NEW: Read the Vancouver Sun Op-ed by Professor Michael Brauer and Dr Chris Carlsten on the need for a comprehensive health impact assessment of coal export expansion.
NEW: Backgrounder to BC Health Minister Terry Lake on the need for a health impact assessment of the Fraser Surrey Docks – Texada coal export project, by Laura Benson, Dogwood Initiative.
The public demands open and transparent assessment of the potential health and environmental impacts of coal export expansion. For this to happen, these principles must be upheld:
- The assessment must be INDEPENDENT. The Port Authority must work with our Medical Health Officers and Regional Governments to chose an appropriate consultant.
- The assessment must be COMPREHENSIVE. It must consider
- impacts from transport of coal by rail
- impacts from transport of coal by barge
- impacts on the Strait of Georgia and Texada Island
- cumulative impacts from all coal export expansion proposals, including Neptune and Westshore Terminals.
- The assessment must be TRANSPARENT. The terms of reference, scope and supporting documents must all be made available in a timely fashion.
- The assessment must be DEMOCRATIC. Our Medical Health Officers, local and regional governments and the public must all be allowed to contribute in a meaningful way.
Key Questions to be answered in comprehensive health and environmental impact assessments of coal export expansion
— Dr. Frank James, Medical Health Officer, San Juan County WA
For further background on EIA/HIA best practices, go here.
To see which local and regional governments have called for the comprehensive and transparent assessment of coal export risks, go here.