Saturday, August 25, 2018


Table A.1 lists the concentrations of various contaminants at some of the pumping wells in the Elmira Aquifers. The pumping well nearest to W9 which is on the west side of Union St., is W8 which is between Union St. and the former Nutrite property. In other words it might be a couple of hundred metres away at the most, probably less. Chlorobenzene at W8 was 2,900 parts per billion (ppb), NDMA was an astonishing 71.7 ppb (drinking standard is .009 ppb), Benzothoazole was 33 ppb and Carboxin was 80 ppb. Why wouldn't Conestoga Rovers and Lanxess expect that W9 would be similarly contaminated?

The MISA outlets to the Canagagigue Creek on the Lanxess site continue to discharge low levels of contaminants. These include Lindane, benzothiazole and Carboxin. Two of the MISA (Municipal Industrial Strategy for Abatement) outlets have decreasing trends for Lindane and the other two don't tell us one way or the other.

Table C.2 is particularly bizarre this month. Usually the downstream concentrations of contaminants in the Canagagigue Creek are slightly higher than the upstream readings at SS-110 which is beside Bolender Park. This month several contaminants are actually higher upstream than downstream. Now do keep in mind that these so called "upstream" readings have always been kind of bogus. Afterall they take the upstream readings beside Bolender Park which was also part of the Bolender Landfill which accepted both municipal wastes and industrial wastes including from Uniroyal Chemical. Therefore in fact all we've been measuring is whether or not the Uniroyal site is at the moment contributing more contamination to the creek than the Bolender Park Landfill is. What a way to run a railroad, folks.

The following chemicals have LOWER average concentrations upstream than downstream which is what most of us would consider to be normal. They include Mercaptobenzothiazole, Benzothiazole, NDMA, NMOR and BEHP.

The following chemicals have HIGHER average concentrations upstream than downstream which is what most of us would consider to be bizarre. They are multiple chlorophenols, two different dichlorophenols, phenol, two different cresols and p chlor-m-cresol.

What this all boils down to is that the Lanxess site continues to leak toxic chemicals into the Canagagigue Creek just as the Bolender Park Landfill does.

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