Thursday, June 9, 2016


It is my belief that Chemtura Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Environment are in desperate straits. CPAC have painted them both into a corner and that corner is the south-east corner of their site in Elmira. Being full partners they are still having a difficult sell even to complacent bureaucrats and government workers who have seen it all. Uniroyal's Indemnity is for known contamination as of 1991. It just plain doesn't cover unknown contamination at the time such as the eastwards flow of both surface and groundwater onto the Stroh property and then into the Canagagigue Creek. The Stroh Drain may have been built around 1985 but the M.O.E. claimed they didn't know about it until 2014 and they sure as hell aren't ever going to come clean on that one.

The second issue which is killing them is the downstream Canagagigue with both sediments and floodplain soils in excess of all known standards and criteria for Dioxins/Furans and DDT. Then just to tip the M.O.E. past the point of insanity let's start talking about the mercury and P.C.B.s in the creek sediments. Even if you know where they came from they must be included in any pending Mickey Mouse Risk Assessments planned by the M.O.E. and Chemtura.

Here are a couple of Big Lies that Chemtura and the M.O.E. are currently trying to sell. Firstly that it's O.K. not to test either soil or groundwater along a 175 metre stretch of their south-east corner because allegedly it's all high ground and surface toxic liquids couldn't have flowed off-site eastwards in that area. The problem is twofold in that it isn't remotely all high ground there and secondly that still leaves shallow groundwater flow into the below ground surface Stroh Drain.

The second Big Lie is that there are but two hot spots in the downstream Canagagigue Creek. When you only test two sites near Chemtura and only two more over the five mile stretch of creek down to the Grand River then you don't nearly have enough different locations to accurately know the overall state of the creek's sediments. Secondly when you can't even be bothered to test all four of these locations on an ongoing basis over time then you cannot make any valid conclusions regarding "hot spots' or much else. These deficiencies and much more were pointed out to the M.O.E. by myself and the last CPAC when the 2012-2014 reports were handed out.

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