A CN Rail site used to chip old rail ties is causing a stir in Richmond.
A business owner right across the street from it says he and others are raising health concerns over chemicals and pollution.
Gilbert Chang owns a shipping business on Number 5 Road.
He’s worried about creosote in rail ties, a cancerous chemical – and its impact on the public’s health.
“On the days that they mulch, you can smell the chemical smell of the preservatives they use for the rail ties.”
Chang has raised the issue with the City of Richmond, and Metro Vancouver
“It could literally take years, before they have the power to stop CN.”
The City of Richmond says it’s reached out to CN for testing, but have not been granted access.
However, the City’s Ted Townsend says the company has been cooperative with other issues.
“They’ve addressed one of our major concerns – which was fire safety issues, and they’ve also put in dust mitigation measures.”
Metro Vancouver says it’s also in talks with the railway company.
In a statement, CN Rail says it’s not aware of any requests, but it’s been in contact with both Metro Vancouver and Richmond.
CN also says the chipping program is provided by a third-party company.