NDP MPs Jinny Sims and Jasbir Sandhu present petitions to the House of Commons calling for environmental review of proposed coal port expansion

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Ottawa: NDP MPs for Surrey, Jasbir Sandhu (Surrey North) and Jinny Sims (Newton-North

Delta), presented petitions to the House of Commons today regarding proposal by the Fraser

Surrey Docks to increase coal. These petitions call for a comprehensive third-party health impact

assessment of the project. “The health and well-being of our communities should be a priority

in all political decisions. It is my privilege to ensure that this is taken into consideration by the

federal government,” says Sandhu. The petitions are the result of work done by local community

organizations concerned about the impacts that this project will have on the environment and

the health of those living along the proposed route. Says Sims, “In meetings with concerned

citizens, I have heard worries about air quality, coal dust and other potential environmental

impacts. I join them in this request for a third party assessment of the health impacts of this

project and look forward to the response of the Government to this request.”