Province names polluters 

Three operations in the Sea-to-Sky region – including the Village of Pemberton – were named as being in non-compliance with B.C.’s Waste Management Act.

Continental Pole Ltd. of Mount Currie and Copper Beach Estates Ltd. of Britannia Beach were also among the 77 operations across the province that were listed in a report released Aug. 9 by the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection

The report names operations that fail to meet the provincial government’s environmental protection standards.

The Village of Pemberton was cited for exceeding its effluent-flow limit by 41 per cent during two-thirds of the times it was tested.

According to the report, Pemberton also failing to submit accurate data about its municipal sewage system.

The report noted that Pemberton has tried to remedy the situation by hiring a consultant to study possible upgrades to the village’s sewage treatment system.

This is the sixth time the Village of Pemberton has been on the non-compliance report.

Continental Pole Ltd. was listed for going over the number of days it was permitted to burn woodwaste in its incinerator.

The Mount Currie company also failed to submit its burn records and waste management plans to the ministry.

This is the first time the company has appeared in the report.

Copper Beach Estates Ltd. was named – for the 13th time – in the report due to acid-mine drainage problems at its Britannia Beach property.

According to the report, the company has failed to collect and treat the toxic runoff. A legal investigation is underway.

A settlement between CBE and the provincial government was reached in May 2001 that requires the company to pay $34-million in remediation costs. A treatment plant is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2002.

The report covers an 18-month period from October 1999 to April 2001.

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