A group of Dallas residents is meeting with MLAs Friday, May 13, hoping to get more than sympathy for their ongoing worries about a biosolids mixing operation above their homes.
Their troubles were exacerbated on Wednesday, May 11, by a silt-bluff landslide and runoff they’re convinced was caused by irrigation of fields treated with Class B biosolids.
The latest problems arose when there was no rain, leading them to wonder what might happen when heavy seasonal rains arrive. Silt-laden water was running through Kokanee Court, a subdivision at Dallas Drive and Kokanee Way, in two locations.
“There was no rain whatsoever,” said one resident, blaming the runoff on irrigation pipes at Blackwell Dairy Farm.
A Kamloops Fire Rescue truck along with City officials responded to the drainage issue Thursday. A protection officer with B.C. Ministry of Environment also visited the site.
The farm has leased part of its pasture to Arrow Transportation, which has been mixing biosolids on the site for the past two years. Residents have approached the City and provincial government ministries for more than a year with complaints about health effects they attribute to the biosolids operation. Unable to get any government to address the problem, some residents have given up lobbying.
On Friday, a resident noted that the runoff, which he suspects may contain biosolids leachate, drains directly into the South Thompson River, the City’s main water supply.
Alan Dubbs says:
May 15, 2016 08:00pm
myra dotson says:
May 15, 2016 02:43pm
Gary Chandler says:
May 15, 2016 11:36am
Caroline Snyder says:
May 14, 2016 11:20am
May 13, 2016 09:33pm
Molly-beth Wilson says:
May 14, 2016 05:07pm
Vancouver is moving it's crap ..literally ,up here!!!
May 14, 2016 02:07pm
May 14, 2016 10:54am
Let’s just take a minute to think about what biosolids are. Think about the soap, body wash, etc. that goes down the drain when you shower. Think about your kitchen sink, your dishwasher, laundry, all the detergents, bleach, fabric softener. Think about what you put down the toilet. Think for a minute about what goes into drain from your hair dresser, mechanics shop, laundromat. Think about what industries , manufacturing and hospitals put down their drains. When the water is filtered and cleaned, and put back in rivers and oceans what is left behind? De-watered sludge. It is then heated in an attempt to kill pathogens, and suddenly, biosolids – an excellent fertilizer for farm land! Does heating up sewer sludge take out all the chemicals, soaps etc.? How could it possibly? Once it is mixed with some sand and sawdust how on earth does it magically become “organic topsoil”, biosolids are banned in organic farming for goodness sakes. Biosolids dumping is prohibited in our oceans, lakes and rivers, how then can it possibly be good for the soil?
No small wonder the people living in close proximity to this operation are concerned, we should all be.