LETTER: District energy proposal more harm than good

Reader Garry Meadows says Nelson's plan to burn wood waste will create more greenhouse gases.

I have been a resident of Nelson for 12 years. It is a beautiful place to live and a great place for my grandkids to grow up.

I am very concerned about city council moving ahead with the proposal to burn wood in this valley. I believe when you burn something you have fire. When you have fire you have carbon dioxide emissions. Not sure where council figures it will reduce greenhouse gases. Even if this burner is 75 per cent efficient, which I doubt it will be, that means that 25 per cent going into the air.

We have all seen what it is like when the mountain was burning. Myself, I don’t want to breathe that all day like Castlegar and Trail do, with their chimneys spewing out smoke 24/7.

They say the reason they are doing this is to get rid of local wood waste. Not sure why it cannot be taken to Castlegar to be made into paper, a useful product.

I don’t think council has taken into account how may semi trucks burning diesel coming into town will be needed to drop off product. How much pollution is that?

I have to laugh when they say it is not costing us anything, we are going to get a grant. Were do they think grant money comes from?

If Nelson really wants to be “green,” use the power they produce from their own generation station, produced by crystal clear water. Not smoke.

Garry Meadows, Nelson

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