want a clean world for their future.

You are the responsible adult who can show the children of Surrey that the adults of this world are looking out for their future and for the future of our water.
3/25/2015JuliaMacRaeDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal port ? no thanksI think the port of vancouver is already very over industrialized and is a threat to the natural environment around it. I am sure the good gfolks of Seattle have banned it for a reason, so why would we then accept it?
3/25/2015HeatherIvesDogwood InitiativeNelsonbe absolutely sureThat this will not endanger the ecosystem
and health for people animals.

Sounds like a bad idea and maybe money is the motivator?? hmmmm

love life and health are all we have

please use the system for intended purpose
the health of the municipality.

heather
3/25/2015DavidMillerDogwood Initiativevancouverliquid waste permitIt would be irresponsible to put unknown chemicals into waste water. Please request full disclosure of all chemicals and amounts of such chemicals that would be placed into waste water as part of a responsible relationship to the local environment and citizens of the area affected. Once this information is public you will be in a better position to render a transparent decision. I certainly understand that a healthy commerce is necessary to maintain our standard of living but I believe it is equally important to address, wherever possible, stressors on the environment.
3/25/2015JasonTockmanDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Fraser Surrey Docks' permit applicationCoal mining, transport, and burning is extremely dangerous to our community and the planet. We should be winding down the industry, rather than supporting it by giving it access to our public sewage system. I ask that you deny Fraser Surrey Docks' permit application for a coal port.
3/25/2015AnonymousVancouverLiquid waste disposal into Local waterThe liquid waste permit applciation raises a number of questions and concerns:

Coal contains a number of toxic metals and lab analysis suggests that even after the pre-treating of the waste water, metal counts may exceed concentration maximums.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are endocrine disrupting chemicals contained within coal. Environment Canada Lists them as toxic substances. What are the consequences of PAHs within our water system and to what extent can they be treated?
The coal will be treated with Body, Binding, and Topper Agents at the start its journey in Wyoming/Montana, and again at the Fraser Surrey Docks facility. One of the chemicals which may be used at some point in the journey is DUSTREAT DC6109 which contains a known carcinogen.
Fraser Surrey Docks does not make it clear which substances will be used and cannot say with certainty that these substances will not harm our water systems. They also neglect to mentioned how they intend to pre-treat the water laced with these substances.
Fraser Surrey Docks mentions that Chitosan is to be considered as a flocculant for removal of suspended solids but due to its high nitrogen content, it may have a deleterious impact on the environment. They do not address this in their application.
More information is needed to ensure that pH values of contaminated water will not be an issue.
3/25/2015CaroleAnnLeishmanCity of Powell River & Powell River Regional DistrictPowell RiverFSD waste discharge permitTo whom it may concern,
I have been following the process of Fraser Surrey Docks attempts to get approval for transhipping US thermal coal from the Powder River Basin through the Lower Mainland of BC via rail then via open barges through three Provincial Parks in the Straight of Georgia to Texada Island to be stock-piled near the beach and then loaded onto Panamax freighters to be shipped offshore for burning in coal plants in China adding to the extreme air quality issues they are suffering over there. The absurdity of this entire proposal is too much for words but then to add to the recipe that Fraser Surrey Docks now wants to dump their coal-residue-laden sludge full of heavy metals and unknown chemicals from the encapsulating spray into the Metro Vancouver sewer system seems like the icing on the cake! It leads me to imagine what they will come up with next to add to the utter nonsense that exists in the mentality behind this entire proposal. Will someone PLEASE take their blinders off and realize that with the price of coal crashing at the rate it is and all the social and political capital that this proposal does NOT have going for it, that this expansion of shipping US thermal coal through BC is dead in the water. Will someone PLEASE stand up who has some authority and pull the plug already!
Please do not grant a permit to Fraser Surrey Docks to dump coal sludge wastewater into Metro Vancouver's sewer system! This is the year 2015. Please let us start acting like it and quit entertaining complete nonsense like this application that should never have even made it to this stage. There is no way that the dumping of coal-laden wastewater into the sewer system is not going to affect the health of humans and the environment. PLEASE TURN DOWN THIS APPLICATION.
Thank you for your consideration,
CaroleAnn Leishman
Councillor, City of Powell River and
Director, Powell River Regional District
3/25/2015AnonymousvancouverFraser Surrey docks liquid waste permitthere appears to be a problem about what exactly is in the waste which will be dumped into our sewyer system and then into our oceans. Please do not dump hazardous materials into the environment without knowing exactly what the long term consequences will be.
3/25/2015AnonymousSurreyFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationCoal contains a number of toxic metals and lab analysis suggests that even after the pre-treating of the waste water, metal counts may exceed concentration maximums.
2.Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are endocrine disrupting chemicals contained within coal. Environment Canada Lists them as toxic substances. What are the consequences of PAHs within our water system and to what extent can they be treated?
3.The coal will be treated with Body, Binding, and Topper Agents at the start its journey in Wyoming/Montana, and again at the Fraser Surrey Docks facility. One of the chemicals which may be used at some point in the journey is DUSTREAT DC6109 which contains a known carcinogen.
4.Fraser Surrey Docks does not make it clear which substances will be used and cannot say with certainty that these substances will not harm our water systems. They also neglect to mentioned how they intend to pre-treat the water laced with these substances.
5.Fraser Surrey Docks mentions that Chitosan is to be considered as a flocculant for removal of suspended solids but due to its high nitrogen content, it may have a deleterious impact on the environment. They do not address this in their application.
6.More information is needed to ensure that pH values of contaminated water will not be an issue.
Therefore with so many unknowns and potential enviromental and health concerns fraser surrey docks should NOT be given a waste water permit until all the above are addressed and they can ensure all contaminants via proper studies will NOT harm or exceed maximium toxic levels.
3/25/2015AnonymousDeltaCoal effluentPlease do not let this abomination happen. It's bad enough having coal trains pass by just below our back garden.
3/25/2015AnonymousNew WestminsterFraser Surrey DocksWhy after all that we know about polluting our waterways, would you even consider this? It's disgraceful. You should all be fired from your jobs and should have to do community work. Like cleaning up our beautiful shorelines. You should be ashamed.
3/25/2015AnonymousvancouverFraser Surrey docks liquid waste permitthere appears to be a problem about what exactly is in the waste which will be dumped into our sewyer system and then into our oceans. Please do not dump hazardous materials into the environment without knowing exactly what the long term consequences will be.
3/25/2015AnonymousSurreyFraser Surrey Docks waste discharge permit applicationCoal contains a number of toxic metals and lab analysis suggests that even after the pre-treating of the waste water, metal counts may exceed concentration maximums.
2.Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are endocrine disrupting chemicals contained within coal. Environment Canada Lists them as toxic substances. What are the consequences of PAHs within our water system and to what extent can they be treated?
3.The coal will be treated with Body, Binding, and Topper Agents at the start its journey in Wyoming/Montana, and again at the Fraser Surrey Docks facility. One of the chemicals which may be used at some point in the journey is DUSTREAT DC6109 which contains a known carcinogen.
4.Fraser Surrey Docks does not make it clear which substances will be used and cannot say with certainty that these substances will not harm our water systems. They also neglect to mentioned how they intend to pre-treat the water laced with these substances.
5.Fraser Surrey Docks mentions that Chitosan is to be considered as a flocculant for removal of suspended solids but due to its high nitrogen content, it may have a deleterious impact on the environment. They do not address this in their application.
6.More information is needed to ensure that pH values of contaminated water will not be an issue.
Therefore with so many unknowns and potential enviromental and health concerns fraser surrey docks should NOT be given a waste water permit until all the above are addressed and they can ensure all contaminants via proper studies will NOT harm or exceed maximium toxic levels.
3/25/2015AnonymousDeltaCoal effluentPlease do not let this abomination happen. It's bad enough having coal trains pass by just below our back garden.
3/25/2015AnonymousNew WestminsterFraser Surrey DocksWhy after all that we know about polluting our waterways, would you even consider this? It's disgraceful. You should all be fired from your jobs and should have to do community work. Like cleaning up our beautiful shorelines. You should be ashamed.
3/25/2015AnonymousDELTAFRASER SURREY DOCKS WASTEWATERThere seems to be too much unknowns about the contents of the wastewater and its potential impacts upon the environment including human and other species' health. It is important to keep and follow the Precautionary Principle.
3/25/2015AnonymousCommunities and CoalSurreyFraser Surrey Docks’ Application for a Sanitary Sewer Waste Discharge PermitI request that Grant McGillivray, Metro’s Sewage Control Manager, decline the Fraser Surrey Docks' application for a Sanitary Sewer Waste Discharge Permit in the interest of protecting human health and and safety and the environment.

As you know, the Fraser Surrey Docks' (FSD) position relies almost entirely on its study and analysis of a specific coal and water solution (the “Coal Water Analysis”) set out at pages 7 and 8 and at Attachment 2 of their Application. A little research into the variables involved in this study should show Grant McGillivray the serious deficiencies and discrepancies between the Coal Water Analysis and the actual anticipated conditions regarding pH, TSS (Total Suspended Solids), the timeframe of exposure and the presence of chemical topper agents, along with the outstanding questions regarding the adequacy of surrogate coal. Thus FSD's position does not present enough true, useful and real world information to ensure that the actual waste water discharges from their facility will not exceed the amounts set out in Bylaw 299, Section 5.1, Schedule B. This is a major problem in the interest of protecting human health and safety and the environment.

This problem gets exponentially compounded when you consider volume. FSD notes that approximately 2 million tonnes of coal will be barged offsite in Year 1, with that number increasing to 4 million tonnes per year in Years 2 through 5. At some point in the future, FSD’s facilities will be capable of expanding operations to handle 8 million tonnes per year. That puts this decision, the one Grant McGillivray, Metro’s Sewage Control Manager, is gathering information on to make, one that could lead to a human health and safety and environmental catastrophe in the very near future.

Our waterways should be protected, for current residents and for future generations. The FSD application for Sanitary Sewer Waste Discharge Permit has to be declined with this in mind.

I make my comments on behalf of myself and my family (which includes a wife and newborn daughter); on behalf of other friends and family who call Metro Vancouver home (who may have made a statement in this forum but also who may not have, but whose voices are loud and with me nonetheless); and on behalf of the many volunteers, supporters and organizers of Communities and Coal.

Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion on this matter.
3/25/2015AnonymousWhite RockSurrey Docks' waste discharge permitThe arguments against approving this permit are well researched and documented, and I don't need to repeat them here. To those of you who are charged with making this decision, please use your common sense and deny this permit.
3/25/2015AnonymousnoneSurreyPermit for the Fraser Surrey DocksSeveral years ago I read the "Mighty River" by Richard C. Bocking in which he describes our iconic Fraser from its first droplets in the eastern mountains on down to the sea, including our history along its way. It is now very unsettling to think that our officials would consider approving a permit for the Fraser Surrey Port when there are so many uncertainties about the toxic materials left in the effluent even after sewage treatment. I implore the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Project Review Committee to delay the permit until more study and public hearings have occurred to assure the health of our citizens,the salmon and the environment in general.
3/24/2015AmyJonahDogwood InitiativeMonctonDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
3/24/2015JakeMartinDogwood InitiativeSurreysludgeUS Thermal coal doesn't belong here, never mind the horrible sludge ending up in our wastewater.
3/24/2015CaroleAnnLeishmanDogwood InitiativePowell RiverNo to dumping coal sludgeYou can't dump coal sludge into the sewer system. It just cannot happen. There are too many unknown potentially toxic chemicals and heavy metals in coal sludge to dispose of it this way. How about we leave it in the ground where it came from and we leave the planet a healthier better place?
Thanks!
3/24/2015DonBrightDogwood InitiativeCowichan BayCoal sludgeHow valuable is human health? How valuable is our fisheries and what effect does even coal dust have on fish respiration?
Do not allow any more coal dust and/or coal sludge into our rivers and oceans. It is time industry became responsible for its own byproducts, instead of expecting society at large to do so,.
3/24/2015JamieMarshallDogwood InitiativeNorth Vancouverdeny the coal sludge liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThe liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks for coal sludge should be denied.

U.S. thermal coal is sprayed with chemical surfactants, and is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons that would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved. These toxins could threaten public health, salmon and the environment.

There is no guarantee that the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.

Unless the company can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for our river, it should not get a permit.
3/24/2015JoanPasayDogwood InitiativeVancouverDo not approve this proposal-The risk of environmental contamination is too high.
-There needs to be more research as to the risk to water supply and how it might affect humans/animals/plant life
-The toxic heavy metals could reach our water supply threatening humans and wildlife
3/24/2015MaureenKaragianisDogwood InitiativeGabriolacoal waste in sewersthe coal waste will eventually damage the environment, the aqua fer and threaten animals, birds, fish and humans
3/24/2015JessieBellDogwood InitiativeVictoriawaste permitHarbours don't need more dirty coal polluting them!
3/24/2015RicardoRodriguesDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo Waste In Our Water!Coal is a dirty fuel. Don't allow the waste from this coal port to enter our public water systems. Coal waste should be container, gathered and treated separately and responsibly!
3/24/2015GuillaumeColleyDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo to coal waste in sewerU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals, and what can't be filtered will end up in the Fraser river and in the ocean, in the fish we eat.
3/24/2015HelenPillottDogwood InitiativeKamloopsLiquid Waste, Fraser Surrey DocksIt is unwise to approve sewage/wastewater release into public system, if we do not know whether this is harmful to the environment or ourselves.
3/24/2015KateVincentDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.As a resident of Metro Vancouver, I urge you to deny a permit to dump this toxic sludge in the region's sewer system. Our marine environment is already under great stress and certainly we do not need this material ending up in our waters. The air quality of the surrounding municipality will suffer if this project goes ahead and it's not good already. People two kilometres away from the existing facility wash the coal dust off their houses every year. How do they wash it from their lungs?

This whole project is very bad for this region and the planet. Why should we want to export U.S. coal from our port when port cities in the U.S. have already rejected it? This is wrong on so many levels and should never have been approved. Facilitating the continued use of coal is endangering the future of our children and grandchildren. Please do not grant this permit!
3/24/2015AnonymousSurreyno more pollution in our watersI'm opposed to yet more contamination entering our fragile ecosystem. Our water system takes a beating each day from us and steps should be taken to put a halt to any additional contamination. We need to think about how our actions will impact our water system many decades from now, not just over the time period that a company or industry will be in existence.
3/24/2015AnonymousNew Westminster Environmental PartnersNew WestminsterFraser Surrey Docks Waste Water Discharge PermitThe concerns we have around the treatment and disposal of waste water at FSD range from full disclosure on all chemicals and substances either in the coal or the topping agent, questions about the effectiveness of the Metro Van's filtration system, and who bears the full cost for this process. The topping agent made by AKJ Industries contains a "proprietary additive" that may cause skin,eye and respiratory tract irritation. This substance needs to be identified and made public so we know exactly what we are dealing with and whether it can be filtered out. We need to know how often FSD will be monitoring their system for effectiveness and how it will prevent runoff into the Fraser River. This thermal coal from the Powder River Basin is considered the dirtiest coal on the continent. How will FSD and Metro Van ensure the public that the toxins and carcinogens involved won't end up in our waterways negatively impacting our environment? Finally will FSD be charged the full cost for this process or will the public be forced to absorb additional cost from what should be FSD's responsibility as a cost of doing business.

Kind regards,
Andrew Murray
3/23/2015LarryAndrewsDogwood InitiativeVancouverdeny liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docksno US coal sludge in our water
3/23/2015GloriaWorthDogwood InitiativeTorontoU.S. COAL WASTECoal sludge is highly toxic and high risk. Treatment plants cannot filter out heavy metals and hydrocarbons as they cannot filter out pharmaceutical drugs which have been found in our drinking water.

The Fraser River is a gem - please deny this permit.
The U.S. has polluted enough of Canada.
3/23/2015EvaSvenssonDogwood InitiativeVictoriaCoal Waste
NO coal waste in our sewage system !!!!
3/23/2015CorinForresterDogwood InitiativeKirkfieldUS coal wasteAs a former resident of Vancouver I'm horrified that the city would consider letting private US coal companies dump dirty waste water in the city's public sewer. This could pose a significant threat to human health, wildlife and the environment.

Provinces like Ontario are trying to "kick the coal habit" for the good of it's inhabitants and the environment. Why would BC and the city of Vancouver prop up the american coal industry and threaten the province's water quality?

Please don't rush ahead with this decision before the full impact of the project is accurately, scientifically and objectively assessed.
3/23/2015AndrewStevensDogwood InitiativeNew Westminsterstop doing bad things!Hey, you with the computer! Don't let mean people do mean things! This project will cause more damage to our already damaged environment.
3/23/2015LeslieCreelmanDogwood InitiativeOttawaWastewater from coal port into public sewer systemI'm not sure why this is even in question. Why risk the public, wildlife and the environment? Seems like a no-brainer.
3/23/2015KelseyWoodDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo!Public sewer systems across the continent are already bearing an unfair burden. Private, for-profit corporations sell toxic products into the marketplace where consumers pour them down the drain: cleaners, cosmetics, paints, primers, pharmaceuticals, birth-control hormones, etc. The makers of these products have no responsibility to the public to reclaim or clean up after consumers are done with them. Fraser-Surrey Docks asking Metro Vancouver to process its coal sludge (along with all the other corporate-produced toxic waste) is absolutely where we should draw the line on the public subsidizing private interests. We need to move beyond coal yesterday and we will. Approving this permit is only stalling the inevitable.
3/23/2015SandfordAndersonDogwood InitiativeTeeswatercoal sewageReally. You need to hear reasons. The only reason someone would allow such an obviously damaging project to commence, is because they are being paid well to do so and couldn't care less about the consequences. The fact that you are even considering the go-ahead of this, tells me just how selfish and greedy you really are. Nothing else needs to be said.
3/23/2015MicheleMercerDogwood InitiativeCasa GrandeTell Metro Vancouver To Deny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.bad idea
3/23/2015heidigrootDogwood InitiativewhistlerDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.It's beyond time to move away from the use of dirty & toxic coal everywhere including Asia. The economic gain is not worth the long term damage to our planet and environment. I want no part of the "dirty money" and am asking that the long term damage to the planet be the most important consideration here.
3/23/2015HilaryJonesDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo industrial crap in our sewers!Metro Vancouver sewer systems are for the benefit of residents and local industries, not for foreign corporations to take advantage of! We don't need any extra burden of toxic chemicals in our environment.
3/23/2015ValerieHunterDogwood InitiativeVancouverSewage PermitOur public system was not intended for this type of large scale industrial dumping. I say no!!!
3/23/2015MeaghanHennessyDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease say no to Fraser Surry Docks application for a Liquid Waste PermitOur current waste water treatment facilities fall short of protecting our communities health as it is. Primary treatment can not absolutely handle the addition of wast water from coal handling. Please say no to this application.
3/23/2015S.G.HurlburtDogwood InitiativeMississaugaPermitAnything the Big Coal producers in America try to ram through our Canadian houses of legislature is a very bad idea.
Please deny the permit. This is Canadian water and soil that will be affected which means it's the world's water and soil. We need zero coal production and more renewable sources of power. Please think beyond the immediate dollar gratification and think about your place in history. You could be the heroes of the planet, not just another bunch of shills for Big Coal.
3/23/2015CharlottePaquetteDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal Wastewatertoxic heavy metals
Chemical surfactants
This cannot be safe for the environment or people. Please either guarantee that the treatment plant can filter this out and if not then deny the permit
3/23/2015AmyHockDogwood InitiativeDease LakeThis plan is CRAPTACULARFirst off, it's just downright wrong and out of harmony with nature and those of us who love and enjoy nature and want to protect it.
2nd of all, who gives the US the f'n rights to do this? Who are they? Who are ANY OF YOU IN AUTHORITY???

and 3rd - WHO GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO DO THIS METRO VANCOUVER? just because half the asian population is down there and they are slowly owning our economy doesn't mean they can still take away others' rights to exist!! We have to SHARE THE PLANET so wake up and give your stupid head a shake.
3/23/2015TomMcIllfaterickDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey DocksPlease reject the request to send wastewater from this proposal through the Metro Vancouver sewage system. We are not paying taxpayer dollars for this system so that it can be used to facilitate the shipment of dirty coal and the acceleration of climate change.
3/23/2015KarenCookeDogwood InitiativeWest VancouverU.S. Coal Shipping and Dirty Wastewater - using Fraser Surrey DocksClearly, Metro Vancouver's answer to a "coal shipping proposal" from Fraser Surrey Docks and U.S. coal companies should be a loud "NO". If the U.S. has a problems disposing of their toxic products and dirty wastewater, they need to solve their problems themselves. If there were no serious problems in shipping the coal and disposing of the dirty wastewater, the U.S. coal companies would do so in the U.S., without any need to "use" Metro Vancouver. Think seriously about this reality.

Metro Vancouver and BC have a duty to protect our citizens' health and our environment.

This decision should be a "no brainer". PLEASE, please say "NO!".
3/23/2015DaveWilsonDogwood InitiativeEdmontonno to coalU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals.
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment. This is a environmental nightmare. Think again!
3/23/2015MaryBenesovskyDogwood InitiativeCoquitlamDeny Liquid Waste PermitUS thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. This is an extremely toxic brew of chemicals to be going thru BC for the profit of the US coal mines, while the BC citizens and environment is put a incredible health risks. Deny the Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks, and save our health and environment.
3/23/2015SwarnLeungDogwood InitiativeDuncankeep our water cleanPlease do not approve the use of our sewage system for US thermal coal.There are likely toxic chemicals that may not be removed in treatment that will end up in our oceans. We cannot keep polluting our water and expect to stay healthy.
3/23/2015leighlewisDogwood Initiativenorth vancouveromg. who said what to who.?the project proponents are being beyond sneaky. there is only one reason for this type of secrecy. why must we still have SO MANY unanswered questions.?
i'm just curious... but are we expected to just trust that this toxic waste being dumped into OUR WATER is actually not going to harm us, our water, now or in the future.?
how about the wonderful & amazing creatures that share this beautiful planet with us.? shouldn't we give them equal rights & some level of respect regarding the decisions that we so hastily make that will surely effect them. i mean they are the ones who truly do live off of the land. must they also live with the consequences of our greed.
we have become a world of mass manufacturing/producing & as a consequence have turned into a disposable wasteland with actual garbagedump-like patches in our oceans.
but i digress & just might have gone a little off topic.
so anyways...
HEY METRO VANCOUVER - YOU BE THE JUDGE & SAY "NO.!" TO THE SLUDGE .!
- thx from leii leii
3/23/2015BrianDanielDogwood InitiativeparksvilleDon't do itIt is time we start to be smart and look to our future - it is not in coal
3/23/2015NancyBeachDogwood InitiativeSquirrel CoveDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks
Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
3/23/2015MargaretSorkenDogwood InitiativeBlack Creek, B.C.Liquid Waste PermitI have heard that a coal company wants to dump their sludge into the waste water system. How do we know that the chemicals that they are using can be filtered out of the water before it goes into the Fraser River. Hasn't this river been put in enough jeopardy?
3/22/2015RodDowningDogwood InitiativeSurreyCarefully Examine coal spray, Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray:

If US coal unloads at Fraser Surrey Docks, the resulting wastewater will likely contain an unknown assortment toxic materials.

This requires rigorous assessment to determine the public health and wildlife environmental risks, and should not be allowed to proceed if it fails the highest standards.

I respectfully ask that your office stand firm on this assessment. The companies in question tend to be secretive regarding the nature of the chemicals sprayed on their shipments. Your job is to ensure disclosure and proper assessment.

I live along the rail corridor and now how health concerns can be unduly dismissed. Please ensure that your office is given complete freedom to make a rigorous assessment.

I will look forward to hearing about the results of this process
3/22/2015KevinMillerDogwood InitiativeWinnipegLess toxic waste, not moreDeny all applications to spew toxic waste into municipal sewer systems. Rescind all existing permits.
3/22/2015AnniceHardin-TibandoDogwood InitiativeCoquitlamTell Metro Vancouver To Deny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.Please do not do this, environmental impacts are too great -
3/22/2015douglasevansDogwood Initiativebowen islandCoal WastewaterIn considering the wastewater permit for coal shipping, I assume that the only considerations for the decision framework are health safety and environmental risks and not jobs. That said, with the presence of known toxins and carcinogens in the waste water what science is used in support of this decision.
3/22/2015JacquelineSteffenDogwood InitiativeCoquitlamDeny Liquid Waste PermitU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals, They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.
This proposal needs to be shut down. It is not in anyone's interest other than US coal companies. Our public sewer system should be protected from contamination which includes coal waste.

I am calling on Metro Vancouver to deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
3/22/2015JulienPowellDogwood InitiativeVancouverIs it safe?Dear Mr McGillivray,

I oppose Port Metro Vancouver's project to create a new coal shipping terminal in our region because I believe that coal power should be phased out around the world to help fight global warming.

In the context of your considering the port and FSD's sewer discharge permit application, I ask you if their discharge plan is safe for human and environmental health? Do you have all the facts to be sure, including what's used in coal dust suppression products?

Thank you for considering my comment.
3/22/2015AnneSchlenkerDogwood InitiativeMontrealNo to Liquid Waste PermitDear Sir:

Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for your sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.

Please heed this warning.
3/22/2015DavidWaltonDogwood InitiativeOwen SoundLiquid coal wasteWe need to stop burning coal so we should stop facilitating the transportation of coal.Sewage treatment plants weren't designed to handle this type of waste and therefore probably won't be able to remove the toxins that will be present. We need to protect the environment before all of the air and water is polluted and we are scrambling to find a technological solution to a problem that technology created.
3/22/2015SteveThompsonDogwood InitiativeRedmondCoal waste does not belong in sewerCommunity sewage treatment is not designed to clean the heavy metals that are released by industrial coal. Local tax payers should not have to pay for industrial pollution.
3/22/2015LianaroseDogwood InitiativeThornhillDeny the permit!!!!Going ahead with this project carries the distinct possibility of serious health and environmental risks!! Why is this even a consideration without thorough research?!
3/22/2015Marie EveMathieuDogwood InitiativeSaint-judeno liquid wasteToxic waste shouldn't be in sewer, because there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment
3/22/2015LeahDaoustDogwood InitiativeTofieldFraser Surrey Docks' Permit RequestDear Mr. McGillivray,

Approving a permit to allow Fraser Surrey Docks to ship coal though B.C. and then dispose of the coal wastewater into the public sewer system is a horrible idea.

This project will negatively affect human health, and the health of our environment as chemicals are sprayed on the coal to reduce dust. We don't know what chemicals are used for this purpose. These chemicals may be carcinogens. These chemicals will cause damage to our environment and wildlife that rely on a healthy environment for survival. Can those chemicals and heavy metals even be cleaned out of the wastewater before entering the Fraser River? I am extremely concerned about human and environmental health in regards to this project.

This is an extremely frightening project and I urge you to deny the permit!
3/22/2015JayTeeDogwood InitiativeNanaimoNo coal wasteour environment already polluted don't more esp from USA
3/22/2015NonaAvrenDogwood InitiativeVancouverWastewater disposal by Fraser Surrey DocksThere are too many unknowns in a scenario that permits disposal of coal wastewater into our waters. The potential for harmful effects is great. Until Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for our river, it should not get a permit. Please forego granting this permit until exhaustive studies have been done.
3/22/2015MichaelCoatesDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal waste in public sewer systemFirst reason is health. Can you prove beyond a doubt that this is neutral to our health and safety? Second is economic. Why should we accept foreign industrial waste in our public sewer system? Treat it at your cost, not mine. I didn't want this stuff here in the first place. Your profiting from this so you can afford to pay to clean up your own mess. Better still, stop accepting foreign coal at our ports.
3/22/2015stephaniedoucetteDogwood InitiativevictoriasludgeReally... you don't know ? why would anyone want to be the recipient of this to turn out into our waters...I am sure the US can find an appropriate place for this in their own back yard..
3/22/2015DennisPerryDogwood InitiativeWest VancouverFRaser Surrey Docks US coal sludge sewage permitThere are too many negatives to least, mainly environmentally related. There is only one positive and that's economic.

There is no way that this coal project should be allowed to happen in this location.
3/22/2015AmandaChalmersDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo Coal Sludge in Public Sewer SystemCoal is extremely toxic and does not belong in our sewer system or sewage treatment plants. There are already enough challenges to deal with wastewater in a safe and environmentally sound manner, adding coal sludge into the mix would make it impossible to guarantee public safety and the safety of our waterways.
3/22/2015AmandaKehler-StevensDogwood InitiativeCourtenayWorking together for our futureDear Mr. McGillivary,

Hello my name is Amanda Kehler-Stevens and I am a resident on the north end of Vancouver Island. I am an RN working in a small town which has largely depended on mining, mill work and forestry. I do understand the importance of economy to keep a community going. However I do understand even more the importance of a healthy community. The proposed idea to allow an American company to profit at the expense of the coastal residence of BC is atrocious.

First of all coal is an archaic source of fuel. We should be taking a stand against the continued extraction, production and use of it. This should be used as an avenue for Vancouver to show that it is moving forward to the ”green movement” that other countries are prescribing too. As well as better representing the majority of our populations beliefs. Take the opportunity to do what it right for the environment, the people and the future of both.

We already know that coal is a dirty fuel that pollutes our air and contributes to lung disorders, diseases and cancer. We do not know the long term effects of the chemicals sprayed on the coal to keep the “dust” from rising. Why continue to put foreign products into our atmosphere and water.

The bottom line is we do not need to support a foreign dirty fuel source. No amount of money can reverse the effects of carcinogenic coal and chemicals. Do you value your health over your bank account? I hope you do because we all know no money can ever buy your health back. It is about making the healthy, sustainable and productive solution.

Please do not allow the transportation of coal through the Fraser Surrey Docks. Instead use this situation to be the voice of reason, the hope for the future. Stand up for your city, your province, your country and its future!
3/22/2015CathleenHjalmarsonDogwood InitiativeWinnipegDeny a liquid waste permit for Frase Surrey DocksI hear that Fraser Surrey Docks is trying to get a sewage permit from Metro Vancouver to spew U.S. coal sludge from their proposed coal port into our public sewer system.

We don’t even know what would be in the sludge. U.S. thermal coal is sprayed with chemical surfactants to reduce dust, but those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens. The public doesn’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater.

I don't think our public sewer systems should serve a crappy project that puts our health and environment at risk. I am asking that Metro Vancouver deny the permit right now.

U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons that would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved. These toxins could threaten public health, salmon and the environment.

There is no guarantee that the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.

Unless the company can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for our river, it should not get a permit. Don't risk our health for the sake of the dying U.S. coal industry.

Desperate U.S. coal companies want a free ride to get their toxic product to Asian markets. They’ve teamed up with Fraser Surrey Docks and Lafarge’s Texada Quarries to push through a coal shipping proposal in B.C.

Last year Port Metro Vancouver and the provincial government approved permits for this risky scheme despite unprecedented public opposition. But Fraser Surrey Docks is moving forward on getting permission from Metro Vancouver (the regional government) to spew coal sludge from their proposed coal port into our public sewer system.

We don’t want our public sewer systems serving a crappy project that puts our health and environment at risk.

Every permit for this project has become a battleground because those senior decision-makers refused to conduct meaningful public consultation, credible full-scope assessments or public hearings. We still don’t have the answers we deserve about how this project would threaten public health and the environment.

Stop this liquid waste permit so we can make sure toxic U.S. thermal coal never comes to Fraser Surrey Docks.
3/22/2015RonMurphyDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal wastewaterI'm surprised that this idea is being entertained without the proper science support. Our ocean systems are under attack by our dumping policies and the lack of policy around polluting the ocean. This affects the oceans that we depend on for food. Salmon fisheries and the quality of water. Our shellfish industry is experiencing a catastrophic death in shell fish due to acidification of the water. How can waste coal support their survival? I would support this if the science is present but the lack of science is worrying.
3/22/2015JanetMurrayDogwood InitiativeNorth Vancouverno coalI strongly feel that the role of government is to keep our environment safe. That our health and the health of future generations, fish, animals and the health of the environment is more important than making money from destroying our environment. Let the U.S. companies send the coal from California or Oregon, let them deal with the waste they create.

I say no to the permit.
3/22/2015JeffAndersonDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey Docks, Liquid Waste Permitplease, deny a Liquid Waste Permit to Metro Vancouver or Ports Canada to dump waste into the Fraser River. Thank you
3/22/2015GailArmitageDogwood InitiativeSookeUS Coal sludge in sewersThe unknown contaminants in the sludge and potential toxins that may not be removed by existing wastewater treatment technology mean that we are risking our marine environment and public health if we allow the sludge to enter the sewer system.
This is a really bad idea.
3/21/2015KollyHill DavieDogwood InitiativeDeltaNo Coal Sludge in our Sewer systemPlease understand that I am totally against allowing any coal sludge into our public sewer system for the following reasons: 1)Unless it can be absolutely guaranteed in a signed affidavit as to the safety of said sludge...it should be rejected,
2)Our Fraser River salmon cannot withstand any more stresses...keep the Fraser River clean!
3/21/2015JorgeDe CeccoDogwood InitiativeUkiahDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksSome reasons:

U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust.

Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.
3/21/2015BrettPawsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverUS liquid waste into the BC public water systemAre you crazy? What are you going to tell your grandchildren - that you helped kill the planet?
3/21/2015BrettPawsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverUS liquid waste into the BC public water systemAre you crazy? What are you going to tell your grandchildren - that you helped kill the planet?
3/21/2015KlaasTuinmanDogwood InitiativeBellevilleDeny Liquid Waste permitThe ocean doesn't need any more pollutants
3/21/2015BillBoothDogwood InitiativeSurreyCoal port waste sewer app.The Fraser river system is already challenged and to add unknown potentially toxic pollutants would a poor decision. The port request to put waste water from the coal terminal into the sewer system should denied. This is risky.
3/21/2015RaeSt. ArnaultDogwood InitiativeVancouverPlease deny liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey docksEvery permit for this project has become a battleground because those senior decision-makers refused to conduct meaningful public consultation, credible full-scope assessments or public hearings. We still don’t have the answers we deserve about how this project would threaten public health and the environment.

But if we can stop this liquid waste permit we can make sure toxic U.S. thermal coal never comes to Fraser Surrey Docks.
3/21/2015DANIELNEDELECDogwood InitiativeWEST KELOWNA, BCdeny liquid waste permitunknown untested environmental and human health risk
3/21/2015LaurieKokkoDogwood InitiativeWhite RockDeny Fraser Surrey Docks Sewage DisposalDo not allow Fraser Surrey Docks a permit to dispose toxic wastewater from the proposed coal port into our public sewer system. Our goal is to clean up water, to improve our sewer systems & to create a better environment for the present & the future.
3/21/2015JanetOxleyDogwood InitiativeGibsonsDeny the Waste Permit!!Metro Vancouver has a responsibility to deny this permit for coal waste to be dumped into Vancouver sewers and eventually into the Fraser River.
Although I don't live in Metro Vancouver any more, I do live on the proposed barge route to Texada, and I believe this proposal to export American thermal coal through the Fraser Surrey Docks and to sequester it on Texada poses a high risk to human health and environment and has not been adequately evaluated in these terms. It is a reckless proposal that Metro Vancouver should oppose in any way possible
3/21/2015FayeVaradyDogwood InitiativeottawaIs this actually being considered?-For the health of the planet and those who live here, including yourselves.

-To start the thought pattern and conversation of safe, renewable energy and waste management.

-To consider other citizens than ourselves,
3/21/2015marylageDogwood InitiativeBurnabyno liquid waste permitThis is an ill-conceived idea. I oppose it.
3/21/2015JohnFykeDogwood InitiativeNew DenverLiquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksI am concerned about the moral and environmental issues regarding the proposal to build a new coal transfer facility at Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) that would expedite the shipment of up to 8 million tons of U.S. thermal coal through Surrey, the Fraser River, and Salish Sea to Texada Island. We are asking you to reconsider the recently approved permit for the augmentation of the Texada Island port facility that would enable the increased coal export, and to phase out all U.S. thermal coal exports from BC ports. In particular I urge you to reject the application to use Vancouver waste water facilities.
The end use of this coal is for electric power generation, primarily in China. The practice of burning coal is the source of most of the horrific air pollution problems in that country and recent satellite studies show evidence of the pollution plume from China affecting the climate in North America as the atmosphere carries the particulates over the globe. Contributing to the increase in coal-related disability among the Chinese weighs heavily on our conscience.
Coal is also the fossil fuel most directly linked to the rising CO2 emissions in China of the last 20 years. Our province has shown strong leadership in the past on commitments to reduce GHG emissions and our municipalities have robust plans to reduce carbon output. The traffic in coal is not compatible with those plans.
I’m trying to adopt a sustainable lifestyle by installing solar panels and solar hot water on my house. Many of my friends are walking the talk, reducing their carbon footprint in their daily choices of what they buy and how they travel. Now I’m asking us to act and embrace a shift in the way to do business. We state emphatically that making money at the expense of the health and prosperity of the planet is wrong.
Our traditions teach us that human and non-human life is sacred and inter-connected. Our compassion compels us to act to prevent the suffering of human and non-human life on this miraculous planet. Although the amount of coal proposed for traffic through the FSD is a small fraction of the global coal use, this is the coal that you, the representatives of the BC electorate, can control. Approval of these permits means that you are complicit with a continued dependence on a dangerous fuel that is a relic of a time that is no more. Denying the waste water permit would send a powerful message that BC is committed to being part of the solution to the climate crisis and not continuing to be the problem.
I ask you to consider both current and future generations of life on this planet as you make these decisions.
3/21/2015JamesArmstrongDogwood InitiativeWindsordeny permitBecause ofthe messsage I've just read
3/21/2015RozPowellDogwood InitiativeNanaimoDeny Fraser Surry Docks Liquid Waste PermitWe ABSOLUTELY cannot allow ANY toxic processes to have ANY leackage into our waterways, purposeful, negligent or accidental! All of our lives depend on it. Please prevent all such applications!
3/21/2015LuanaGilliesDogwood InitiativeWindermereDeny the permit!Adding industrial wastewater to the Vancouver sewage system may very well endanger human health and the environment. Do we even know what toxins exist in the thermal coal? Your priority should be to protect the citizens and the water resources of British Columbia
3/21/2015sueyorkDogwood Initiativenanaimodeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.I don't want more toxic waste dumped in Canada from the US. The environmental impact would be catastrophic
3/21/2015GarySarkissianDogwood InitiativeTorontoSewage permitIt's important to know what toxic chemicals are going into the sewage system, simply to assess whether the facilities have the ability to treat it... it's a part of good management and city planning.
3/21/2015DinahDDogwood InitiativeGabriolaBad IdeaThis is a bad idea, don't do it.
3/21/2015CatherineWerhunDogwood InitiativeAbbotsfordLiquid Waste Permit for Surrey docksThe oceans are polluted enough without adding more. Especially when its unknown what kind of chemical, and toxins are in this stuff. We need to protect our oceans no matter where we live.
3/21/2015MargieOstroffDogwood InitiativeSurreydeny a liquid waste permit for surrey fraser surrey docksdon't want to pollute our water systerm with us coal sludge don't know what chemicals are in there can't risk our health for a dying US coal industry
deny the permit
3/21/2015darlenesjostromDogwood InitiativeChemainusIt is madness to allow coal waste into sewageNo matter what the pressure may be, do not even consider mixing a US coal company's waste sludge into our sewage system. This is a very bad idea and may even be environmental criminal!
3/21/2015darlenesjostromDogwood InitiativeChemainusDeny the permit!Deny this permit! You are elected to represent the people of Vancouver and NOT an American coal company. Where do your priorities lie?
3/21/2015AmyColeDogwood InitiativeSidneyDisallow U.S. Liquid WastePolluting our natural environment is not a solution to another country's problem.
3/21/2015christinegrimesDogwood InitiativeSaltspring Islandcoal wastewater, no thanks!please deny the coal watewater permit.
3/21/2015LeonardScheinDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny the PermitIf USA docks will not take the coal, why are we? Please deny the permit.
3/21/2015WaldoYuleDogwood InitiativeCastlegarLiquid waist permitP,lease don't allow big business either Canadian or American further destroy our waters.

How long before Governments realize that water will soon be our most vital asset?

Say NO to coal port expansion.
3/21/2015JacintaMcDonnellDogwood InitiativeTorontoChange To Clean EnergyUsing toxic polluting fuel for energy is outdated.
We must not endanger wildlife and humans while transporting this risky toxic product. The only way to do that is to not transport it.
We must switch to clean energy now. Alternatives are available.
It is too costly and dangerous.
3/21/2015GaryGauthierDogwood InitiativeVictoriaNO to coal products or any kindThanks but we don't need yet more pollution in our waters.
3/21/2015CaitlinStewartDogwood InitiativeCentral SaanichThis project stinks!!!Allowing this to happen when there is no certain prevention method in terms of toxin and chemical leakage is not just a risk, it is agreeing to an inevitable disaster! The health and environmental risks from the coal it's self (a dirty business indeed), are risky enough. However, you are also willing to remain ignorant of other potentially harmful chemicals that they will have every right NOT to tell you about??? That just sounds down right irresponsible, snd and irreparably stupid.

On a side note, shouldn't we consider resources that promote Canada's growing green initiative, and actually have an economic future? Why are you willing to take such huge risks concerning the environment, and public health and safety, on something that will only be economically viable for another decade or two? In this case, the potential loss could very much outweigh any potential "gains". I sincerely hope that you consider some of these points before moving forward.

Sincerely,

Caitlin Stewart
3/21/2015angelafazzariDogwood InitiativeportlandCoal Sewer SharingPlease deny the use of our sewers to be used for coal waste from Fraser Surrey Docks. Thank your for your time and consideration.
3/21/2015GinetteIvineyDogwood Initiativecrysyal beachDon't do itwe have enough crap of our own
3/21/2015AmyEveryDogwood InitiativeSurreyPlease deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDear Grant McGillivray (Metro Vancouver’s Sewage Control Manager),

I understand U.S. coal companies along with Fraser Surrey Docks has submitted for a Liquid Waste Permit. If the permit is granted, I understand the dirty wastewater from the proposed coal port will enter our public sewer system.

I do not think the permit should be granted.

Since U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals, these would be flushed into our wastewater system. Since there’s no confirmed guarantee via scientifically accepted research or testing that the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River, this wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

The chemical surfactants sprayed on coal piles to reduce dust include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information. Any company attempting to dispose of contaminants/pollutants into public sewer system must be transparent to allow informed decisions to be made.

Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit.

I urge you to help me and other concerned citizens from your community to stand up for public health and safety and the environment by denying the permit until a more sustainable and environmentally responsible method of business practice is adhered to.

Amy Every
3/21/2015AdamFerlandDogwood InitiativeEdmontonKeep Dangerous Coal Waste OutAllowing Fraser Surry Docks to discharge contaminated wastewater from their proposed coal port would be indefensible when the scope of the dangers are unknown and likely to be so damaging to environmental health.

Unless all of the contents of the wasterwater are disclosed, with credible research of the risks to the environment and human health which establish that they can be managed, and the costs borne by the commercial interests benefitting rather than the public, this permit must be denied.
3/21/2015RicoGowerDogwood InitiativeGibsonsUS Thermal Coal sludgeWe don't want their sludge, we don't need their toxins. They can keep it and look after their own toxins ---- To make it plain and clear ... NO US THERMAL COAL SLUDGE PLEASE
3/21/2015DebbieMalowayDogwood InitiativeSurreyStop further pollutionFirst the coal dust pollutes our air and now the coal sludge will be in our water system. As if the situation with coal transport wasn't a big enough problem already. Stop any further irresponsible actions.
3/21/2015E CNielsenDogwood InitiativeDuncanKeep US coal out of our sewer!!It's long past time proper care was taken to deal with wastewater such as this in a responsible way! Keep such toxins out of our waterways, please!
3/21/2015DeniseTamDogwood InitiativeVancouverKeep our waters freeWhat makes it right to use our waters instead of their own? Double standard as we get left with negative results
3/21/2015claudeaudetDogwood InitiativePrince Rupertcoal wastewhy is it that no one of our elected leaders have the courage and the moral compass to do the right things in the name of future generations for a brighter future for all of us? ....bought out by money.
3/21/2015TinesjaVanelDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverFraser/Surrey Docks trying to push through a coal shipping proposal from the USDear Mr. Grant McGillivray,
Why would you even consider to send more toxic chemicals into our sewage system, that is already overtaxed? Giving a free ride to a foreign country that doesn't care about anything else than their gain? If you and your department would have done the thorough research such a decision requires, you would know how unacceptable this project is. I would think that you care about the district/province you live and work in and urge you to put an immediate stop on any further negotiations with the US representatives of this project.
3/21/2015ChrisBenoitDogwood InitiativeOttawaU.S. coal companies- U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
- All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
- Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system an
3/21/2015GuinRandelIndividualDeltaOpposing the Coal train transport through Delta and Surrey.Stop the HAZARDS of the coal dust being pseud throughout the residential area of Delta and Surrey area. PLEASE relocate transport in an area where individuals health will not be at risk. Along with Fraser River..
3/20/2015KathleenTurmaineDogwood InitiativeSurreyStop Polluting the Fraser RiverStop the madness. Protect our water and wildlife. Do not approve this FSD permit request.
3/20/2015HeatherLillDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverDeny a Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksI hope that you deny a Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks because of the potential danger to our waters. I do not want thermal coal, which is full of toxic heavy metals, to enter the Fraser River. The Fraser river is a key salmon and fish habitat that should not be tampered with. Please say no to this and help keep our waters clean from contamination.

Sincerely,
3/20/2015JohnDonnellyDogwood InitiativeVancouverDo Not allow Coal to be shipped through our waterwayCoal is extremely polluting and there are clear alternatives that can and will ultimately used in its place. The citizens of BC do not want to support directly or indirectly this costly and damaging commodity and thereby potentially damage our immediate ecosystem and the greater global system.
3/20/2015marioneldridgeDogwood InitiativeLangleyDon't YOU dare!!!U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons that would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved. These toxins could threaten public health, salmon and the environment.

There is no guarantee that the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River.
The scary part is we don’t even know what would be in the sludge. U.S. thermal coal is sprayed with chemical surfactants to reduce dust, but those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens. The public doesn’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater.
3/20/2015TonyJarvisDogwood InitiativeGabriolaLiquid waste permit for Fraser Surry DocksDear Mr McGillivray,
I am writing to state my opposition to this proposal for the simple reason that it poses a threat to human health and safety, and to the environment.
If the proposal were passed, toxic heavy metals from US thermal coal would be flushed into our wastewater system and likely back into the Fraser river.
Yours
Tony Jarvis
3/20/2015EdwardRossDogwood InitiativeVictoriaKeep Unknown Chemicals Out of the Sewage SystemSimply put, you already make restaurants, gas stations, and other industrial sites segregate hazardous chemical waste from the sewage system. What makes coal dust, with unknown chemical treatment, different? Just do your job!
3/20/2015Tde MarcosDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey dockAs a city, province and country, under no circumstances should we ever willfully accept environmentally harmful waste, carcinogens or toxins of any kind from any person, country or entity.
3/20/2015DavidWilsonDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Waste PermitAs a concerned citizen, I am opposed to shipping coal though Fraser Surrey Docks. The environmental risks from toxic wastewater disposal are too high. This project must be rejected.
3/20/2015MichaelSidaroseDogwood InitiativeBramptonSave HumanityIt is a hazard to people's health
3/20/2015JodieWilsonDogwood InitiativeVancouvercoal waste disposalHi there,

As a resident of Vancouver I feel it is both ludicrous and completely unacceptable to consider allowing the dumping of coal port wastewater into our water system. I'm shocked that this is even being considered seriously. The potential ramifications for public health, local fish and wildlife populations, local ecosystems and Pacific ocean health make this obviously unacceptable.

Please use your common sense and don't let this happen
3/20/2015CarinaMachDogwood InitiativeGatineauNO to liquid waste permit!Dear Metro Vancouver,

Please show strength and wisdom and deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks.
3/20/2015StephenAberleDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny Liquie Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThe suggestion to spew dirty wastewater from the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks coal port into the public sewer system is appalling. I firmly oppose it and I urge you to deny the permit for such a project. The potential for devastating pollution to the sewer system, the Fraser River and the ocean is huge and the risks are far too high. Please deny this permit.
3/20/2015LanaMixDogwood InitiativeDawson CreekNo rice through BC for coal waste water.U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals.They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins.
3/20/2015TomMcGuirkDogwood InitiativeEtobicokeLiquid Waste PermitThis permit should not be issued until the exact composition of the sludge is known.
3/20/2015alanwernerDogwood InitiativevancouverNo coal in sewerMadness!!!
3/20/2015DAVID & ADELROUTLEDGEDogwood InitiativeCourtenay - (KEEPING IT 'COAL-FREE' FOR EVER"METRO VANCOUVER deny LIQUID WASTE PERMIT FOR SURREY DOCKS ****"" NOW"" **** -------- "INSANITY TOTAL INSANITY" ------

THIS IDEA IN THIS DAY AND AGE IS' MADNESS'. WE JUST CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN??

COAL IS DEAD.THE NEW AGE REQUIRES WE STOP THIS POLLUTION AT ANY COST,BEFORE ITS JUST TO LATE .OUR GOD GIVEN PLANET CANNOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN.

WE WILL START RIGHT HERE IN VANCOUVER B.C.(TODAY)
SINCERELY
DAVID & ADEL ROUTLEDGE,
CUMBERLAND,
B.C. (KEEPING IT BEAUTIFUL/COAL-FREE,TAR-OIL FREE FOREVER)
CANADA. (OUR HOME 'ON' NATIVE"s LAND)

PS AWAITING YOUR EARLIEST REPLY? & ACTION TO STOP THIS? A.S.A.P.
3/20/2015DougPerryDogwood InitiativeRichmondThermal Coal waist waterThe waist water from the thermal coal project proposed for Surrey Docks will either be spilled directly into the Frazier river of treated by our public sewer water system. If it is to be pumped into our sewer system what will be the cost and damage to the system? Has anyone considered having the coal shipped in sealed containers from the Powder Basin to China? It would save the estimated 15% spillage and thus reduce concerns to all communities that the trains will pass and also reduce the risk of destroying the farm land and fisheries near the the south arm of the Frasier and in the Georgia Straights . The cost of loosing 15% of some billions of tones of coal might be an incentive to those proposing this industry to spend a bit more on shipping the toxic coal in sealed containers. Doug Perry 778 858 0210
3/20/2015MaryGradnitzerDogwood InitiativeVancouverUS coal sludgeThis coal sludge contains environmental toxins & human carcinogens
There is no guarantee that the health and environment will not be adversely affected.
The salmon in the Fraser River could be made sick as well as humans.
NO, NO, NO!
3/20/2015DianneEddyDogwood InitiativeBowserNo coal waste in sewerGet off coal -- no coal, no toxic contamination

What you allow is what you condone.
3/20/2015SusanNelsonDogwood InitiativeParksvilleNo permit for liquid waste ! !why are people in power, so ready to jeopardize the health of the people who voted them in ?? ? JUST for some money ! ! ! ? ? ?
3/20/2015CatherineTalbotDogwood InitiativeComoxNo coal waste in our seasWe should never be shipping this dirty coal in the first place.
And we most definitely should never compromise our environment and our health in order to accommodate American coal that can find no port in the USA.
3/20/2015DianaHardackerDogwood InitiativeChemainusSay no to liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksI was inspired by the film I saw last night "The Future of Energy". It was all about the success stories around the world of communities transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Coal and every aspect of it, needs to become history as soon as possible. Please do not grant the liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks. It is just another cog in the wheel of coal nastiness. I thank you advance for being part of the great transition to renewable energy we are embarking on, to save ourselves and every other living thing on our beautiful blue planet.

With hope,
Diana Hardacker
3/20/2015RandineMcDonaghDogwood InitiativeVancouver, B.C.Deny the liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksWay to Risky!! Please say no...
3/20/2015SuzanneSnizekDogwood InitiativeVictoriaDeny liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThis makes absolutely no sense, and should be immediately denied.
One of the best aspects to living in the Vancouver region is the health of the environment. I urge you not to allow our environment to be jeopardized.
Like many other residents of BC I have asthma, and this sort of project could certainly make my health worse. Chidlren and elderly people are also more at risk.
Please do not approve this proposal.
3/20/2015DeboraLucykDogwood InitiativeRoberts CreekCoal waist to sewage (Fraser Surrey Docks) - please noDear Sir,

Please to not approve a permit to put coal sludge through our sewage system and into our waters as toxic runoff.
The rivers and the ocean are having a hard enough time with pollution. I care very much for our sea life and could only hope; so do our officials.

Thank you in advanc for saying no :)

Sincerely,
Debora Lucyk
3/20/2015DonJessyDogwood InitiativeKasloNo slurry in public disposal systemThis is another corporate welfare project - corporations should have to pay for their own cleanup.
Industrial waste needs to be separate from the public system
Public disposal is designed for human waste, not industrial.
In Europe industrial waste must be recycled in a useful way by the producer. It is important our business find ways to reuse the waste from their production in environmentally friendly ways.
3/20/2015CherrieWaterhouseDogwood InitiativeLadysmith, BCliquid waste permitI think this project is a very bad idea unless the proponents can prove that the coal waste is safe for the sewer system and the environment they should not go ahead with the project.
3/20/2015MeikoMatsumotoDogwood InitiativeCumberlandDeny PermitFor the well-being of our environment and to reduce the strain on our current waste system please deny the permit.
3/20/2015MaryEllisDogwood InitiativeWhite RockDeny permit for liquid wasteIncredible to think that anyone with an intelligent mind would ok such a permit. Who knows what this waste contains? It's no wonder US didn't want it in their backyard.
3/20/2015YvonneDolbecDogwood InitiativeRepentignyCoal wastewater isn't ordinary wasteIt is industrial wastewater. Companies who make them have to dispose of it by their means, with appropriate means, not mixe it with public sewer system.
3/20/2015JennyCoutureDogwood InitiativeSurreyNo to Toxic WasteOh seriously ... this has gone from bad, to worse, to off the charts, of corporations gone wild. What distorted thinking could even consider such a proposal.
Recently the Lower Nicola Indian Band was in the news protesting sewage sludge dumping on their heritage land. I wrote an email of support to them for speaking out (yelling out) against this atrocity and I expect they received even more support from others.
What so many people don't realize is that this sewage sludge from treatment plants is being spread on farmers fields, along with all of its inherent poisons. The entire issue of sewage waste being applied to farm lands is beyond vile. It is toxic and contains innumerable residues of heavy metals, pharmaceuticals; anything and everything that goes down the sewers, including hospital and medical waste. If Canadians knew that the food they eat comes from such lands, I should hope they would all be searching out “certified organics” where such practices are not allowed.
Now the minority, and I stress "minority" of individuals who would stand to benefit, are considering adding wastewater from treated U.S. coal to be added to the toxic slurry? I would like to suggest that a compulsory psychological assessment be mandated to all those at Fraser Surrey Docks who believe this is a solid and ethical plan.
Obviously, those of us who care about quality of life for ourselves, our families, and all people, feel very passionate about the never-ending environmental issues that continue to come at us from every spectrum of Industry. Why must we fight so hard for what is basic common sense.

Mr. McGillivray, will you join us and just say "NO... take your toxic pollution home and put it on your own backyard". Or better still, instead of being enablers of destructive corporations, let us utilize developing technologies towards cleaner sources of energy that do not come with such a hefty toll on human health.
3/20/2015RoslynnIsaacDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverNo to Liquid Waste PermitPlease deny the Liquid Waste Permit to Fraser Surrey Docks.

At a time of increasing environmental pollution in our waterways and oceans, it is imperative that we don't add toxic heavy metals from US thermal coal.

Unless you can guarantee that the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River, I would urge you to deny this permit.
3/20/2015RodgerHamiltonDogwood InitiativeWilliams LakeFraser Surrey Docks Permit ApplicationDear Grant McGillivray

I am writing to express my opposition to the permit application by Fraser Surrey Docks to discharge wastewater from their proposed coal port.

The US thermal coal proposed for this port may be laden with heavy metals, the train cars are sprayed with chemicals to reduce dusting during transport and the coal particle size entering the public sewer system are all issues which will challenge the treatment efficiencies of the sewerage system.

I urge you to adopt the precautionary principle and fully assess the long term cumulative impacts to public health, fishery values and our shared environment.
3/20/2015gregblanchetteDogwood InitiativeTofinoCoal doesn't come cleanDear Metro Vancouver,
I am not on board with coal, as a particularly climate-polluting fuel. I am especially not on board with coal waste being dumped into public sewers --- which means dumped into the river, the strait, and the ocean.

This 19th-century fuel has caused enough problems to allow it to cause more!
3/20/2015KenWestdorpDogwood InitiativeSurreyRe liquid waste permitJust the very suggestion that one would dare permit the dumping of liquid waste into the ocean seems crazy. Water is a necessary element to sustain life for everyone and government should protect this vital asset. Do not poison us simply because you want to make a quick profit that will undoubtably lead to further problems
3/20/2015KenWestdorpDogwood InitiativeSurreyRe liquid waste permitJust the very suggestion that one would dare permit the dumping of liquid waste into the ocean seems crazy. Water is a necessary element to sustain life for everyone and government should protect this vital asset. Do not poison us simply because you want to make a quick profit that will undoubtably lead to further problems
3/20/2015KyraRiceDogwood InitiativeOaklandDeny Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksThis is insanity. How much more permission is going to be given to coal and oil companies to poison the environment, land and water that we need for LIFE? STOP THIS HEINOUS MARRIAGE OF BIG ENERGY AND GOVERNMENT BEING BAUGHT OFF BY THEM.
3/20/2015CherylSowdenDogwood InitiativeVancouverSay no to coal waste water.Coal and the surfactants sprayed on it contain toxic heavy metals and unknown chemicals. We do NOT want them to enter our sewage and water systems and oceans. This is too dangerous a project to proceed. The citizens of Greater Vancouver want the permits to be denied, and want substantial, open public consultations to occur on all projects in the future.
3/20/2015ElaineFindlayDogwood InitiativeSaskatoonWastewater Alert at Fraser Surrey DocksI respectfully ask that you do not issue a permit to allow U.S. coal companies to ship their toxic product through Fraser Surrey Docks. My concerns include that this would allow U.S. coal full of toxic heavy metals to be discharged there with no guarantee that the treatment plant could successfully filter out those toxins. As well I understand that this coal is sprayed with chemical surfactants which include environmental toxins and human carcinogens but the coal companies don't have to disclose exactly what these chemicals are. Without that information nobody could make an intelligent decision. Please protect our people, and the environment by saying no to the permit.
3/20/2015BeatrizPimentelDogwood InitiativeVancouverNO PERMIT!The proposal itself is immoral and insane!
Why don't this US waste is trashed it in their own proximity or best, expend in processing no environmental damage anywhere? Obviously it's too toxic for them to want that close, nor assuming responsibility to do so and filter it or whatever to avoid pollution. So, at the next naif neighbors expense! What a nerve! No! Absolutely denied it, not even for exchange of gold to contaminate our natural resources would be worth, please!
3/20/2015nancyleathleyDogwood InitiativeSecheltwaste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksDeny this permit please.

Coal is a long outdated environmentally destructive source of energy. It's full of toxic heavy metals detrimental to the health of all living things including us

Why should our Fraser River in CANADA be compromised by dirty wastewater from US coal companies. Let them keep, treat and dispose of their own waste.

Chemical surfactants are sprayed on the coal all along the route to keep down dust. The company won't even tell you what they are. Probably carcinogens and more environmental toxins.

Use the percautionary principle. Make Fraser Surrey Docks PROOVE their wastewater is safe for our Fraser River with its salmon. Don't let the US which has destroyed their own environment, dammed their rivers to extinction, used up their underground waters and generally ruined their part of the planet in their greed and rush for power come into our country and do the same to us.
3/20/2015cindywerschlerDogwood InitiativekamloopsNoI would like to hear one reason why this would be good. Anyone with an ounce of common sense would know that this would be a very stupid and unhealthy proposal for the Vancouver area.
3/20/2015TonyNguyenDogwood InitiativevancouverPlease Do Not ApproveMr. McGillivray,

I don't know you, and you must be receiving quite a few of these, or so I hope. I don't know how you, personally, feel about this request to put waste water from the Surrey Docks into our sewage system, and I'm no expert. But I cannot at all agree with this proposal, and I sincerely hope you will consider the voices of citizens, your neighbors, in your decision.

Does it matter that I'm young? I ask, because I hope it lends greater sincerity to my concern. Why do we need a coal port?

Consider this statement from the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, insisting that we must leave most existing coal reserves underground to avoid uncontrollable climate destabilization:

http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2754&ArticleID=9703

Consider Stanford University's commitment to divest from coal last year:

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/may/divest-coal-trustees-050714.html

Consider this recent report on the decline of the coal industry:

http://www.rtcc.org/2015/03/18/global-coal-growth-slows-but-impact-on-climate-set-to-rise/

There is much at stake, and this development, which are compounded by the increase in health risks, of which both short and long-term effects are currently unknown.

With a heavy heart, I urge you to please deny the Fraser Surrey Docks a permit.
3/20/2015MarilynMcClellandDogwood InitiativeFanny BayFraser Surrey Docks dirty wastewaterIf you think that permitting the Fraser Docks to spew dangerous chemical waste water into our water system is healthy and safe you have more faith in the filthy coal industry than the rest of Vancouver and BC.
To actually permit this outrageous act is very irresponsible and foolhardy as you are jeopardizing the health of people, animals, birds, vegetation and the land. Why you even think it right or worse still allow this is beyond most of us.

You MUST protect the health of our water and the citizens of the Vancouver and Surrey areas. The US won't ship their coal so why would BC be so stupid as to think it is good idea especially as it is a failing industry and being reduced or closed in many areas.

STOP this idiotic, foolhardy, dangerous idea and protect who you should be protecting.
3/20/2015AnonymousSurreyWaste water permitThere is virtually no benefit to BC residents in allowing the shipment of US thermal coal through our ports. On the flipside, there are significant environmental concerns and impacts to communities from allowing this activity. The negatives clearly outweigh the positives, but with our current regulatory environment where Port Metro Vancouver has been given virtually unlimited powers to do whatever it desires, it appears that we the citizens can do nothing to stop this.

Not only does this specific proposal make no economic sense, but it is a desperate attempt by a dying industry (the dirty thermal coal industry) to get their product out of the country asap before the market for their product completely collapses. Every country, including China, realizes that we can't keep burning this harmful substance and killing our environment and our citizens. Recent studies have shown that solar power is now cost equivalent to low grade thermal coals in 14 US states. The coal industry see the writing on the wall. Why are we here in progressive BC aiding and abetting this archaic and damaging activity? Have we not got any smarter ideas?

:Please deny this waste discharge permit!
3/20/2015TristanRyanDogwood InitiativeVictoriaPlease don't bring thermal coal to marketThermal coal is among the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels marketed today. It is against our interest and the interest of coming generations to bring this product to market, as its use contributes disproportionately to the climate change crisis we currently face.
3/20/2015EmmaDalsvaagDogwood InitiativeKelownaU.S. thermal coalWater is a vital life source. You must ensure that our water is kept clean for future generations.
3/20/2015RickCoppickDogwood InitiativeCOMOXCoal sludge?Really!! Think about it...Don't give these guys permission to dump that poison in our sewage system!!!
3/20/2015BillHeirDogwood InitiativeHintonLiquid WasteThe water systems of the world should not be treated as waste dumps. Water is our life and must not be mistreated. Do not allow toxic wastes to be dumped into our water.
3/20/2015JenniferRichardsonDogwood InitiativeClearwaterJust Say NoThe only reason why the coal is going through our Port is because US citizens blocked the coal going through theirs. They did not want the environmental pollution from this project in their back yard. Do not let their corporations turn it around and destroy ours instead.
3/20/2015ElizabethCarlisleDogwood InitiativeSurreyCoal Waste Water
Stop the proposed deal to empty coal waste water into the sewage system, It ends up in our river where it will pollute fish & wildlife. Think of the future instead of dollars !!!
3/20/2015KlausOhlemannDogwood InitiativeColdstreamdeny permtit1. refuse permission to spew dirty wastewater from the proposed coal port into the public wastewater system.

2. It is unknown what the substances are in the waste.

3. Why is this being considered in the first place if Oregon and Washington have refused to accept the coal.

4. The USA can look after their own pollution problems
3/20/2015JaniceRichardsDogwood InitiativeTexada islandPublic Health and safety riskTo Whom it may concern,

The Canadian public Heath and safety are at stake with
Becoming a dumping ground for mismanaged liquid wastes
that are by products of coal and other contaminants.
The Fraser River spreads it's waters to far regions of the north
American coastlines and beyond.
To compromise the health and safety of the entire
Environment that sustains us is madness.
No profit is worth the risk.
Please say no to supporting the dumping wastes from coal or any other pollutant
That is from across the border. We have enough problems inside
Our own border.
Signed,
A very concerned Canadian Citizen with voting rights
3/19/2015DaveBerneyDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid waste permitAllowing US coal and chemicals in to our waterways is just simply shortsighted and irresponsible.
3/19/2015William EdmundMugfordDogwood InitiativeVancouverSewage Permit - WastewaterUnless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. Fraser Surrey Docks have not yet met the burden of proof, which is upon them.
3/19/2015KathleenSomervilleDogwood InitiativeNew Westminstercoal port waste water in our sewer system Environmental toxins and human carcinogens don't belong on our sewer system,

Deny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.
3/19/2015DavidWhitmoreDogwood InitiativeVancouverThe 'Age of Coal' is over - accept it!It's bad enough that burning the stuff is the worse form of pollution (Nuclear waste excepted), but now we are asked to 'eat the sludge' too ? Later for that ! It's not like WE need that that obsolete fuel ourselves for any vital demand; this is just so large energy corporations can make big bucks selling it to our overseas competitors who don't give a damn for the planet's environment.
Say NO, and Santa won't put a lump of coal in your Christmas Stocking.
3/19/2015CarolHargittDogwood InitiativeSorrentoFraser Surrey DocksWe have orcas, dolphins, salmon and many other forms of sea life swimmimg in our waters. No one knows what is in this dirty wastewater and the wastewater treatment plant may not filter out the toxins and chemicals that are sprayed on the coal to keep the dust down. This seems a very dire threat to the environment, sea life and public health. No sewage permit should be approved if Fraser Surrey Docks cannot show beyond a doubt this coal wastwater is safe and the water after treatment also. We have the opportunity to make a responsible decision.
3/19/2015Mary-evAndersonDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo coal waste in our sewerI think this permitting the discharge of coal wastewater into our public sewer system is a bad idea because it will pollute the water and threaten marine and ultimately human life.
3/19/2015MikeLuniwDogwood InitiativePort CoquitlamNo coal wastewater in the FraserDear Mr. McGillivray
I understand US coal companies and Surrey Docks are seeking permission from you to dump mining wastewater into the Fraser river.
Considering the record of honesty and accountability shown by extractive industries in the past, as well as their disregard for longterm environmental damage, permission for such a wastewater dump seems a profoundly bad idea, no matter what financial compensation there might be. It's time we wound down the infrastructure for fossil fuel development, in any case.
Please do the right thing for current and future generations and prevent this dumping of American industrial waste in Canada. Thank you for your attention.
3/19/2015LarryWartelsDogwood InitiativeVictoriaFraser Surrey Docks Waste PermitPeople and Planet Before Petro Profits

Maybe you missed Democracy Now!

As U.N. Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment, Bill McKibben on Vanuatu, Oxford Vote, California Water Crisis www.democracynow.org/2015/3/16/as_un_backs_fossil_fuel_divestment
3/19/2015DanLavergneDogwood InitiativeVancouverCOAL IN WATERWAYNO Coal Sludge into water… seriously, can't you create job putting in the required treatment for this by-product of yours?
3/19/2015WendyHoy BrightDogwood InitiativePort FranksKeep U.S. Coal out of our sewer.U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
3/19/2015JohnHillDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo Sewage Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksThis coal port is already a totally inappropriate project for Port Metro Vancouver, especially given the huge carbon footprint of burning this dirty coal and it's consequent effect on climate change. Adding toxic waste water to our sewage system for the negligible benefits of this project, will result in a huge health, environmental and economic net cost to Metro Vancouver
3/19/2015MarioPerazzelliDogwood InitiativeRepentignyFutureDon't any of you have kids? You want them to have to kill for drinking water? What kind of humans are you? This is the future of Canada's children you are playing with. Are you like Stephen Harper, an insensitive son of a bitch that don't care about anyone, including his own children, than himself?
3/19/2015RundeepChathaDogwood InitiativeSurreyKeep U.S. coal out of our sewer. It’s crap.Keep U.S. coal out of our sewer. It’s crap.
3/19/2015LesleyClarkDogwood InitiativeFalse BayCoalCoal is a bad idea. Don't allow this further pollution.
3/19/2015JasonMilliganDogwood InitiativeTorontoDeny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksI can't believe this is even being proposed. U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals and chemical surfactants. More studying needs to be done to prove the wastewater is safe for the sewage system and the Fraser River.
3/19/2015SarahClark-JedrzejekDogwood InitiativeSudburyThe permitDon't allow Fraser Survey Docks to get a permit. If the company gets one this can help destroy the water in the area. It can the ecosystem in the area
3/19/2015NicoleMakinDogwood InitiativeVictoriano liquid waste permit in SurreyToo much risk not enough benefit
3/19/2015RobinLawsonDogwood InitiativeDuncanCoal` sewage permitThe public taxes cannot afford to fund corporations' sewage needs
3/19/2015PatGodwinDogwood InitiativePort MoodyDeny coal wastewater permitCoal wastewater is full of toxic chemicals and there is no guarantee that that the wastewater treatment plant can filter them out before discharging back itno our Fraser River.
3/19/2015BrianBirdDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterI SAY NOIT IS NOT IN OUR BETTER INTEREST
3/19/2015AilsaPellaDogwood InitiativeWhite Rocksay no to surrey fraser docksThe implications of dumping this kind of liquid coal industry waste into our sewer system is astronomical. Please deny the application
3/19/2015BradSandersonDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal wasteEveryone with any sense of the seriousness of climate change knows that coal is the filthiest of the fossils. To import that filth would render you unfit for your position.

Please do the right thing.
3/19/2015DuncanHarteDogwood InitiativeKelownaKeep Vancouver Clean and SafePlease don't make short-sighted decisions which will be regretted. Keep Metro Vancouver clean and safe.
3/19/2015MikeMathesonDogwood InitiativeWhite RockUS Thermal CoalI cant believe letting any body dump anything in our waters.
The Public health would be at risk, the fish. Its time to say no and take your waste elsewhere.And please make sure they do out of BC!
3/19/2015D.DrobenaDogwood InitiativeKelownaKeep Vancouver Clean & SafePlease don't make short-sighted decisions which will be regretted. Keep Metro Vancouver clean and safe for posterity.
3/19/2015SeanBlackmanDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal Waste In Our Sewage SystemDon't allow this project to go ahead. It is wrong in every way.
3/19/2015BruceCarterDogwood InitiativeShawnigan LakeFraser Surrey Docks - liquid waste permitWe are dismayed that Port Metro Vancouver and the provincial government ignored the public and approved permits for this dangerous scheme.

The untold amount of toxic heavy metals and hydrocarbons that would be flushed into the wastewater system are an unacceptable risk to public health, salmon and the environment.

You know the only reason the U.S. coal companies are pursuing this destructive scheme is that they were denied similar schemes along the entire west coast of the United States due to negative environmental impacts and pollution.

Regardless of the neglect by our federal and provincial governments, we have an obligation to all living organisms that share the planet to take aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.

We need to be facilitating the consumption of less coal, not more.

Please help us join the 21st century!
3/19/2015ChrisAikmanDogwood InitiativeHornby IslandNo thanksCoal is genocide. Keep it out of our waters now.

It's also bad economics.
3/19/2015LizCochranDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser surrey docks/coalSensitive ecological area
Untested effect of pollutants, more study needed,
We have issues dealing with our
own pollutants let alone bringing in
outside ones,
3/19/2015NattaliaHaddenDogwood InitiativeWest VancouverSURREY COAL DUST WASTEWE DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS IN THE DUST OTHER THAN COAL.

OUR SEWAGE IS FOR BIO WASTE NOT COAL DUST.

IF WE SAY NO THEY WILL HAVE TO DEAL ELSEWARE.
PLEASE REFUSE THESI REQUEST!
3/19/2015JohnHydeDogwood InitiativeBlack CreekFraser Surrey DocksCoal sludge in Vancouver sewers is a bad idea. The contaminants are bad for the ocean and the sewer system.
This application should be denied.
3/19/2015KarlHardinDogwood InitiativeVictoriaPlease deny this permitDear Mr. McGillivray,

U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
3/19/2015GarySmileyDogwood InitiativeVictoriaNo Coal waste in our watersI was not in favor of having U. S. coal being shipped out of Canadian waters and am even less willing to have the sludge and waste from those shipments enter our sewage system which in all probability will not remove all the nasty chemicals when the water is returned to ocean and stream. Obviously the American ports did not want to risk any of this but apparently Canada cares less about contamination of our life giving sustaining waters. Please Metro Vancouver do not grant permission to allow the U. S. coal companies to dump their wastewater into our public sewer system, It would be and outrage as our human health ultimately is dependent on the health of our waters and land. Please be sane about this and deny this permit!
3/19/2015MaggieGilbertDogwood InitiativeVictoriaPlease deny liquid waste permitPlease deny a liquid waste permit to Fraser Surrey Docks. This project to ship coal has not been proven safe for residents and the environment locally as well as along the coal transport routes. It is unclear what chemicals could be present in this waste and there are too many questions left unanswered. Please standup for the health and safety of our communities.
3/19/2015Mystde VanaDogwood InitiativeParksvilleunsafe and unwiseClean water soil and air is quickly becoming the most valuable resource a region can possess. Don't throw away our future.
3/19/2015KarlHardinDogwood InitiativeVictoriaPlease deny this permitDear Mr. McGillivray,

U.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals. They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust. Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
3/19/2015DarcyKaltioDogwood InitiativeSecheltconcern about wastewater from Fraser Surrey DocksDear Mr. McGillivray,

It is important to me that a permit is NOT granted allowing the wastewater from the coal port into Vancouver's public sewer system until all of the information is obtained about exactly what is contained in the waste water and it's level of toxicity to the environment. With out this information, it is far to risky to allow this material into our sewage system.
3/19/2015DonnaHamiltonDogwood InitiativeVictoriacoal wasteDon't need toxic waste in our sewer system.
3/19/2015HeatherMcleanDogwood InitiativeDenman IslandNo Coal Sludge into Metro Vancouver's public sewer systermFraser Surrey Docks and U.S. coal companies should NOT receive a permit to dump their toxic waste water into Metro Vancouver's public sewer system. The U.S.A. says "No!" and Canada should say "No!!", too. This is a bad idea for too many reasons to list. This most certainly will be a threat to our already acidified ocean and endangered wildlife.
3/19/2015BrendaNelsonDogwood InitiativeNorth Vancouverno to coal waste in sewerthis is a horrible idea, we need to stop this.
3/19/2015krispoitrasDogwood InitiativeQualicum BeachKeep U.S. coal out of our sewerU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
3/19/2015EveThorneDogwood InitiativeBurnabyNo Free RideAs I expect the sewage system is not equipped to handle the toxic commercial waste, you should deny the request. The companies should build their own waste treatment plant, of the highest possible standard, and it should be regularly monitored by independent scientists.
However, should you give permission for coal companies to use the sewage system, the companies should pay for its expansion of capacity and upgrade to the highest standard, as well as regular testing and maintenance. The upgrade and expansion should be done before the companies are allowed to use it.
3/19/2015OctaeviusAltairDogwood InitiativeTorontoSludgeIf money is all that matters to you, why don,t you offer to accept the sludge where you live and leave the people of Vancouver alone?
3/19/2015DennisMenseDogwood InitiativeWhaletownLiquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksI believe this permit should be denied for the following reasons:
No one knows what is in the sludge.....so it is impossible to tell us, scientifically, what problems might occur as a result of dumping this sludge into our waters. We still do not know how certain chemicals might combine once in our waters and how that might effect our Marine ecosystem and thereby us - through our eating of fish and shellfish. Why should we not use the precautionary principle........the onus of proof should be on the Fraser Surrey Docks to prove through an INDEPENDENT scientific study that that sludge can be processed in such a way as to make it safe....which is very doubtful. Yes, these procedures take time, but we need to consider the long term.....money and jobs don't cure health problems and without your health where are you?
Thank you for your consideration,
Dennis Mense
3/19/2015NancyMcinnesDogwood InitiativeNanaimoPermit to dispose of US contaminated waste waterWe do not want to import dangerous wastewater into our Vancouver area sewer system! We are not a dumping ground!
3/19/2015JenniferGrahamDogwood InitiativeN VancouverThis is disgusting and scaryPlease don't allow this permit to go through! Don't we have enough chemicals and pollutants to deal with already!!!!
3/19/2015ChristineLeeDogwood InitiativeVancouverLiquid Waste PermitDon't risk the environment and our health please.
3/19/2015SusanAlbionDogwood InitiativeVictoriaNo waste permit!we can't have unidentified waste being put in our sewer system
3/19/2015CynthiaBodmanDogwood InitiativeDeltaDeny A Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksMr. McGillivray,

Coal wastewater could well threaten public health, the environment and fish.

The onus should be on Fraser Surrey Docks to prove that coal wastewater
would not be detrimental to health.

To not do so, is to act with negligence.

Give us the answers we deserve as taxpaying citizens. Stop acting irresponsibly. To do so would be to listen to monetary gain instead of considering the long term well-being of Metro Vancouver's citizens. Given the state of our environment, the days of irresponsible management are long over.

Rise to doing the right thing with due respect for the people and other living things under your jurisdiction. We're counting on you, as are our progeny. Thank you for your time and serious consideration. Take the high road.
3/19/2015R. MavisVenittelliDogwood InitiativeBurnabyprotect our sewage system donèt destroy it!Do not poison our water system. Do not give permission to spew dirty waste water from the proposed coal port into our public sewer system. This will destroy every-bodies health if it does not kill us outright.
Everyone on earth needs a healthy water supply. We do not want a poisened water system flowing into our water supply and through our bodies.
3/19/2015ErinEarlyDogwood InitiativeWhistlerBad Idea!I think it is a bad idea to add coal waste to the sewer system.
I'm sure it's toxic and can't be good for the environment.
Coal should stay in the ground! Clean green energy is the future if humans want to survive!
For the sake of your children and grandchildren, don't !
Stop coal exporting!
Thank You
3/19/2015JeneferLaneDogwood InitiativePort AlberniCoal contaminants in public sewer systemThis idea of allowing coal wastewater into our public sewer system is not regulated, may harm fish and marine life, and may harm human health. We have no idea how the wastewater may be contaminated and since there are few regulations as to what is in sewage, we have no idea of how this is going to affect the water table, potable water or the ocean.
3/19/2015KathyGrillDogwood InitiativeCalgaryDenial of liquid waste permitWater is a precious and very limited resource. The cost of protecting our water for consumption is already enormous. To allow the pollution of coal waste water, without even being fully informed of what would be in the polluted water, is ludicrous beyond imagination.

It is the absolute mandate of all politicians and leaders of corporations to ensure the health and safety of all their citizens, constituents and visitors. Failing to provide this safety to people is not only a huge offense but unethical in infinite proportions.

Mr. McGillivray - this is your responsibility. Who is more important to you - dirty U.S. corporations or your Canadian citizens?
3/19/2015ErikMrazMrazDogwood InitiativecoquitlamDo not poison us.There is no guarantee the effluent will be free of toxic substances. We do not want these environmental toxins and human carcinogens dumped in our waterways. We value our fish, wildlife and our own health too much to allow toxic substances to be freely dumped in our environment. Do not allow the treatment of US coal waste on our soil or in our water systems.
3/19/2015ChristinaCheshireDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverCoal SludgePlease deny the liquid waste permit for Fraser City docks. We do not know the potentially harmful chemicals that we would be putting into our sacred, life-giving waters. Please make the smart decision.
3/19/2015PaulGrignonDogwood InitiativeGabriolacoal wastewater1. Sewage systems are not built to handle the chemicals or the coal itself

2. Take climate change seriously. Coal is a DEAD END. Stop accommodating industries that are leading us to extinction.
3/19/2015HeatherStanleyDogwood InitiativeClearwaterFraser Surrey Docks PermitPlease do not issue a permit allowing U.S. coal sludge to be dumped into our wastewater system. There’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
3/19/2015HeatherSapergiaDogwood InitiativePrince GeorgeLiquid Waste PermitAllowing this will only lead to more poisons in our water and environment.
3/19/2015LeslieFAulknerDogwood InitiativeDelta, bcUS CoalSafety unknown!
3/19/2015MBlanchetDogwood InitiativeLangleycoal waste waterplease don't allow the dumping of coal waste water into our sewers. we do not need the hazardous pollutants in our waterways.
3/19/2015HelenMienickiDogwood InitiativeVictoriaLIQUID WASTE PERMIT FOR FRASER SURREY DOCKSAGAIN, AT WHAT PRICE TO OUR ENVIRONMENT ...OUR HEALTH...IN THE NAME OF ASIA AND OUR NEIGHBOURS TO THE SOUTH. NO IS OUR ANSWER ..THIS PROJECT SHOULD BE DONE IN THE U.S...THIS DIRTY DIRTY PROJECT..AGAIN IN THE NAME OF MONEY. ...YES, IT APPEARS CANADA IS COWERING...AGAIN ...OR POSSIBLY THE PROFITS ARE JUST TOO GOOD FOR THE FEW AT THE TOP...THE ONES WHO ARE NOT ANYWHERE NEAR THE POVERTY LINE.
3/19/2015DanJonesDogwood InitiativeMackenzieSeriously?Why would this even ever come up as a subject? If they need to get rid of their waste they need to find their own solution in their own back yard. BC is not a toxic waste dump for big US corporations. This idea needs to stop coming across the border the same as our unprocessed resources need to stop going south across that same border.
3/19/2015CatherineRussellDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal waste into Metro sewage systemI hear that US coal companies / Fraser Surrey Docks have applied for permission to put wastewater from the coal port into the metro sewage system.

I hope you will say NO to their request as I think it is a danger to public health, and to the environment in the lower mainland and to local waters.

Please do not allow this to happen.

Thank you,
3/19/2015SherryLinnDogwood InitiativeOsoyoosNO to Wastewater from Fraser Surrey DocksThis project is wrong on so many basic levels that I cannot imagine who even would suggest it!

Water, both potable and salt water, do not need any more toxins released into them than are already polluting our environment.

We have a responsibility to clean up our water for humans and the other creatures we share this planet with. So NO to your proposal!
3/19/2015JaneBakerDogwood InitiativeVancouverPermit for Liquid WasteThis permit should most definitely not be granted. Our waterways are extremely important and impact all. Water, clean water, is becoming more and more precious and is to be safe guarded by all. Please do not agree to this proposal.
3/19/2015DellaGlendenningDogwood InitiativeBurnabyCoal Port SewageIt is bad enough that a permit has been issued to allow the shipping of more coal through Fraser Surrey Docks. Now Metro Vancouver is being asked to permit the flushing of waste water from these coal docks into the Metro sewage system.

Our marine wildlife is already under threat with warming water, noise pollution, marine traffic, and from some municipalities, untreated sewage. Adding coal dust and chemicals to our ocean would be just madness.

To save our environment, the use of fossil fuels must be reduced, particularly coal. Allowing our ports to aid in the use of this polluter is not right.
3/19/2015JesseAshwellDogwood InitiativeComoxNo coal drainagePutting coal sludge into our waters is too big of a heath concern.
3/19/2015SonyaReidDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo dirty wastewater in our riverThe chance that toxic heavy metals could find their way into the Fraser via wastewater from this proposed coal-shipping facility, alone makes this proposal too risky. On top of this, we don't know what mix of chemicals will be sprayed onto coal piles to reduce dust, or whether they'll be cleaned out of wastewater because this information is not being disclosed. The unwillingness of the project proponent to disclose this information in itself is deeply concerning, but not as concerning as the potential for these chemicals to include carcinogens and environmental toxins.

We have opportunities right now in Metro Vancouver and BC to make game-changing, environmentally-responsible decisions and to set an example for the rest of the country and the world. Allowing the Fraser Surrey coal shipping facility to go forward is a step in the wrong direction. Rather than supporting the extraction of destructive fossil fuels and facilitating their shipment to the world's largest coal producing and consuming economy, we could be leading the fight to protect the environment and to ensure our home can still be a home for our children.

For these reasons, I urge you to reject the Fraser Surrey coal shipping facility's application for a permit to discharge it's wastewater into the Fraser, the lifeline of Metro Vancouver. It's not worth it.
3/19/2015MonaKaniakDogwood InitiativePort Albernideny permitPlease deny the permit to spew toxic waste into our sewage system @ the Fraser Surrey Docks from US coal companies.
3/19/2015DonGillisDogwood InitiativeCorbeilCoal Shipping Proposal by Fraser Surrey DocksI am asking Metro Vancouver's Sewage Control Manager to protect the environment in a situation where it is threatened by the unreasonable and risky behavior of Fraser Surrey Docks. Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.

So far, regulators like Port Metro Vancouver and the provincial government have not listened to public concerns or given us the answers we deserve about risks to health and the environment. Metro Vancouver is finally giving local people a chance to have their say.
3/19/2015DouglasBrownDogwood InitiativeVancouverNo Coal Waste In Our Sewers Please!Please deny Fraser Surrey Docks a permit to flush liquid waste into our sewer system as coal is sprayed with horrible chemicals that are toxic and carcinogenic and there is no guarantee that our waste water treatment plants will be able to filter out all of that nasty pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.
3/19/2015DiehlMckayDogwood InitiativeSlocan park B.C.Liquid Waste Permit Surrey DocksMr. McGillivray
Please don't allow coal sludge into the sewer system at the Fraser Surrey docks. Thank-you.
3/19/2015Bonnie MaeNewsmallDogwood InitiativeVictoriaUS coal waste at Fraser Surrey DocksPlease do not permit this very questionable waste water to enter the Fraser River and the Georgia Strait.

And really, why are we facilitating the export of US coal to Asia? Bad enough that we are exporting BC coal to Asia.

With global warming it doesn't matter that the coal is burned half a world away, it all goes into our shared atmosphere. We should be getting out of the coal business ASAP.
3/19/2015DcReidDogwood InitiativeVictoriaDeny Coal PermitI think that we should not made environmental damage to our water and our land by approving American coal that could be shipped from the US.

I am also against the Texada Island addition. That simply spreads the damage to another place.

And I am against the increased ocean transport. I use the Strait of Juan de Fuca and it is dangerous enough right now with freighter traffic. There is fog for about 5 months of the year and these boats cannot be seen. There are going to be accidents in which people get killed.
3/19/2015LisaBresettDogwood InitiativeMissionUS thermal coal wasteMr McGillivray,
Please do not be bought out and betray the Canadian residents and allow US thermal coal to be dumped in our water. It is unproven to be safe and will never be proven to be safe because it is not, and will in fact contaminate our water with toxins, many of which are unknown.
3/19/2015KathrynJarvisDogwood InitiativeVancouverkeep US coal out of our sewerUS thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals;

Coal piles are sprayed with chemical surfactants to reduce dust, and these unknown chemicals could affect our water;

concerned about the environment, human health and safety from dirty wastewater going into our public sewer system;

Please, no free ride for US coal companies to get their toxic product through Canada to Asian markets.

Please listen to public concerns regarding our health and wellfare.
3/19/2015GordonBrennanDogwood Initiativevancouverbad ideanot a good idea your smart think of another
3/19/2015GregCameronDogwood InitiativeSurreyNo to Liquid Waste PermitThis is a shockingly irresponsible and environmentally dangerous proposal. The earth is not necessarily a renewable resource. I urge you to stop this outrageous suggestion before it becomes an ecological catastrophe outright.
3/19/2015CharlesHiltonDogwood InitiativeVictoria, B.C."Leave it in the ground"It is time to leave these "Global Warming" - "Fossil-Polluting-Fuels" in the ground - never mind ship-pipe them, if we are to continue to live or even exist above the ground.
3/19/2015verasywakDogwood InitiativeSalmon Armdangers are far outway benefitsthere are way to many chances for dangerous chemical leaks in high density populated ares....
3/19/2015SaraChorneyDogwood InitiativeWhistlerCoal waste In the Fraser RiverDear Metro Vancoyver,
I'm writing to express my concern about the proposal to allow liquid waste from US coal operations to be dumped in our sewer systems at the Surry Docks. And this dirty coal isn't even from Canadian industry. We don't know what kind of chemicals will be involved, how well they will be filtered, or what their effects will be once they reach our waters. This just seems like a lose-lose for both Metro Vancouver and the environment. Please do not approve this plan. Thank you for your time.
3/19/2015KennethMelamedDogwood InitiativeWhistlerDeny PermitIt is unthinkable that the dirty business of coal exports through Canada be allowed to pollute our most important Salmon bearing river, the mighty Fraser.

No coal exports should be allowed and certainly no discharge of toxins into the ecosystem.
3/19/2015JeffraimondoDogwood InitiativeVancouverIndustrial waste in city sewers?I feel that we cannot accept toxic wastewater from coal runoff in our sewer system. The Fraser Surrey Docks shouldn't be permitted to use our sewers to make unknown chemical byproducts someone else's problem. Please deny the sewage permit.
3/19/2015TheaHollettDogwood InitiativeNanaimocoal sludgePlease understand, the need to have pristine waters grows everyday. The oceans are unbalanced already.
The streams and rivers, whose job it is to provide and keep the waters of the ocean pure and able to nurture life, are unable to do their job already. Yet you are willing to put more pollution into our waters, not knowing the results, the ingredients, the dangers, the contamination you dump.
I believe all decisions regarding water and the oceans can only be correct decisions if they enhance the ability to make our Earth pure again. Any other decision is a death warrant for humanity. If it is you that signs it, your next life could be in sludge...
3/19/2015DonaldBurtonDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Docks Waste DisposalThey must pay for their own, private, waste disposal system1
3/19/2015SaraFralinDogwood InitiativeVancouverTell Metro Vancouver To Deny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey DocksI would like to Tell Metro Vancouver To Deny A Liquid Waste Permit For Fraser Surrey Docks.
I don't believe our water filtration system can remove these toxins nor can the marine life in the burrard inlet and strait of georia accommodate such a large toxic influx.
3/19/2015RyanMacDonaldDogwood InitiativePrince GeorgeAgainst the waste permitSimple:

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

If companies don't want to provide a list of the entailed chemicals that they use, if it's not safe for anyone and the environment, really it's a no brainer, deny their permit.
3/19/2015AudreyMoysiukDogwood InitiativeVancouverCoal Waste in our WatersI believe this waste could be toxic to our waters which would threaten the health of the Fraser River and the health of wildlife in and around it. In turn this would threaten humans as well.
Coal is not a clean energy source and adds pollution to our air as well.
It could clog our sewers and also cause a buildup of residues at the outflow point.
I think that Fraser Surrey Docks should be denied a permit to ship coal
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3/19/2015BevGruhnDogwood InitiativeCobble HillCoal wasteDear Mr. McGillivray,
i am writing to ask that you do not allow the flushing of the wastewater from the Fraser Surrey Docks' proposed coal port into the Fraser River.
It is not acceptable to flush environmental toxins with which the coal piles are treated into the river system unless it can be definitively proven that these toxins will be filtered out by an accountable wastewater treatment plant.
It is too risky to both human and fish populations!
3/19/2015oriebloomfieldDogwood InitiativeCourtenaythis is bullwe need to protect out environment not pollute it with foreign chemicals our fish habitat is already decimated and getting worse not to mention the whale population which are the most toxic orcas in the world by the way. We need to be focusing on renewable resources not dirty coal! DO NOT APROVE THIS PERMIT!!!
3/19/2015IanBurnettDogwood InitiativeNanaimoDo not issue this permitWe have no idea what the results would be in the short or long term. Proper, non-biased research is needed before this request goes further.
3/19/2015CampbellConnorDogwood InitiativeComoxLiquid Waste permitIt is ridiculous that wwe are handling USAs thermal coal when they will not touch it. It is a further insult that a permit is sought to flush coal sludge into our public sewer system. For heavans sake do NOT ALLOW IT.
3/19/2015KarenHarbickDogwood InitiativeNew Westminstercoal in our sewersPlease move away from dirty energy. It is poisoning or one and only earth
3/19/2015AnnAndrewsDogwood InitiativeBlack Creek,B.C.US Thermal Coal wasteThis project 1s completely inacceptable. We cannot have this waste added to our sewer system - it contains toxic substances and there is no proof that these can be filtered out before being discharged into the Fraser River which would endanger the public, fish and environmental health of this important water way.
Actual details of what chemicals are used by this US company have not been made public. Obviously they are harmful !
3/19/2015DesBeltonDogwood InitiativeAiyanshNo to CoalWorldwide we need to move away from coal, the dirtiest carbon fuel. We should stop shipments to China and close our mines down. We don't need to add insult to injury by allowing coal companies, US or Canadian, to pollute our waters.
3/19/2015JudyStottDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverDeny Liquid Waste PermitThis message is to request a denial of the liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey Docks. With no guarantee of what is going into our sewage system and whether it can be 100% cleaned out of our wastewater treatment plant with absolutely no ill effects towards humans, animals or the environment it would be irresponsible to make such a permit available.
3/19/2015PaulMagnusDogwood InitiativeRichmondNo US Coal, 90% CleanEnergy by 2040Metro Vancouver should deny a liquid waste permit for FSD because it is your only way to enforce action to ensure that coal does not get burnt an exasperate #globalwarming and ocean acidification. This is directly affecting salmon health on the Fraser due to raise water temperatures and food chain supply.

Then of course there is the local pollution which will impact the South Fraser and one of the biggest salmon runs on earth.

The cumulative pollution of our water shed of the Fraser is not being managed and is detrimental in the health of the salmon and biodiversity on the river.

Please ensure that this coal port is not allowed on the south Fraser.

Best regards,
Paul Magnus
3/19/2015VirgilPaulsDogwood InitiativeWinnipegDeny Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksAllowing US coal companies to go through BC to bring their toxic product to Asian markets is bad for the environment. Allowing coal ships to dump waste water laden with toxins into Metro Vancouver's Sewer is irresponsible. Reject all permit applications to ship coal through Fraser Surrey Docks, for the sake of human and environmental health.
3/19/2015DaniellePearsonDogwood InitiativePowell RiverDon't use our sewer as a Chemical dump!BC is not a waste site for US toxins!
We SHOULD be a progressive country not working backwards to promote outdated practices and environmental treatment.
There are far better ways to make money. The fossil fuels industry is a dying system so irreversibly polluting our city to promote it is backwards.
Do we want the world reputation of "toxic dump site"?
These things are not easily cleaned up the impact will be long lasting and possibly beyond what is projected as the nicest picture is always what is portrayed not reality. If it can't be proven safe, it doesn't belong in our country!
3/19/2015RobertBrownDogwood Initiativevancouver, B.C.coal sewageWhy are we allowing export of US coal at all when Washington State ports said "No" for environmental reasons? Because Crappy Clark (our Premiere) is a poster girl ("look at me. Look at me " ) for "free markets deregulated capitalism". Why? Cuz her global masters demand it if you want to be in "the club of assholes " and man does she ver..
3/19/2015BrentSwainDogwood InitiativeRoyston BCcoal sludge Any toxic materials dumped in Surrey will contaminate the entire South Georgia Strait, for centuries to come. We have no idea what toxic materials will be in such sludge, and we certainly cant rely on industry to inform us of that.
I urge you to deny authority to dump any coal products into our sewage system , or anywhere it will end up in our waters.
Allowing such blatant abuse of our waters would be extremely irresponsible to our future generations.
3/19/2015LeniGogginsDogwood InitiativeVancouverKeep US coal out of our sewerI imagine this project benefits Metro Vancouver because US coal companies will pay for the city to treat their waste water...here's an idea, make composting toilets legal and then the city wont have to pay to treat waste water...then make the City of Vancouver users pay for every flush. That's good economic sense. Not poisoning our water for future generations.
3/19/2015JoannaZilselDogwood InitiativeGibsonsNo US Coal sludge in our sewers!We are at a tipping point globally. The planet cannot sustain any more pollution or anthropogenic green house gas emissions.

Sustainable, renewable energy alternatives abound: the only thing that's missing is political will.

Please, do your part and deny the liquid waste permit that would put US coal sludge in to our sewerage system. The coal shouldn't be allowed to pass through our waters to begin with.
3/19/2015CelestePaleyDogwood InitiativeLangleyPlease REFUSEPlease refuse this application for untested sewage release into the regional systems. There are uncountable toxins such as pharmaceuticals, additives, triclosan, microbeads etc. That are NOT tested for in effluent treatment regimes. We don't need to have industrial contaminants creating increased stressors on our already overburdened natural and constructed systems.
3/19/2015RoseFiorDogwood InitiativeVancouverProtect ALL our water systems!!!-all drainage finds its way into our precious water resources- seen or not: and the waste therein
-we should not facilitate the continued use of a fuel pollutant/ system by receiving its waste product
- we need to lead by example and endorse green/ bal
3/19/2015TonyLyttleDogwood InitiativeWest VancouverCoal Wastewater Disposal from Fraser Surrey DocksmDear Sir;

The fact that permits have been issued to ship USA thermal coal through our port because the US companies cannot get permission to ship from their own country is bad enough but now permission is being requested to deposit waste water from this coal into our sewer system.

Please deny this permit request at least until proof has been provided that this water does not contain toxic substance that will not be handled by our sewer system and in fact may enter the Fraser river.

At some point we need to stand up for what is right and not just look at the economics.

Thank you for your consideration.
3/19/2015MariaYebesDogwood InitiativeVancouverI care about the environment and human health.Please don't allow coal sludge to be dumped in our sewage systems. The people making money from this project should have to prove that it is safe before allowing this dumping.
3/19/2015DonFordDogwood InitiativePort HardyFraser riverThe river is already in dire straights because of pollution as well as warming from environmental issues. We need to clean up the waters before we pollute them further
3/19/2015RobertSmithDogwood InitiativePort CoquitlamCoal waste waterLeave the carbon in the ground.
3/19/2015RolandAlcockDogwood InitiativeSookeNo liquid waste permit for thermal coalI wish to register my opposition to granting a permit to allow Fraser Surrey Docks to discharge wastewater from the coal port into the domestic sewer system. The Vancouver sewer system is not capable of dealing with the heavy metals from U.S. thermal coal nor is it designed to deal with the chemical surfactants sprayed on the coal. All of these pollutants will end up in the Fraser River and the Georgia Strait where they will accumulate in the biosphere. The citizens of Vancouver who love the BC coastal environment urge you to deny this permit!
3/19/2015TaraLosethDogwood InitiativeNew WestminsterPlease do not allow a Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey DocksHi There,
As a resident of New Westminster, and a commuter through Surry on a daily basis, I am strongly against allowing the flushing of coal wastewater into our sewer system. I would first like to see proof that our sewer system can handle the pollution well enough to protect fish and our health. If this is not available, then the permit should be denied. There is already enough pollution and toxins in our local environment; I am strongly against having coal in my home environment. The dust, and the chemicals used to keep the dust down, are not healthy. I believe whatever monetary incentive there is to approving this project is not worth the cost to our local environment.
3/19/2015GeorgeEllentonDogwood InitiativeDeltaCoal Waste WaterUnless Fraser Surrey Docks can PROVE coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit - period.

If the Americans are so anxious to ship this dirty coal, they should ship it from an American port!
3/19/2015EricSchwartzDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey Docks’ Coal Port Proposal Watewater Sewer Discharge ApplicationDear Mr. McGillvray,
I have become aware of the Fraser Surrey Docks Application for a Wastewater Discharge Permit for their proposed Coal Port.
I strongly recommend you refuse the requested permit on the grounds that no plan has been proposed to prevent
toxic heavy metals and chemical surfactants known to be constituants of US coal shipments expected to reach the proposed FS Docks coal ports, from reaching Metro Vancouver Wastewater Treatment facilities in waste water.
As Metro Vancouver facilities are unequipped to remove toxic chemicals from waste water, these toxins will surely reach the Fraser River and endanger the marine aquatic environment, the salmon and other marine creatures that we are all working hard to conserve.
Most sincerely,
3/19/2015ElsieDeanDogwood InitiativeBurnaby, BCDeny a liqid wast permit for Fraser Surrey Docks1. No to allowing toxic waste from Fraser Surrey Docks coal shipping project
2. Health risks from dumping toxic waste in our disposal system must be considered.
3. No permit for liquid waste disposal in Metro Vancouver from coal shipping
2. Coal should not be shipped through Metro Vancouver
2. Dangerous overload in waters of Salish Sea
3. Increased health problems
4.
3/19/2015JohnRyckmanDogwood InitiativeWest VancouverConcern regarding toxicity of waste in our sewer systemI would hope that any environmental or long term health issues have been taken into account. I am not opposed to trade and commerce and understand that coal is still an important commodity. I am however concerned that the waste issue have not been fully considered. If the waste is dangerous then proper disposal must be determined.
3/19/2015EdithWoodDogwood InitiativeVancouverUS coal sludge through Metro sewerPLEASE HELP KEEP THE SALISH SEA FREE FROM ADDED COAL TOXINS. IT DESTROYS OCEAN LIFE AND OUR FOOD CHAIN.
3/19/2015RobertMcDonaldDogwood InitiativeNanaimoopposition to coal port sewage sludge permit application fraser surrey docksThere is no indication as to what this sludge will consist of. Who in their right mind would sign a blank cheque to a foreign country.Not me and that is a certainty.
3/19/2015laurencegillDogwood InitiativeSurreycoal and sewage?Why should my tax dollars be used to treat sludge for a project I am dead against. They definitely need to treat their sludge so they should build their own treatment plant. Why would I want to subsidize them. Too many freeloaders on our system already.
3/19/2015SusanGarberDogwood InitiativeVancouverKeep U.S. coal out of our sewerI don't want our wastewater system to be polluted with toxins from coal wastewater. We don't know what is used on the coal and whether our sewage plant can filter this out. I don't want our Fraser River or any water system polluted with toxins harmful to people, fish or any living thing.
Do not give a permit to U.S. coal companies. Thank you for caring for our health and environment by denying this permit.
3/19/2015DaneSweeneyDogwood InitiativeGaribaldi highlandsDeny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
They would be flushed into our wastewater system if this permit is approved, and there’s no guarantee the wastewater treatment plant can filter out all that pollution before discharging the water back into the Fraser River. Coal wastewater could threaten public health, fish and the environment.

All along the export route, companies spray chemical surfactants on coal piles to reduce dust
Those chemicals could include environmental toxins and human carcinogens, but we don’t actually know what kinds of chemicals they are or whether they could be cleaned out of the wastewater because the project proponent won’t disclose that information.

Too many questions
Unless Fraser Surrey Docks can prove coal wastewater is safe for our sewer system and the water after treatment is safe for the Fraser River, it should not get a sewage permit. All too often these projects are rushed through at the cost of human and environmental health, but here we have the opportunity for responsible decision-making.
3/19/2015RenieMcCallumDogwood InitiativeCourtenayLiquid Waste PermitWhat a HORRIBLE THING TO DO!! Just think what that waste will do to the fish, shellfish etc.etc.!! as well as the rest of the environment!
3/19/2015IsabelCarsonDogwood InitiativePrince GeorgeHealth for our people and landPlease do not allow this liquid waste permit. It is absolutely too risky. I suggest you review the damage already done from our past experiences of industrial waste.
Thank you, I am hopeful that you will not allow this to occur.
3/19/2015DougKellamDogwood InitiativeVancouverFraser Surrey Docks Sewagebecause of the unknown contaminants that are contained in the coal sludge and the effects that this could have on people and animals in the watershed.
3/19/2015MaggiBereziakDogwood InitiativePowell RiverRequesting a firm denial for the spraying of liquid waste for the Fraser Surrey docksThere are already way too many challenges facing the water quality in waterways and rivers in Vancouver and indeed ,b.c.
This proposal seems not to take the negative impacts into consideration, and
Turns us into repository for waste that the us communities have probably already vetoed
Also aiding and abetting a energy producer who does not particularly adhere to green practice.
3/19/2015kingahayDogwood InitiativeVancouverliquid waste permitplease deny the liquid waste permit for fraser surrey docks
3/19/2015RobinWesleyDogwood InitiativeWest VancouverTREATMENT OF LIQUID WASTE ASSOCIATED WITH COAL SHIPMENTS TO FRASER SURREY DOCKSTHE ULTIMATE DISCHARGE FROM THE SELECTED SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT SHOULD BE TREATED TO REMOVE HEAVY METALS AND CHEMICALS HARMFUL TO HUMANS ANS AQUATIC LIFE AND THE COST OF SUCH TREATMENT MUST BE TO THE ACCOUNT OF THE COMPANIES SHIPPING AND OR OWNING THE COAL SHIPMENTS.
3/19/2015RandyBurkeDogwood InitiativeNorth VancouverFraser Surrey DocksI am writing to voice my opposition to Metro Vancouver providing a Liquid Waste Permit to Fraser Surrey Docks to cover their shipments of thermal coal.

The coal is combined with chemical surfactants in transportation, and includes toxic heavy metals. Vancouver waste treatment facilities are already in need of major upgrades to meet required standards; and in the meantime, discharge significant levels of waste into the Strait of Georgia that should be contained. If the Liquid Waste Permit for Fraser Surrey Docks in effect will mean increased levels of pollution of toxic chemicals and heavy metals into the Strait of Georgia because the waste water treatment facility cannot guarantee complete treatment, then I consider it unsafe to human health and the Strait of Georgia ecosystem (that we all depend on). I respectfully request you deny this permit application.
3/19/2015Richard CharlesLaingDogwood InitiativeSalt Spring Island, B.C.Dumping coal wastewaterThe reasons are obvious - I have a septic tank and septic field and am very careful what goes in it and Metro Vancouver needs to be even more so. Shipping dirty US coal from Fraser Surrey Docks is a very bad idea and dumping the wastewater into the public sewer system and then into the Fraser River where salmon migrate is absolutely irresponsible! Step back and think -Does our generation intend to trash everything?
3/19/2015ElizabethDunnDogwood InitiativeVancouverMy comment on the environmental impact assessment for Fraser Surrey Docks1) The transport of coal through the Metro Vancouver area and our local inland waters will be disastrous for HUMAN HEALTH. All people, young and old, will be affected by the transport of the this toxic coal including its residue and dust. The spray put on the coal is likely very carcinogenic. This will exacerbate medical conditions such as asthma. We do NOT want this in our water system, waters or environment. The rise of cancer in our society is directly connected to the many carcinogenic hazards forced on people. We do not want more carcinogens and these coal shipments would greatly increase the amount of carcinogens people will face. The total cost to public health and safety will be huge if this coal plan goes ahead.
2) Our PUBLIC SAFETY is at risk: we have not been given the information that we would need in order to fully know the extent of the toxic heavy metals that will be discharged into our waters. The likelihood of being able to clean up the toxic mess left by the coal is very small. The companies promoting coal export are in this for their own financial profit. It is appalling that they won't even disclose the information needed to know the chemicals that will be on the coal and therefore be put into our waste water system and into our environment. It is time to say NO to their profit at the expense of PUBLIC SAFETY.
3) Our ENVIRONMENT will be deeply affected by the transport of coal through our land and water areas. It would have a very detrimental effect on wildlife including our hugely important salmon fishery in the Fraser River and surrounding waters. The quality of our air, land and waters will all be affected. Please say NO to allowing coal transport through our area.
4) The transport of coal to foreign markets will also contribute to all the problems connected with CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE BURNING OF FOSSIL FUELS. It is extremely important to consider that it's not only our local people and environment that are affected but also a huge population of other people at the other end that breathe in the coal infected air. The people of China are speaking up loudly enough that their government knows they need to change. The time is NOW to stop our contribution to a problem that is not only local to us here but a huge problem to millions overseas.
3/19/2015brucedewarDogwood InitiativeVancouverDenyU.S. thermal coal is full of toxic heavy metals
3/19/2015JustineSproatDogwood InitiativeVancouverDeny A Liquid Waste permit for Fraser Surrey DocksAs a property owner in Vancouver I would like to register my request to deny a liquid waste permit for Fraser Surrey docks.
This type of facility offers little if any benefit to Vancouver and BC residents and poses a major threats to Vancouver's greatest asset, a clean natural environment. It does not make economic sense to risk Vancouver's reputation of clean waterways. Even without this project, Vancouver's beach already face summer closures due to pollutants. Do Vancouver residents want to be another big industrial city with more industrial pollution? I think not.
3/19/2015CaimenShapiroDogwood InitiativeNanaimocoal wastewater-the excess toxins in this waste water will overload the sewage treatment system.
-tests should be done to see how toxic it is before an agreement is made
3/19/2015CarolGreenwoodDogwood InitiativeVictoriacoal waste from USAWe should not being dealing with chemical coal waste, particularly from the USA
3/19/2015GavinEsdaleDogwood InitiativeAld