Monday, October 24, 2011


In the Woolwich Council Chambers on Church St. in Elmira the fifth CPAC meeting, since the new Council was elected, will be held. The Draft Agenda was released last Friday and there are a number of items which should be added. These include Odour problems in Elmira last week, and the excavations last summer and alleged work done on the old Varnicolor site on Union St.
Additional Agenda items should include the Chemtura Monthly Progress Reports. As indicated in my posting here of Wednesday Oct. 12/11, the off-site pumping of groundwater has been unacceptably low for most of 2011 with nothing but excuse after excuse. Also the 125 drum carcasses which were excavated and removed from the M2 area this summer should be discussed. There are significant issues and questions about those. CPAC member David Marks asked for a rationale from the M.O.E. as to why they have not pursued "other sources" in Elmira. This did not make the Agenda. It is long overdue for both the M.O.E. and Chemtura to respond to repeated verbal and written questions about the DNAPL discovered 100' below ground surface near the old Varnicolor site in 1998. Not a peep from them EVER on this item. Finally Upper Aquifer wells need to be installed between BORG Textiles and Sanyo Canadian to see if either or both of them are the source of high NDMA readings at monitoring well CH38 beside Sanyo.

Clearly both the Ontario M.O.E. and Chemtura are picking and choosing topics in their comfort zones to discuss. Any discussion of "other sources" which will directly impact on the Elmira cleanup they desperately wish to ignore. Any discussion of the Rationale for the M.O.E. not vigorously pursuing "other sources" they wish to ignore. The sweetheart agreement between Chemtura and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment is going to become public knowledge.

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