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No long-term negative effects from Squamish dock fire, says report

Vancouver: The Squamish Terminals dock fire that burned for three days in mid April, left no long-term negative effects on air and water quality, according to a news release by the terminals.

It cited Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) which endorsed the monitoring report on the fire, a report conducted by Envirochem Services.

Fuelled by creosote-covered pilings, the intense fire forced the evacuation of the workforce from the Terminals, which are located north of Vancouver, British Columbia. There were no serious injuries.

The report concluded that there was no evident risk of “contamination of soil or vegetation” nor of “unacceptable air quality or risk for adverse exposure at sensitive receptor locations monitored downwind of the fire.”

Clean-up of debris from the fire is complete but it will be some time before the extensively damage dock can be replaced, said a terminals spokesman.

The Terminals has hired a consultant to do a long-term investigation of the marine environment to look for evidence of any impact from the fire. The results of that study will be made public, said a Terminals spokesperson.


Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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