So the relocated asphalt plant is to be required to meet the provisions of the B.C. Clean Air Act. A most admirable objective.
Regrettably, the chances of a small batching plant, running intermittently, containing its emissions to the standards necessary for operation next door to a residential area are slim. It's technologically possible, of course. In Europe, multinational companies operate chemical plants of various types in the most unlikely places and I'd bet that in most cases, little chemical or particulate matter would be detectable anywhere outside the perimeter fence. But control of emissions is a highly demanding business. The technological, financial and operational resources needed are extensive. Large chemical multinationals can theoretically do the job. The hurdles faced by small operators trying to achieve the same results are frequently insurmountable. Their pockets are simply not deep enough and the exercise becomes un-economic.
I don't want to get into the nitty gritty of who said what and when, but it is abundantly clear that the local bureaucracy has not covered itself in glory on this occasion. And it is a pity that the reaction of senior officials, as publicly reported, has been to tough it out. A modest mea culpa would have been more appropriate. Nonetheless, the bottom line is quite clear. A residential suburb has been created. This land use is quite incompatible with adjacent operation of an asphalt batching plant. The plant will have to go. The only issue is how and when. Or rather, how and how soon. The RMOW would be well advised to focus its collective intellect on the inevitable solution.
From a future Cheakamus resident: STOP complaining!
My husband and I have been lucky enough to purchase a home in the Cheakamus Crossing community. We realize how lucky we are. We'll be living in one of the most beautiful places in Canada, have access to some of the best recreational activities, and in my eyes our very own luxury condo. All of this at a fair and reasonable price.
We've been given an amazing gift and we're truly thankful! I'd like to think everyone felt this way but all we seem to hear is whining and complaining about the asphalt plant. It was there long before the neighbourhood was built and we all knew about it when we signed the papers and if you didn't, well then you didn't read the contract before signing and you have no one to blame but yourselves.
Stop and look around you. You live in Whistler! WHISTLER! People from all over the world pay thousands of dollars to visit this beautiful place and you're lucky enough to not only call it home but purchase a home here.