Get your waste out of here

The First Nation community southeast of Williams Lake is calling for an immediate moratorium on the transportation of biosolids through its territory.

Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation are calling for action after a truck hauling biosolids to OK Ranch caught fire, spilling biosolids on the road and surrounding landscape eight days ago.

This is the second spill in the region this year.

In February, a semi operated by an RDCO contractor, overturned on icy roads.

“Hauling biosolids poses a serious threat to our waters, lands and our Title and Rights,” said SXFN Chief Patrick Harry.

“This spill is yet another example of the threat sewer sludge poses to our people, our land and our waters. Until we see a proper response from the Province there can be no further transportation of biosolids through our territory.”

Harry said the latest spill highlights ongoing calls from Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups to end the transportation of biosolids in British Columbia’s interior.

Since March 2015 groups have been calling for an end to the practice because of concerns about health and safety issues for humans and the environment.

“We expect the Province to sit down with us on a nation-to-nation basis to address our concerns,” said Chief Harry. “The hauling needs to stop until real measures are in place to protect our lands and waters.”

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