LETTER: Stench at French Creek demand political action

Re: Odors emanating from the French Creek sewage treatment plant.

My wife and I have lived in the area since 2003 and, as most people in Qualicum Beach and Parksville, we frequently travel Highway 19A past the sewage treatment plant at Lee Road.

There has always been an intermittent odor issue at this location, but this past winter has seen this as a daily unbearable problem with no relief.

There must be health implications regarding this matter.

Past elected officials have insulted us by telling us that it is the temporary stench of “herring roe.” You can fool some of the people some of the time…

That time has passed and everyone involved with this sewage treatment plant needs to step up and be accountable.

The demand is that the public needs to be informed on what is being done toward a solution to this problem and individual elected officials need to come forward and relay a commitment to remedy this issue in a timely matter.

An election is upcoming and each and every elected official in this jurisdiction needs to stand up and let the voters know where they stand and what their proposed timeline is to resolve this issue.

Our towns spend a lot of money to garner revenue from tourists. A drive past the sewage treatment plant destroys everything our communities have worked so hard to achieve.

Chris Berndt

Qualicum Beach

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