by Roger Knox – Vernon Morning Star

Posted Mar 9, 2014 at 1:00 AM – The Township of Spallumcheen has entered into a memorandum of understanding with a local company to purchase carbon offsets.

A one-year deal has been reached with Passive Remediation Systems Ltd. Carbon offsets includes things like planting trees to replace ones chopped down. The chopped trees are taken to a plant and converted into wood chips.“We will purchase offsets from Passive Remediation Systems as long as the offsets offered are accepted by the Green Communities committee and an agreement to finalize and purchase and sale agreement for the offsets is reached,” said township chief financial officer Brian Freeman-Marsh.

The Green Communities committee reviews and determines if the offsets offered in the market meet the province’s requirements.The committee won’t do such work unless a provider has an MOU with local government to purchase offsets.

The final Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program report, which looks at municipalities’ carbon neutrality in 2013, had to be submitted by Friday to be eligible for a carbon tax rebate. In 2013, Spallumcheen emitted 315.8 tonnes of carbon, down from the previous year. Freeman-Marsh anticipated the township will receive about $12,000 for its rebate.

Master Plan

The township hopes to get together with the City of Armstrong to discuss master sewer plan opportunities, similar to the deal the neighbors reached over water. Council is currently reviewing the city’s master sewer plan.“The potential is there for the township to do as much as we did with water initiatives by discussing this matter,” said Spallumcheen administrator Greg Betts. “The ponds and many of the works are already in Spallumcheen. There is a need for more effluent and there’s probably a demand in the township.” Council voted unanimously to direct staff to start discussions with Armstrong staff.

Passive Remediation Systems Ltd. (PRSI) is a recognized leading bioremediation company that specializes in the use of rhizoremediation and phytoremediation techniques. PRSI provides government and private sector with cost-effective turnkey real world green solutions to pollution challenges that result in the recapture of property values and ongoing revenue streams

For further information please contact:

Dave Derbowka | Chief Executive Officer

Passive Remediation Systems Ltd.
We Clean Air, Water & Soil
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