Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Tomorrow night at CPAC I will be handing out maps and other data proving that GP1 is a bastard. Is that the right word? In other words its' lineage is highly suspect. Where did it come from? Who has moved it from place to place on various maps? Who is correct? Does its' location on a map really matter or is the real question where did the massive volumes of toxic wastewater flow over the decades, if not into Conestoga Rovers' alleged GP1? Finally the last question: Who benefits? Who has motive to move GP1? The answer to that is easy... CHEMTURA, CHEMTURA, CHEMTURA

There are at least a couple of reports that I have read that claim that overland flow from the eastern toxic waste pits flowed into GP1. Note there is very little mention or none of GP2. Interestingly even Conestoga Rovers of late are now suggesting that very little went into GP2. That also serves the interests of Chemtura by pretending that GP1 in its' current location soaked everyhting up and it didn't flow either into GP2 or off-site. All of that is self-serving hooyey.

Both the Jackman, Ralston and Smith 1985 "History of Uniroyal Waste Management at Elmira" and the 1991 Environmental Audit by Conestoga Rovers mention GP1's role as the destination of surface flowing liquid toxic wastes. Or do they? A more thorough read seems to indicate that manmade furrows permitted overland flow from the east pits (RPE 1-5) to discharge into a gravel pit, singular. While the MOE/GRCA Jackman, Ralston & Smith Report clearly places GP1 on the east side of the diagonally positioned, high gravel ridge even Conestoga Rovers 1991 Environmental Audit could be so interpreted. At the least the 1991 Audit does not have GP1 in its' current location nestled up to GP2 at the extreme south-eastern corner of the property.

So if the real issue is where did the liquid wastes including solvents, Dioxins and DDT go; then what is the motive to move GP1 on the maps? As always the motive is money and public relations. Uniroyal/Chemtura want more of both. They were stuck with the text stating that overflowing liquid wastes flowed into a gravel pit as located in Fig.1 courtesy of the 1985 MOE/GRCA Report. Worse yet a large manmade Drain (Stroh) was excavated twenty feet away probably in 1985 to drain both the Stroh and nearest Uniroyal swamp/wetland. The original MOE/GRCA location makes it all too obvious that everything that wasn't tied down flowed south-east into the Stroh Drain, past the Martin Pond and into the Canagagigue Creek well downstream of routine surface water testing in the creek. What a fabulous scam!

The Stroh Drain was kept a secret until I found it last May. I immediately alerted CPAC, unlike Councillor Mark Bauman who later sat on the concrete diversion of the Stroh Drain into the Martin pond for six weeks. It was in Chemtura's best financial and PR interests to pretend that their liquid wastes flowed uncontained for decades through swamps and wetlands directly into their location of GP1 where by the miracles of modern science it didn't further overflow into the Canagagigue directly or indirectly via contaminated groundwater. As I said earlier, hooey!

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