Thursday, February 6, 2020


I think that it's a three part series as we've already had about a 35 minute web presentation already and there's more to come after tonite. The Webinar is being brought to us (TAG & public) courtesy of TAG (Technical Advisory Group) Chair Tiffany Svensson. I'm doing a little guessing here but I suspect that she may have correctly identified growing concern among the TAG membership with some of the statements and claims coming from Lanxess and their consultants GHD. I base this supposition upon TAG members public and appropriate criticisms of everything from the monthly "Progress Reports" to all kinds of technical reports dealing with the Canagagigue Creek, contaminants of potential concern (COPC), Conceptual Site Models and more.

The Webinars in my opinion to date are extolling the intent, broadness of investigation, scientific validity, and overall positives of Risk Assessments. These Risk Assessments may include Environmental Risk Assessments (ERA) dealing with the natural world and its lifeforms or they can be Human Health Risk Assessments (HHRA). Fifteen or sixteen years ago Elmira & Woolwich residents were treated to a Site Specific HHRA and ERA in regards to the Crompton/Chemtura property in Elmira. They both were a croc. It is my opinion and position based upon experience that the best of programs, plans, blueprints for whatever human endeavour can be grossly mismanaged, manipulated, and bastardized. Where there is a will there is a way.

The third such Webinar will be held at the start of the next formal TAG meeting on Thursday, February 27/20 at 6:30 pm. as well. Despite my skepticism I expect to attend and pay close attention to all three of these Webinars.

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