Public meetings to fight garbage plans:

 June 25, 7 p.m. at the Coast Plaza Hotel, 1763 Comox St.

Metro Vancouver is looking to implement a waste-to-energy strategy in January after its plans of building a new landfill in the Interior met with aboriginal opposition.

The new plan Metro is putting forward would shut down the Vancouver-owned Burns Bog landfill by 2020 — 17 years before its permit runs out — by building up to six Lower Mainland incinerators to manage garbage.

Abbotsford Coun. Patricia Ross is against the notion, saying that incinerators will send emissions up the Fraser Valley to become trapped by the mountains, polluting air in the area.

"Our biggest concern in the Fraser Valley is our airshed," Ross said yesterday "We live it, we breathe it, we see it every day."

"Waste energy is the worst possible solution for this particular airshed. Even if you believe it is an acceptable solution for certain areas, even the consultants that came out for Metro Vancouver said you have to be location-specific."

Public meeting to fight Metro Van garbage incinerator plan.

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