Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Well we now have the Minutes of the last two Tag meetings namely February 2 and 16, 2017. While including the year might seem redundant when you are dealing with the likes of Chemtura and the Ontario Ministry of Environment (M.O.E.); it is not. Recently we received comments from the M.O.E. regarding the last two Annual Monitoring Reports because they just didn't have time apparently to comment on the report from two years ago in a timely manner. Isn't public consultation just grand?

The Feb. 2/17 Minutes mention upcoming (while they were upcoming last Feb. 2 at least) Technical Experts meetings in late March. These meetings are disgusting and contemptible as they include bought and paid for "experts" representing the interests of both Chemtura Canada and the Ont. M.O.E. but the interests of the Elmira/Woolwich public are NOT being represented. Furthermore there are Elmira citizens capable of intelligently and honestly representing Woolwich residents.

The TAG Feb. 16/17 Minutes cover a number of significant items including the need for a geomorphological study of Canagagigue Creek. This study would give us a better idea of the locations for deposition of contaminants both in the streambed (sediments) as well as along the creekbanks themselves.

There are also comments and questions regarding DNAPLs in the off-site aquifers and how their depth may be
affected by grain size composition hence causing stratification or layering of contaminant concentrations. In other words chlorobenzene for example may in some places have much higher concentrations at the same well only at different depths. DNAPLs can readily get hung up on slightly less permeable zones in an aquifer for example.

To date I've been holding my opinion upon the "Dashboard" efforts by Chair Tiffany Svensson. Even to date I'm concerned about over reliance or weight being given to it if the comments or filling in of various issues is just the same old, decades long bullshit we've been receiving from Chemtura, their consultants and the M.O.E.. In other words yes I can appreciate the organization and clarification process but worry that in the end there will be the same lies from the guilty parties simply more clearly recorded and organized. That would be a waste of time from parties who are world class in doing that already.

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