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Report says incinerator not a polluter
Metro Vancouver's waste-to-energy incinerator in Burnaby isn't polluting the air, says an environmental monitoring report.
Continuous monitoring of emissions at the South Burnaby facility, as well as manual spot testing of the plant's smoke stack found it contributed only .003 per cent of total fine particles emitted into the air in the Lower Fraser Valley, which stretches from Metro Vancouver to the Fraser Valley Regional District and south to Whatcom County in Washington State. That's well within provincial regulatory requirements, something the incinerator has been able to achieve throughout its 25 years said Metro Vancouver Board chair Greg Moore.
"It's performance has improved over time due to continuous operational improvements and frequent upgrades of emission control systems," he said.
The incinerator burns about 280,000 tonnes of waste each year, creating steam to generate electricity to power 16,000 homes.
The full report, as well as current readings from a network of 27 air monitoring stations that stretch from Hope to Horseshoe Bay can be found at www.metrovancouver.org.