Thursday, December 6, 2018


The December RAC meeting is being held at 3 pm. in Council Chambers next Thursday, December 13, 2018. On the Agenda are 4.1 presentation of work plan for the Supplemental East Side Offsite Groundwater Investigation 4.2 Status Update on the Containment and Treatment System (Presumably both the on and off site CTS) 4.3 Status Update on the Creek Risk Assessment process 4.4 Tag Recommendations to RAC.

The Minutes were received from the September 27/18 RAC meeting and I am very pleased with a couple of inclusions namely the TAG Motion and Reccommendation that was presented to RAC by TAG Chair Tiffany Svensson. The Motion categorically made it clear that the "Gap" and Stroh Drain have as yet not been properly sampled, tested and investigated. The MOE claim that they want the Stroh Drain evaluated as part of the risk assessment process within the Creek investigation. If the MOE had a history of living up to their words I'd be less concerned. Unfortunately they do not have such a history.

The second inclusion on page 3 is the meeting after the formal meeting that Dr. Sebastian Seibel-Achenbach and I had with Ramin, Lou, Dwighte of Lanxess and GHD. TAG Chair Tiffany and others were also present. While the words "Interceptor Trench" did not get included in the Minutes nevertheless the fact that the ad hoc meeting was acknowledged is good and that there will be a followup meeting during the first quarter of 2019.

TAG also had a Motion and Recommendation for RAC regarding the failure to date to get off-site pumping well W9 up and running. Concerns were also expressed in regards to DDT results in discharges to Shirt Factory Creek that are Non-Detect but at a Method Detection Limit higher than the Provincial Water Quality Objectives (PWQO).

TAG requested clarification on two new monitoring wells at College St. in Elmira and whether they had implications for either the Conceptual Site Model of the Elmira Aquifers as well as for peculiar chlorobenzene concentrations off-site. Ramin Ansari of Lanxess advised that they had had discussions with the property owner(s) of the former Varnicolor Chemical site. Co-sampling was done although they still need to evaluate the data. This is strange as this sampling is now many months old. Also Ramin indicated that an isotope analysis of the water took place in order to determine if there is a second source other than Uniroyal Chemical as well as the age of the source. Very interesting!

TAG and the few public present were advised that Lanxess had hired Stantec, ERM and Geosyntec to assist GHD with the Risk Assessment planned for the Canagagigue Creek.

Lastly The Tag Chair (Tiffany) appreciates that TAG will be allowed to have technical experts attend TAG meetings in order to move forward more effectively. I presume that she is referring to technical experts that the company (Lanxess) have hired as earlier stated unless she is suggesting that TAG may hire their own.

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