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Am I missing something here?

We have heard that it would cost $2 million to move Mr. Silveri's asphalt plant.

Now we are told that he is investing $2 million to bring a mobile asphalt plant to permanently reside at Cheakamus Crossing.

Since the plant is mobile, I suggest it be mobilized right out of town.

An asphalt plant, which gives off eight cancer-causing toxic air pollutants whose long-term effects have not been particularly well studied, has no business anywhere near residents.

Mr. Silveri apparently has stated he has never met anyone who has suffered a problem being close to an asphalt plant.

Maybe those people are now dead. Maybe he would like to recommend that his grandchildren take up residence alongside his plant.

There are numerous cases of governments downplaying the risks of industrial pollution and most often in what would appear to be collusion with the industries, which these governments are trying to maintain for the industrial activity in their respective jurisdictions.

Just (last month we had) the very unfortunate disaster in the Fukushima nuclear facility with the Japanese government not informing its own citizens of the inherent risk of spreading radiation in a timely fashion.

For those that are not old enough to remember, or council members who have chosen to forget, try Googling the following: Hooker Chemical and the Love Canal, Union Carbide and Bhopal, India, Chisso Corporation and Minamata, Japan, Grassy Narrows and Dryden Chemical and finally the Quebec Government and Asbestos Exports.

In each case the long-term problems of unborn fetuses, toddlers and long-term residents exposed to the chemicals from these plants have occurred years down the road with horrific consequences.

Let's just examine one example close to home: Among the people who had levels below Health Canada Guidelines for mercury poisoning at Grassy Lake, Ontario in 1975, 89 per cent were diagnosed with Minamata Disease or possible Minamata Disease in 2004.

Of those who had levels above the safe levels in 1974, none were alive in 2004, making long term studies of the after effects of mercury poisoning on the human body over extended periods somewhat inconsequential.

So getting back to Whistler, can anyone tell me why moving the asphalt plant 150 metres is going to solve anything - how can our so called "green mayor" call it a victory to now have an "improved asphalt plant" moved just 150 metres further from young families.

Even from an economic rationale the municipality should not buy into this, as the municipality cannot now sell its own townhouses or its property in Cheakamus, which are designated to pay off Olympic dreams and debts. Ignoring the health risk to those that bought in Cheakamus and the liability from those sales, simply the rationale of getting rid of the municipality's properties means we should get rid of the asphalt plant as soon as possible.

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