Tuesday, February 18, 2014


The next full Chemtura Public Advisory Committee (CPAC) meeting is scheduled for Thursday February 27, 2014 at 6 pm. in the Woolwich Council Chambers on Church St. in Elmira, Ontario. The Draft Agenda is out and seems fairly typical. There are however a couple of items carried over from the last meeting (Jan.30/14) which are to be addressed by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (M.O.E.). The first is a CPAC request (Motion?) asking the M.O.E. to produce a comprehensive and formal list of cleanup criteria. As has been clearly enunciated by numerous CPAC members there is way too much leeway in the current situation. Simply stating that the Elmira Aquifer must meet Ontario drinking Water Standards (ODWS) by 2028 leaves way too much wiggle room and way too much open to interpretation. Number of aquifers, number of wells, length of time (eg. # of monotoring rounds) meeting the ODWS and other questions need to be explicitly answered sooner rather than later.

A second item the M.O.E. have been asked to address is a letter from Jaimie Connolly of the M.O.E. dealing with DNAPLS having migrated from the Chemtura site onto the Yara (Nutrite) site. This 2006 letter is in one of Conestoga Rovers DNAPL Reports and the specific references were given to CRA and Chemtura at the last CPAC meeting. Not only did Jaimie so comment but fellow hydrogeologist Wilf Ruland also quoted Jaimie's comments in his own DNAPL critique/comments . This issue is very significant as far as both free phase DNAPLS existence on the Chemtura site but also the issue of the M.O.E. having legal authority to order on-site Chemtura source removal due to leakage and flow of contaminants off site.

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