Saturday, March 9, 2019


Lanxess reps have misspoken when they claim in a statement to the Observer that "The historical data indicated that this area of the Lanxess property is not impacted." Sorry folks but that is utter B.S. The data they have provided indicates dioxins at 6.97 TEQ (ppt.) in SS-21 and 3.34 TEQ in SS-20. The criteria for soils within 30 metres of a surface water body (Stroh Drain) are 7 TEQ (ppt.) Furthermore SS-20 had two thirds of its composite sampling area on the high ground and was not part of the Gap area. Another soil sample from TP-7 had a TEQ of 15 (ppt.) which while likely more than thirty metres away from the Stroh Drain still exceeds the 13 ppt TEQ criteria for agricultural soils which are what are on the Stoh property.

There is also the entire issue of composite sampling versus discrete individual soil samples. The composite sampling simply spreads out the high readings and averages them with low to zero readings in order to remain below the criteria.

Lanxess claim that they will look at any new information that justifies sampling in the GAP area. New information is not required. Common sense, logic and honesty however are required to seriously investigate the Stroh Drain and immediate area. That has been sadly lacking simply to save the company money and as usual the Ontario MOE (MECP) are doing little or nothing to help the public and the environment.

Regarding the east side tour invite I have responded nicely to Ramin (Lanxess) advising that I'm not comfortable accepting an invitation for a tour while other honest and informed citizens expressing interest in the tour are excluded. The ball is in Ramin Ansari's court and I have thanked him for the invite. I hope that he is O.K. to extend the invitation to Michael Heitmann, documentary filmaker, and to Viv Delaney, CPAC member for the last eight years.

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