Biosolids protest expected to disrupt downtown traffic in Kamloops

Protesters are pictured during occupation of Premier Christy Clark's West Kelowna constituency office, Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

KAMLOOPS - The Nicola Valley biosolids protest is coming to Kamloops this morning, and RCMP are warning there may be traffic disruptions.

Friends of the Nicola Valley are planning a protest today, June 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Victoria Street and Fifth Avenue. It is expected the protest will last several hours as local First Nations communities protest the dumping of treated waste in the Nicola Valley.

The location was chosen because Health Minister Terry Lake and MLA Jackie Tegart will be at a meeting near the downtown corner.

The composting of biosolids has become a controversial issue in the region and the BioCentral compost facility in the Merritt area has been the focus of recent protests. Protestors have set up blockades, stopping many trucks from reaching the disposal site west of Merritt and have also rallied in front of Premier Christy Clark’s office in West Kelowna.

In May the Thompson-Nicola Regional District said it would be looking at what changes could be made to regulations around commercial and agriculture composting. Earlier this week the province announced it would be conducting a review of the practice.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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