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Opponents of Texada coal plan are watching bylaw dispute

A group opposed to shipping coal from Fraser Surrey Docks to Texada Island says it’s keeping a close eye on a dispute over a bylaw ticket.
Fraser Surrey Docks is going to court to fight a ticket issued in 2013 under Metro Vancouver’s air quality bylaws.  FSD’s lawyers are questioning Metro’s authority to regulate air quality.
The ticket was for soybean dust, but Kevin Washbrook of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change says it has implications for the coal plan
“Fraser Surrey Dock’s challenge of Metro Vancouver’s authority raises fundamental questions,” he says. “Who will manage the cumulative impact of port land developments on air quality and public health? Who gets to decide what level of health risk is acceptable to our communities? Will it be our elected representatives, through our regional government, or an unaccountable, federally appointed Port Authority that thinks only in terms of ‘facilitating trade?'”

Local governments and First Nations on the Sunshine Coast have come out against Fraser Surrey Docks’ plan.

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