Monday, March 18, 2019


Five reasonably good months in a row. From September 2018 until January 2019 the total off-site pumping in the Municipal Aquifers was between 62 and 65 litres per second. Historically those values are excellent. Unfortunately they aren't even close to what we were told by CRA and Chemtura in November 2012 was necessary to achieve drinking water standards throughout the aquifers by 2028. We were first advised that a tripling of the then approximately 53 litres per second was required and then they later suggested a mere doubling would do the job. We've never even come close.

Last August 2018 was a stinker for a myriad of reasons. Last month (February 2019) was as well. Lanxess have succeeded in disappointing so often that I can't even be bothered reading their never ending list of excuses. This is plugged, that is broken, this requires maintainence, yada, yada, yada. The total off-site pumping rates in the municipal aquifers last month totalled 47.5 litres per second. Just like last August those pumping rates aren't even as good as they were seven years ago when they said that they needed to TRIPLE their pumping rates. Hot air, bull manure and local political protection is what the Elmira cleanup has always been about.

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