The Future of Chlorine Production at Chemtrade

Update June 19, 2024:

New article about the risks and benefits of the Chemtrade lease extension. This was locally written and will also appear in the July Blueridge Bulletin.

Update June 4, 2024:

North Shore News article about Chemtrade meetings on June 6, along with additional information about their plans to reduce chlorine stored on site.

Update May 31, 2024:

Chemtrade has a new website related to their lease extension efforts:

Update May 28, 2024:

Chemtrade had released several documents:

In addition to those sources, these news articles discuss the issue in depth:

Update May 22, 2024:

There will be two meetings about Chemtrade and their lease extension:

Where: Holiday Inn at 700 Lillooet Rd
When: Thursday, June 6, 2024
Times: 2 – 4 PM  and 6 – 8 PM.

The information presented at these meetings will be the same. The first half will be unstructured, with information stations and the ability to ask questions. The second half will include a presentation and take questions from the audience.

These meetings are sponsored by Chemtrade.

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First published May 20, 2024:

Many Blueridge residents may not know that the Chemtrade facility at 100 Amherst Avenue produces much of the chlorine sold and used in Western Canada. Chlorine gas is a toxic chemical that can cause severe injury or death if someone is exposed to too much of it.

A recent article in the North Shore News discussed the issues around the renewal of the lease for the land where Chemtrade sits. It includes comments from Blueridge resident Graham Gilley, who is familiar with the plant and the risks it presents.

Mayor Little discussed this issue at the BCA’s AGM on May 14th, and mentioned that there are various pros and cons to the presence of this plant:

  • Chlorine is highly toxic, and a spill comes with risks to everyone nearby.
  • Simply being close to the plant raises insurance costs for those around it.
  • Chemtrade pays substantial taxes to the District, but those have to be compared with the tax revenue provided by whatever would take its place should the plant shut down.
  • The single largest (indirect) customer of Chemtrade is Metro Vancouver, which uses chlorine to sterilize the water we drink. If Chemtrade were to leave the facility, that chlorine would have to come from some other place, and likely be shipped in via train.

Mayor Little indicated there will be ways for residents to express their concerns about the potential renewal of the lease, but dates are not yet available as of this writing.

One note not mentioned in the above linked NSN article, on November 1, 2023 there was a false alarm about a chlorine leak at the Chemtrade facility.

This page will be updated with additional information about the Chemtrade lease negotiation (and opportunities for public input on that topic) as it becomes available.