Friday, October 21, 2016


Mark Bauman is at least temporarily back on side. He's doing what he always does which is say the words that the listener at the moment wants to hear. Right now that is crapping upon our corrupt Ministry of the Environment. Today's front page headline in the Waterloo Region Record is "Chemtura starts offsite chemical probe". This story written by Paige Desmond captures the reality and history of this issue. CPAC formerly Chemtura Public Advisory Committee are now known as the Citizens Public Advisory Committee (ie. still CPAC). We are NOT a committee of Woolwich Council or any other inherently dishonest group of politicians. We brought this issue forward over two years ago and it was confirmed via Peter Gray of MTE Consulting in his October 2014 Report.

Two years later and the Ont. M.O.E. and Chemtura are simply in the Work Plan stage regarding soil and groundwater testing on the Stroh farm on Chemtura's eastern property line. Keep in mind this is a working, producing farm and has been for decades and decades. Also keep in mind that the M.O.E., Chemtura and their consultants at the time, Conestoga Rovers, never felt the need to share the huge fact that there was a manmade Drain excavated parallel to the Uniroyal east side property line around 1985. This Stroh Drain drains the lowest lying areas on both sides of the property line and then conveys the water (and more) southwards past the Martin pond and into the Canagagigue Creek.

The guilty parties in the Uniroyal Chemical disaster have long known that the property east of Uniroyal/Chemtura was contaminated. As far back as 1990 a M.O.E. hydrogeologist bluntly stated that toxins from two eastern pits (RPE 4 & 5) had contaminated groundwater which had flowed eastwards across the property line. Other reports back into the 1980s also made it clear that both surface and groundwater had flowed eastwards and contaminated the Stroh farm. Local lore has the now deceased patriarch receiving an envelope (cheque?) every Christmas from a senior Uniroyal manager. This allegedly was due to crop damage caused by the eastern pits flowing onto his property.

Two years since a professional report commissioned by CPAC confirmed off-site flow and Chemtura/M.O.E. still haven't done off-site soil and groundwater testing. All they are doing is running out the clock enabled by a passive, cowardly Woolwich Council who would rather dismiss a strong citizens group appointed by the preceding Council.

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