Monday, January 16, 2017


In the spring of 2012 CPAC passed a Resolution stating that they believed that the 2028 deadline for cleanup of the Elmira Aquifers was unattainable via the course that Chemtura and the M.O.E. were on. Woolwich Township Council endorsed that Resolution and sent it on to the province of Ontario. Chemtura and the Ministry of Environment vehemently denied it stating that everything was on track. Six months later Chemtura's consultants, Conestoga Rovers (CRA), dramatically changed course. They stated that their latest calculations indicated that in order to achieve cleanup to drinking water standards, they would need to both TRIPLE the amount of off-site aquifer pumping and treating as well as to use In Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) to more quickly remediate hot spots in the off Chemtura site aquifers. In the interim four years and one month CRA now GHD, finally promised that all treatment and pumping upgrades to now achieve a DOUBLING of the pumping rate would be accomplished by the fall of 2016.

Well since last September I've been patiently waiting. Chemtura have already lied multiple times from their initial lying that all was on track to their reduction from TRIPLE to DOUBLE the volume of pumping. ISCO appears to have disappeared from the plans after Dr. Jackson explained the amateurishness of Chemtura's pilot tests with it. What is one more lie? It's not as if it should ever have taken four years plus to build the necessary upgrades in the first place. Skyscrapers have been built in less time. The December 2016 Chemtura Progress Report is out and while pumping rates have been very good the last couple of years in comparison since 1998; they are nowhere even close to DOUBLE what they were in 2012.

One further comment regarding this most recent Progress Report. On page four GHD finally confirm that the Surficial Aquifer (SA) in Chemtura's north-east corner flows eastwards onto their neighbour's property. However their Figure D.1 shows it still flowing westwards based on the usual suspect four data points only. What a "progress" Report. What a company.

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