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7 November 2003 garbage leachate spill letters

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E-mail letters regarding the November 13, 2003 leaking Vancouver City garbage truck. I could not believe what was admitted in the letter from the Sanitation Operations Department.

November 13, 2003 garbage leachate spill
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On November 13, 2003 I sent the following letter to Doug Roberts of the Environmental Protection department of Vancouver City Hall:
 
SUBJECT:  City garbage truck spilled this mess at the corner of Georgia and Salsbury Streets.
 
Approximately 11:45 AM today the City of Vancouver garbage truck for this area traveled west on the 1800 block E. Georgia Street leaking garbage leachate/hopper juice on to the street as he drove along. I was working outside and saw the truck leaking and raised my voice to let him know that he had a leak.
The driver leaned out of the truck and asked if he was leaking, I raised my voice again and let him know he was leaking. The man on the back of the truck told the driver to just go and that's what they did. There is a group of city workers that are laying down a new water pipeline along Georgia Street. As the pictures I am sending in the attachment show  this spill happened right in front of three city workers. I went and spoke to a man called Brian Birch, the supervisor of the workers on site. I spoke with each person about what they saw and showed them where the spill had occurred. I told them when that stuff dries it becomes part of the fine particulate matter that is in the air. I told them that stuff is very bad for their health.
So after attempting to ensure we stop being poisoned by the release of garbage leachate into our environment for almost thirteen years all that is happening is each governmental department is washing its hands, whether it is responsible or not. There is lots of passing the problem elsewhere. The result of all this inaction is the further release of garbage leachate for many years.
We can look at many of the health problems we have now and know that a portion of those problems have happened because of the release of the poisons that are in garbage leachate.
The disappearance and death of marine life gives us warnings that something is wrong. The people in this country will follow the fate of marine life unless we investigate and correct the problem of allowing the release of garbge leachate on to unsuspecting communities.
PLEASE FIX THIS ISSUE OF RELEASE OF GARBAGE LEACHATE ON TO THE STREETS OF OUR CITIES. FIND OUT WHAT EXACTLY HAS BEEN DONE TO US BY CLOSE CONTACT WITH THIS TOXIC SUBSTANCE OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. STOP THIS FROM CONTINUING TO HAPPEN TO US.
I SENT A COPY OF THIS LETTER TO:
ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT IN THE CANADIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT,
ALL OF THE B.C. MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY,
THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION,
THE G.V.R.D.,
VANCOUVER MAYOR AND CITY COUNCILLORS,
THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION,
OTHER RELATED AREAS AND ORGANIZATIONS
ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2003 VANCOUVER CITY HALL, SANITATION OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT WROTE:
 
MS. GUDMUNDSON;
WE HAVE INVESTIGATED YOUR COMPLAINT AND REPORT BACK TO YOU AS FOLLOWS.
THE SANITATION BRANCH OF ENGINEERING SERVICES HAS BEEN TRYING DILIGENTLY TO AVOID ANY SUCH SPILLS ESPECIALLY IN THE VICINITY OF THE COMPLAINANT. TO HELP MINIMIZE THIS ISSUE, WE HAVE HAD THE PLUGS IN PLACE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PACKER HOPPERS DURING THE WARMER MONTHS. FOR THE RAINY SEASON (IE NOW) WE HAVE HAD THE PLUGS REMOVED SO THAT LARGE BASINS OF WATER DO NOT ACCUMMULATE AT THE REAR OF THE PACKERS IN THE HOPPERS. SUCH BASINS OF WATER WOULD CREATE A WORSE SITUATION IN TERMS OF BOTH SPILLAGES ONTO CITY STREETS (ESPECIALLY ON PACKER TURNS) AND SPLASHING EMPLOYEES STANDING AT THE REAR OF THE PACKER.
IN THE CASE OF YOUR ISSUE ON NOVEMBER 13, 2003 IN THE VICINITY OF YOUR RESIDENCE WE HAVE ALSO TRIED TO SERVICE THAT AREA WITH AN EMPTY, OR NEAR EMPTY PACKER, TO ABSOLUTLEY MINIMIZE ON LEACHATE TYPE SPILLAGES. TO OUR CREDIT, THERE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A GOOD RESULT BASED UPON THE NON COMPLAINT HISTORY HERE FOR MANY MONTHS UNTIL YESTERDAY. BASED UPON THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS YOU FORWARDED, THE REPORTED SPILL DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE SUBSTANTIAL.
ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES ON THE SUBJECT GARBAGE TRUCK YESTERDAY ALSO SPOKE TO YOU JUST AFTER THE ISSUE TOOK PLACE. HE ADVISED THAT IT WAS MOSTLY WATER THAT SPILLED OUT AS HE HAD JUST DUMPED TWO CANS WHICH WERE PARTIALLY FILLED WITH WATER. IT WAS REPORTED THAT YOU APPRECIATED THE FEEDBACK FROM OUR EMPLOYEE.
OUR BRANCH IS REVIEWING IT'S PLANS HERE WITH THE CREW AND THE FOREMEN TO TRY OUR BEST TO ENSURE THAT NO MORE SPILLAGES OCCUR. THIS TYPE OF AN ISSUE IS UNFORTUNATELY NOT A PURE SCIENCE AS YOU UNDERSTAND, SO WE STILL ARE LOOKING TOWARDS THE TECHNOLOGY ITSELF TO IMPROVE OVER TIME WITH A VIEW TOWARDS ULTIMATE NO SPILLAGE WHATSOEVER. AUTOMATED GARBAGE AND YARD TRIMMINGS COLLECTIONS, WHICH ARE GOING TO BE CONSIDERED BY CITY COUNCIL EARLY NEXT YEAR, SHOULD HELP IN THAT REGARD ( EG. THE LARGE NEW 'CANS' WOULD HAVE A MUCH MORE SECURE TOP, CUTTING BACK CONSIDERABLY ON RAIN WATER SEEPAGE INTO RESIDENTS CANS HOLDING THE GARBAGE AND YARD TRIMMINGS).
 
 
THIS E-MAIL WAS  FROM THE SANITATION OPERATIONS BRANCH OF THE ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF VANCOUVER.
 
 
 
 

ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2003,  I WROTE THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO THE SANITATIONS OPERATIONS BRANCH OF THE ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF VANCOUVER.
 
AS STATED IN THE LETTER I SENT TO DOUG ROBERTS AND DAVE RUDBERG, THE LAST TIME I SAW A VANCOUVER CITY GARBAGE TRUCK LEAKING ON TO CITY STREETS WAS A FEW YEARS AGO. I MUST SAY FROM WHAT I HAVE 'SEEN' PRIOR TO THE SPILL ON NOVEMBER 13, 2003, THE PEOPLE WORKING IN THE CITY TRUCK  HAVE ATTEMPTED TO KEEP A LEAK FREE VEHICLE . THIS IS THE REASON I DID NOT CALL THE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE  UNIT OF THE VANCOUVER POLICE DEPARTMENT.
I AM CONCERNED WHEN I HEAR YOU SAY THAT THE GARBAGE TRUCK DRIVER " HAS BEEN TRYING DILIGENTLY TO AVOID ANY  SUCH SPILLS ESPECIALLY IN THE VICINITY OF THE COMPLAINANT." I HAD BELIEVED THE VANCOUVER CITY GARBAGE TRUCK EMPLOYEES WERE AVOIDING ANY SUCH SPILL IN ANY AREA OF THE CITY OF VANCOUVER.
YOU STATED IN YOUR LETTER DATED NOVEMBER 14, 2003 THAT "ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES ON THE SUBJECT GARBGE TRUCK SPOKE TO ME JUST AFTER THE ISSUE TOOK PLACE." THIS DID NOT HAPPEN. AFTER  I BROUGHT THE LEAK TO THE ATTENTION OF THE EMPLOYEES ON THE TRUCK THE EMPLOYEE ON THE BACK OF THE TRUCK TOLD THE DRIVER TO JUST DRIVE AND THAT IS WHAT HE DID. HOW COULD I HAVE APPRECIATED THE FEEDBACK FROM YOUR EMPLOYEE ON THE TRUCK  WHEN  I  NEVER SPOKE TO EITHER OF THEM.
I DID HOWEVER SPEAK TO BRIAN BIRCH THE SUPERVISOR OF THE CITY EMPLOYEES IN THE PICTURES I SENT. THESE EMPLOYEES WERE GONE FROM THE SITE BEFORE I FINISHED TAKING THE PICTURES, AS THE LAST PHOTO SHOWED. THAT SPILL OF GARBAGE LEACHATE WAS SPREAD EVERYWHERE ON THE CORNER BY VEHICLES DRIVING THROUGH IT. PEOPLE AND THEIR PETS WALKED AND RODE THEIR BICYCLES THROUGH IT. EVERYWHERE THAT TRUCK TRAVELED WAS AFFECTED BY THIS LEAK. EACH TIME THIS TRUCK STOPPED A SMALL PUDDLE OF GARBAGE LEACHATE WAS LEFT LIKE THE ONE IN THE PICTURES I SENT YOU.
IN YOUR LETTER TO ME YOU STATED THAT " DURING THE RAINY SEASON YOU HAVE THE PLUGS REMOVED SO THAT LARGE  'BASINS' OF WATER DO NOT ACCUMULATE AT THE REAR OF THE PACKERS IN THE HOPPERS. SUCH BASINS OF WATER WOULD CREATE A WORSE SITUATION IN TERMS OF BOTH SPILLAGES ONTO CITY STREETS (ESPECIALLY ON PACKER TURNS) AND SPLASHING EMPLOYEES STANDING AT THE REAR OF THE PACKER."
IS THIS HOW YOU CONTAIN THE GARBAGE LEACHATE SO IT WILL NOT BE SPREAD ALL OVER THE STREETS OF VANCOUVER?
YOU KEEP REFERRING TO THE FLUID IN THE BACK OF THE CITY GARBAGE TRUCKS AS WATER. SORRY THIS FLUID IS NOT WATER AND YOU KNOW IT. IT IS WHY YOU DO NOT WANT THIS FLUID TO SPLASH  YOUR EMPLOYEES. ONCE THIS GARBAGE GETS MIXED WITH WATER AND THEN PRESSED AND SQUEEZED OUT, OVER AND OVER AGAIN , IT CHANGES THE FLUID FROM WATER TO GARBAGE LEACHATE. THE BACTERIA, VIRUSES, PARASITES, MOLDS AND FUNGI, CHEMICAL COMBINATIONS AND WHATEVER ELSE THAT ARE IN THE GARBAGE ITSELF LEACH OUT OF THE GARBAGE AND BECOME PART OF THE PROPERTIES IN THE FLUID THE GARBAGE IS MIXED WITH WHEN COMPACTED AND PRESSED OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THIS IS WHY YOU DO NOT WANT THIS FLUID TO SPLASH ON YOUR EMPLOYEES AND RIGHTFULLY SO.

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