Saturday, July 15, 2017


Conestoga Rovers & Associates (CRA), decades long consultants to Uniroyal/Chemtura, have been doing methane monitoring at the Bolender Park Landfill in Elmira, off and on since 1983. Their most recent report was last year. To date there have been approximately ten of their reports delivered to their clients, Woolwich Township, with Recommendations included. Some of those have been acted upon by the Township, others not.

In my opinion there have been shortcomings in this monitoring and reporting. For example there was a time gap of twenty-two years between monitoring rounds of methane levels at the extreme eastern end of the landfill next to High St. in Elmira. In other words there was no monitoring by CRA from December 1986 until April 2008.

Similarly the gas probes with very high readings that were installed nearest the Elmira Pet Food Products plant have not been retested by the consultants since 1983.

In 2009 CRA recommended that Woolwich Township install a methane warning device in the basement of a home on High St. nearest the Landfill. I am extremely doubtful that that has occurred.

To date two media in Kitchener-Waterloo have been advised of these issues. Our most local media have been approached and not returned my phonecall or e-mail. I will probably give them one more chance before totally and completely giving up on them.

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