Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Two weeks ago 85 citizens of Woolwich Township both came out and protested outside the Council building and then went inside to hear their reps speak to Council. The issue was the proposed Bio-En location on Martin's Lane in Elmira. Tonite at 6 pm. is Committee of the Whole of Woolwich Council. Dr. Dan Holt, Chair of CPAC, will be presenting a very powerful unanimous Resolution from CPAC to them for their ratification. Hopefully this will be followed next Tuesday (7 pm.) with Woolwich Council formally approving and ratifying this Resolution. It will then be passed on to the Regional and provincial governments. It will also go to the Environmental Commissioner as well as to the AMO (Assoc'n of Municipalities of Ontario) for their support.

There will be parties who oppose this initiative of CPAC. They will include of course Chemtura and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (M.O.E.). Unfortunately there will be more who do their best work anonymously behind the scenes. Some of the groups who were parties at the Environmental Appeal Board hearings in Elmira over twenty years ago have their own axes to grind. They had knowledge of the "sweetheart deal" between the M.O.E. and Uniroyal and have governed themselves in their best interests ever since. The Region of Waterloo comes to mind as once they received their water pipeline into Elmira, they denied other sources of contamination to Elmira's drinking water and generally played defence for the status quo.

Any and all citizens are welcome tonite in the Woolwich Council Chambers at 6 pm. and or next week , same place at 7 pm. This Resolution is a gamechanger with respect to the cleanup of the Elmira aquifers.

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