Residents of south Langley are up in arms over two manufacturing plants located a few blocks away in Surrey’s Campbell Heights neighborhood.
The Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association is raising the alarm over applications from Weir Canada and Ebco Metal Finishing for air quality permits from Metro Vancouver.
Association president Wayne Crossen says residents are concerned about possible toxic emissions.
“Pollution doesn’t really respect any fences.”
The application originally stated the plants would output 42 tonnes of emissions per year, later revised to 2.49 tonnes after negotiation with the community association.
However, Crossen says they still haven’t gone far enough.
“I think it’s time that we as citizens insist that we have a zero pollution tolerance for anything coming out of these manufacturing plants in the Surrey border.”
The community association’s concerned hazardous chemicals will be emitted from the plants.
They believe those hazardous chemicals could have adverse effects on nearby properties, including farmland, a river, and East Kensington Elementary school.