South Cariboo chief calls for biosolids moratorium

By James Peters
February 14, 2016 - 2:58pm

JESMOND, B.C. — A South Cariboo chief is calling for a moratorium on the transport of biosolids in his First Nation's territory after a truck crash earlier this month resulted in a biosolid spill into a creek bed.

Canoe Creek/Dog Creek Chief Patrick Harry says provincial legislation treats biosolids like other agricultural fertilizers, but his community is not comfortable with the information it has around the substances.

Harry says the February 4 crash into Big Bar Creek should not have happened.

"This is really a wakeup for the resident of the Big Bar area, our First Nation," said Harry. "We already let them know that they better start looking for a new site because we're not going to allow any more biosolids to be transported through our territory."

The biosolids were being trucked from a sewage plant in West Kelowna to the OK Ranch when the crash happened.

Harry says municipalities need to find another way to dispose of their waste.

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