June 2013

BSCSF Final Report

SSCAS with the support of Ministry of Environment (MoE), invited a group of stakeholders from various levels of government, civil society, First Nations and the private sector to form an advisory group to develop a vision of how the region could reduce biomass burning causing harmful emissions. The Advisory Group envisions a future in which burning and smoke emissions are minimized, and biomass- notably woody residues and backyard debris- are utilized to the benefit of airshed communities, local economies and the environment.

Through the implementation of the recommendations and actions, the objectives presented below can be achieved. This will ensure that the region is a leader in reducing smoke emissions, and using biomass innovatively towards the provision of economic, social and environmental benefits.

Objective 1- Reduce the amount of biomass disposed of through burning, notably forestry wood residues, as well as land clearing and garden debris, while ensuring appropriate fire hazard abatement can occur.

Objective 2- Apply appropriate technology and burn control methods to unavoidable burns, in order to reduce smoke emissions and human exposure to smoke emissions.

This BSCSF will adhere to existing regulations, notably the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation and Waste Discharge Regulation, as well as Wildfire Regulations and local burning and waste management bylaws and policies.  It will build on previous plans, notably the BC Smoke Management Framework, and incorporate some of the aims and objectives of the BC Energy Plan, SLRD Energy Resilience Task Force Report and various Municipal Solid Waste Management Plans.  However, it will provide local context in order to adequately frame its regionally specific recommendations, providing more depth and specificity than provincial plans and strategies. This will ensure the BSCSF is tailored to the Sea-to-Sky Airshed and relevant for stakeholders.

That framework is now complete, although it is intended to be a living document open to changes suggested by stakeholders.