Friday, February 14, 2014


I have just a few minutes ago e-mailed the six Tables I've been working on for the last ten days or so to both CPAC (Chemtura Public Advisory Committee) and SWAT (Soil, Water, Air & technical). While not totally completed they are nevertheless amazing in the information they impart. We have a SWAT meeting on Monday and due to personal/family considerations I can no longer be 100% confident in my ability to attend. These six Tables representing groundwater concentrations of Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids over more than twenty years from seventeen different wells give a clear picture as to the environmental disaster foisted upon an unsuspecting public. Quoting Steve Kannon in today's Woolwich Observer, albeit on another topic; "Profits are privatized while Costs are socialized.".

As long as Chemtura/CRA and their fellow travellor the Ontario Ministry of the Environment refuse to acknowledge the obvious free phase DNAPL in the shallow aquifers in the south-west corner of their site, Elmira's groundwater will be at risk. To be clearer, acknowledgemnt first and then real action. This DNAPL must be acknowledged and nuetralized. Hydraulic containment or pump & treat does little or nothing. A dollar of source removal is more effective in the long run than a thousand dollars of groundwater pumping. Otherwise our children and grandchildren will still be trying to clean up this site and asking why we didn't push harder.

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