Monday, July 26, 2021

THANK YOU ELZE BREDENKAMP

Going through old newspaper clippings mostly regarding Uniroyal Chemical I came across a Letter To The Editor in the Woolwich Observer from one Elze Bredenkamp. It was dated October 8, 2015. Now I'm not certain I know who that is but possibly she was the owner/proprietor of a small business on Church St. which is no longer there. Regardless her Letter To The Editor was critical of my right as a resident and voter in Woolwich Township, to take the mayor to task for her multiple irregularities in her post election Financial Statements. Now of course just as I and any other citizen have both a moral and legal right (Municipal Elections Act) to demand clarification of obvious failures in the mayor's Financial Statements, so does Ms. Bredenkamp have the right to object to my doing so. Unfortunately it appears that Ms. Bredenkamp probably hasn't even looked at the mayor's Financial Statements. I say that because there are exactly zero criticisms from her aimed at specific understating of expenses, improper corporate donations etc.. Ms. Bredenkamp's criticisms are entirely personal, aimed at me. For example she suggests that I'm looking for publicity and then she oddly turns around and calls me out by name in her Letter To The Editor. Perhaps the lady simply is a friend of the mayor and wanted to give her support. Fair enough but maybe the focus in your Letter should have been on the fine upstanding qualities of the mayor versus my alleged drawbacks. Anyhow carry on and perhaps in future research your facts a little bit better and you might better understand why some citizens object to taxpayer funded individuals breaking the law of the land as mayor Shantz did (i.e. Municpal Elections Act).

Saturday, July 24, 2021

"EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY"

Regarding that quote above I can state that I've had several of them in my life. Certainly the towering achievement for which I received credit and acclaim was my exposing of both Varnicolor Chemical in Elmira and the Ontario Ministry of Environment as complete fakes, charlatans and liars with no limits or concerns for the public interest. There have also been some glorious days regarding Uniroyal Chemical and their dishonesty over the decades. Pre-Internet times I had uncovered Brian Beatty's (Morrison & Beatty) nonsense regarding a DNAPL (Dense Non Aqueous Phase Liquid) report written by hydrogeologist Stan Feenstra. Back in May 2014 I discovered the Stroh Drain which has hounded Chemtura and Lanxess ever since. This of course was immediately after George Karlos of the Ontario Ministry of Environment solemnly, publicly announced to CPAC (Chemtura Public Advisory Committee) that he had personally walked the Chemtura property from the south-east corner over to the Stroh property and then southwards and he assurred CPAC that there was no possible pathway for contaminant travel from Uniroyal/Chemtura over to those properties (Stroh & Martin). A couple of either aerial or satellite photos had an odd curve from Chemtura over to the Stroh property that almost looked like the results of massive water flow. It turns out that both the flooding Canagagigue Creek and overflowing Uniroyal Chemical waste waters followed the same path. Who could have guessed? Also prior to May 2014 the Stroh Drain had always been left off, eradicated or removed from maps and photos with but one very old exception that I am aware of. ........................................................................................................... Of course these ah ah! moments have been interspersed with decades of falsehoods, blatant lies, coverups, denials and every form of deceit imaginable. Writing my book "The Elmira Water Woes: The Triumph Of Collusion, Deceit and Citizen Betrayal" was also a huge high for me. While it remains somewhat low key on-line (Waterloo Region Advocate) nevertheless it is there for both my and others to research and review the truth. So if there is one takeaway for polluters, their enablers and other professional liars it is this. Eventually the truth comes out and your behaviour, whether just nasty or criminal, will be exposed. Who knows maybe there is still a chance for this old dog to have his day yet again.

Friday, July 23, 2021

A LITTLE MORE ON THE JUNE 2021 PROGRESS REPORT

Table B.1 ...."Storm Water Outfalls-these used to be called MISA (Municipal Industrial Strategy for Abatement) outfalls. Regardless these are surface water drains from the Lanxess (Uniroyal) site that discharge into Canagagigue Creek. Following are the names of Uniroyal chemicals and their concentrations continuing to discharge into the creek to this day. ............................................................................................................ 2,4-D .........3.15 ppb....................................................................... Carboxin ......6.9 ppb....................................................................... Diphenylamine..3.06 ppb.............................................................................. Lindane ...... .11 ppb....................................................................... Toluene ...... .28 ppb....................................................................... ................................................................................................................ Table C.2 ...Comparison of upstream Canagagigue Creek water with downstream (below Uniroyal/Lanxess)...................... ................................................................................................................... Two chemicals are higher downstream than upstream and those are NDMA and Toluene. Neither are a surprise. .......................................................................................................................... However five chemicals have higher upstream concentrations than downstream and that should be a surprise.................. ........................................................................................................................... The five are m/p Cresol, 0-cresol, NMOR, TCE and xylenes. These speak to allegedly "unknown" upstream industrial sources. There isn't that much upstream from Uniroyal/Lanxess.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

HOW MUCH WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP CORRUPTION REQUIRED PRIOR TO CRIMINAL CHARGES BEING LAID?

I read in today's Woolwich Observer that Boris Johnston's decision to reopen Britain early cost approximately 86,049 citizens their lives due to Covid infection. No charges are pending apparently. Looking at it that way I can see why to date no Woolwich Township (or Region of Waterloo) councillors have been criminally charged for their bad decisions. This includes the rezoning and proposed industrial development on the immediate east side of Lanxess Canada (formerly Uniroyal Chemical). This east side consists of mostly the Stroh farm but as well part of the Martin farm to the immediate south of the Stroh farm and south-east of Lanxess. ............................................................................................................................... Yes both properties are contaminated and repositories of Uniroyal Chemical toxins. That has been categorically proven with the Stroh farm with dioxins and DDT found in surficial soils on the Stroh farm close to the Lanxess property line. Also recent tests have indicated dioxins/furans and DDD in sediments of the Stroh Drain further south on the Stroh property. Using highly regarded (by polluters at least) scientific methods known as avoidance and denial, Lanxess and their partners in pollution have delayed for years any testing whatsoever of the Martin property and of the more likely highly contaminated parts of the Stroh property. While only testing sediments in two locations in the Stroh Drain, both came back with detections although the location further south, actually on the Martin property, had the highest concentrations. Indeed DP-1 (Drain Point 1) is just barely 20 metres to the west of the Martin swimming pond, long used by local Mennonite children. Of course we now have sediment testing both upstream and downstream of where some water from the Stroh Drain has been gravity flowing directly into the Martin swimming pond. .................................................................................................................... For those politicians with weak stomachs or consciences, no health testing to date has revealed health injuries in these children proven caused by Uniroyal Chemical's (Lanxess) dioxins or DDT and compounds (DDD, DDE). Oh right, I forgot. Our authorities have long refused health testing for Elmira and area residents directly impacted by Uniroyal Chemical's decades of toxic production including DDT, Agent Orange, NDMA etc.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

LANXESS/GHD SAMPLE TESTING DEPTHS CONTINUE TO SUCK

Sediment sample depths from the bottom of creeks and drains are either 0-10 cm. (0-4 inches) or 10-30 cm. (4-12 inches). As a generality concentrations of some contaminants are greater with depth. This kind of tells you why the guilty parties ("powers to be") lie, bulls.it, bafflegab about shallow depths being better. What they mean is better for them and their interests ($$$). ........................................................................................................................... Soil samples from beside but above the normal waterline of creeks are taken at either 0-10 cm. (0-4 inches) or 10-30 cm. (4-12 inches). Again as a generality contaminant concentrations in soil increase with depth. There appears to be no consistency in regards to either sediment or soil samples regarding depth. In other words some samples are tested at both shallow depths (either 0-10 or 10-30) and others inexplicably are not. Or maybe it's not so inexplicable. Deeper samples generally have higher concentrations of contaminants and none of the guilty parties want that exposed if at all possible. .................................................................................................................................. Lanxess, GHD, MECP, Woolwich Township all seem quite capable of forgetting various soil samples found at depth on the Uniroyal/Lanxess property. I'm referring to real depth as in a number of feet deep not pretend "deep" samples from between four inches and twelve inches (i.e. 10-30 cm.). This includes during the excavations at GP-1 (2013-2014) as well as at test pits in and around (east) of RPE-5 after that. High concentrations of dioxins, PCBs were found eight feet below ground surface. ........................................................................................................................................ It's all about appearances. It's pretend science, pretend public consultation and even a pretend mayor who violated her conditional reinstatement to office by the Honourable Justice David Broad in July 2015.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

STEP UP TIME FOR TAG

The Technical Advisory Group need to assess their mandate and their goals. This is not an easy thing to do as most of them, while well meaning and intelligent, have little or no historical involvement with Uniroyal Chemical, Lanxess Canada, Ontario Ministry of Environment (MECP), CRA or GHD. As my environmental colleague has pointed out, she knew long before I that the Chair of TAG (Tiffany Svensson) was not going to rock any boats. She definitely was not another Dr. Richard Jackson, whose departure was a huge loss for honesty and transparency in all things related to the 1989 Elmira Water Crisis. .................................................................................................................... Some TAG members have recently indicated that they were awaiting so called sediment sampling results from the bottom of the Stroh Drain before final comments on Lanxess/GHD and MECP refusal to test soils around the Stroh Drain, Ditch & Berm (SDDB). These soils especially need to be tested in the low lying area (bowl like) to the immediate east of the SDDB. Those sediment results are now back and perhaps TAG members are waiting for the next scheduled TAG meeting next month. Indeed Total TEQ or Toxic Equivalency is the measure of dioxins and furans in these sediments. While the ISQG or federal criteria is .85 parts per trillion (ppt), three of the four samples exceeded that criteria with one being at 24.4 ppt. This matter also relates to the issue of their fellow TAG member, Dr. Sebastian Seibel-Achenbach, and his appeal of November 2020 to them. Sebastian is insisting that he can not accept the refusal to test soils in the appropriate location by simple assertion of the company's client driven consultants that in their opinion, all is well and testing unnecessary. ......................................................................................................... TAG have smart and educated people on the committee. Only naivety or bias can prevent them from demanding these soil tests which could have and should have been done six or seven years ago. In fact the refusal then was followed by the attack on CPAC's integrity and credibility by both ignorant politicians and the other guilty parties in Elmira including the MECP. These soil tests need to be both shallow and deep not the usual 5.9 inches (15 cm.) deep and their location must be where experienced and highly knowledgable citizens have pointed out for years. This includes both a TAG member and very well informed local citizens denied both membership and a voice on TAG.

Monday, July 19, 2021

MAY & JUNE 2021 LANXESS PROGRESS REPORTS

So when did the alleged "pulse pumping" become almost no pumping? Prior to that advisory from Lanxess/GHD that they were going to be reducing groundwater pumping from well E7 it was a decades long mainstay of the off-site pumping regimen. Often the average daily pumping rate for the month was in the vicinity of 25 to 27 litres per second the highest pumping rate from any pumping well, off or on-site. Then we were advised that reducing groundwater NDMA concentrations around E7 (south end of Elmira) made full time pumping wasteful. Now the pumping is getting ridiculously low. June had a daily average of 13 litres per second and May, unbelieveably was down to 3.7 litres per second with I might add the Target Average still the same at 23.9 litres per second. Furthermore the footnote (1) for the Target Average column still states "GHD recommends that Lanxess maintain the target pumping rates gretaer than or equal to these rates." What the hell??? ................................................................................................................................... Seriously TAG and Tiffany you need to get this fixed yesterday. We still after more than two years do not have pumping well W9 up and running while E7 is also going down the toilet. In 2012 the public advisory committee (CPAC) were advised by Chemtura and Conestoga Rovers that they were going to TRIPLE the volume of off-site pumping. Well it's no longer even slightly higher (12-18%?) than those days as it was for some time and in fact for months now the off-site pumping rates are lower than they routinely were nine years ago. So who is the liar, Chemtura or lanxess or CRA versus GHD. Seriously TAG do your job (albeit volunteers) get on this!!!