Monday, September 17, 2018


I submitted my June 30, 2018 Elmira Advocate posting to TAG (Technical Advisory Group) back in July and it is on their correspondence list. With this dual committee system (RAC & TAG) it doubles the chances of paperwork and documents not being distributed to all the stakeholders,unless of course everything submitted to TAG automatically is sent on to RAC (Remediation Advisory Committee). I do not know. Anyway I would like my June 30/18 posting sent to RAC not because I expect any action from them but simply to erode their plausible deniability regarding the MOECP (Ministry of Expanded Corporate Pollution) and their inadequate efforts here in Elmira, Ontario.

That particular posting is a relatively detailed critique of the MOECP's Review of Lanxess's consultant's 2017 Canagagigue Creek investigation. Any reader wishing to see that posting merely has to go into the Blog Archives on the right side of the page.

The title of the June 30/18 posting is in quotation marks in the title above and refers to a quote from Susan Bryant that was published in the Elmira Independent on February 5, 1999. It of course was referencing the MOE's behaviour back in the 1990's and it certainly hasn't gotten any better. Any reader of this Blog knows that both the MOE and Uniroyal/Crompton/Chemtura/Lanxess along with their consultants CRA/GHD have lost my faith and respect decades ago.

Therefore one obvious solution is for me to simply present this document to RAC as a Delegation at their September 27/18 meeting in Council Chambers. As I stated two days ago here, I am hesitant to do so. I may have to send it to them via a different process.

Despite my disparaging comments about the RAC and TAG process two days ago there are some positives. First of all despite some of the volunteers being curling buddies and friends of the mayor, generally speaking they have shown themselves to be intelligent and concerned citizens. Their diverse backgrounds and experiences have been beneficial although I expect that they may share some frustrations knowing that all their efforts and input are being filtered through the RAC committee. Simply put Chemtura/Lanxess were very good at avoiding doing the obvious when they dealt with UPAC & CPAC, face to face, once a month. It's so much easier now when they really only have to show up for RAC meetings three or four times per year.

RAC are also the problem. The MOE and Lanxess run the show and the other agencies and groups defer to them far more than independent citizens ever did. Also with the exception of the Region and their rep, the other two groups really don't have a clue about groundwater contamination etc. The GRCA, Woolwich Township and the Region of Waterloo will not push and if they do it is oh so softly and respectfully. The MOE and Lanxess and their consultants have never treated either the public or the other stakeholders respectfully. Deception, manipulation and psuedo science presented to the public and their representatives is incredibly disrespectful and that is their stock and trade. Some of us call a spade a spade and my response to those who don't like being called dishonest is if you want my respect then start being honest with us.

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