Saturday, May 2, 2015


After Graham's presentation, Vivienne, Ron and Sebastian had questions regarding DDTs effects on both humans and wildlife. DDT is a particularily nasty endocrine disrupter and it biomagnifies up the food chain. Also most alarming is that DDT breaks down into DDE and DDD; hence finding DDT is an indication of newer contamination getting into the sediments of the Canagagigue Creek. Dr. Dan Holt mentioned the M.O.E.s recent response indicating that the 2014 sampling results from the "Gig" are confirming "legacy" contamination by DDT. This "legacy" term is the M.O.E. trying to pretend that these sediments have been in place for decades not moving each spring during the annual snowmelt and runoff.

The M.O.E. have also advised CPAC in writing that Financial Assurance is not a subject for discussion by CPAC. Really, well how about bald faced lying and corruption instead? Many companies including others in Elmira have had to provide Financial Assurance so why not Chemtura Canada? Is that another backroom deal with them?

Dr. Dan Holt again reiterated that to date neither the M.O.E. nor Chemtura have indicated any reason whatsoever as to why they are not attending public CPAC meetings. They've been doing all their lying to Mayor Sandy Shantz and she is pretending to swallow it hook, line and sinker.

Councillor Mark Bauman as usual securely had his feet on both sides of the fence. He advised all that CPAC are a "talented group of people". Well thank you Mark, that is true. That begs the question as to why you would attend a biased bitch session on April 9/15 and not publicly denunciate the hatchet job done on the very same CPAC in the meeting minutes.

I believe that it was Ron Campbell who pointed out that no sooner did Peter Gray of MTE show up at CPAC on October 29, 2014 than Chemtura and the M.O.E. departed. They have had over six months to hit the reset button behind closed doors with Woolwich Township officials and that's exactly what they have done.

Sebastian advised Larry Shantz and the rest of us that the former Township Clerk, Christine Broughton had made it very clear to CPAC that they were not to meet privately to talk CPAC business with anybody. I was also of that same opinion as per Township CAO David Brenneman on a couple of occasions. This was in response to Larry's question as to why CPAC refused to attend the April 9/15 pretend stakeholders meeting.

Dr. Dan disputed Mayor Shantz's version that two CPAC members were invited. The meeting minutes tend to back Dr. Dan's version as they have regrets from DR. Dan only, not from any other CPAC member.

Sandy kept asking CPAC what the Township should do and they kept telling her and then she kept ignoring their input as if they hadn't clearly answered her. Vivienne made it clear that Council should quit pussyfooting around and support CPAC wholeheartedly. Sebastian referred to the arrogance of Chemtura and the M.O.E. refusing to acknowledge CPAC as having any legitimacy and all they wanted was a compliant CPAC. Finally he told Sandy that the township needs to get on board with CPAC. Dr. Dan advised her that CPAC are volunteers still doing their job while Chemtura and the M.O.E. have abandoned public consultation. CPAC are not the problem so go pick on the other two parties. Finally Richard Clausi spelled it out very clearly even to those who do not listen. CPAC are too savy, too smart and not compliant enough for Chemtura and the M.O.E.. Council must not capitulate to that pair. Council must support this CPAC and Council must insist that M.O.E./Chemtura attend.

This is not rocket science Sandy. Get out of bed with Chemtura/M.O.E. and start supporting this CPAC and all Woolwich residents, not just the big shots.

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