Friday, May 29, 2020


For thirty years Uniroyal Chemical and their successors have all lied to citizens regarding the flow of both ground and surface water on the east side of their site. Because it suited their self-serving purposes they both verbally and in writing indicated that everything from their east side pits (RPE 1-5) flowed either westwards or southwards. According to them, time and time again, neither overflowing liquid wastes from the pits nor ground or surface water flowed eastwards onto their neighbour's property. Somehow they even managed to sell to some that southward migration from their site onto the Martin farm also did not happen. Pit RPE-5 was a few feet further away from the Stroh property line which simply enabled the company to build even more toxic waste pits between RPE-5 and the Stroh farm. These pits actually went right up to the property line and included BAE-1, RB-1 and RB-2. BAE-1 stands for Burial Area East and the RB pits stand for Reburied Drums. Right up against the property line of a working farm. How the hell were both the company and Ministry of Environment (MOE) decision makers never thrown in jail for their anti-social behaviour? This of course was but one of the many questions never answered nor addressed by all the guilty parties from 1990 until only very recently.

What kind of "responsible" chemical company locates their toxic waste pits right up to the property line with their neighbours? Five pits ran from north to south along Uniroyal Chemical's eastern property line with the Stroh farm. GP-2 (gravel pit #2) ran horizontally along Uniroyal's southern property line with the Martin farm. Uniroyal and the Ministry of Environment both claimed that GP-1 and GP-2 were the repositories of the southward flowing waste waters from pits RPE 1-5. Unfortunately that was a lie by deception and omission. It is certainly likely that some of those overflowing toxic wastes from the east side pits ended up in GP-1 and GP-2. I believe that the so called "voluntary", typical, half hearted cleanup of the two gravel pits was primarily for show and distraction. Both guilty parties, Uniroyal/Chemtura and the Ontario MOE did not want to open the can of worms that includes both the Martin and Stroh farms.

CPAC and SWAT did that for them in September and October of 2014. CPAC (Chemtura Public Advisory Committee) under the chairmanship of Dr. Dan Holt proved what both Uniroyal/Chemtura and the MOE already knew from decades earlier namely that the neighbours' farms were contaminated from Uniroyal spillage and leakage. CPAC and SWAT were proven correct but as no good deeds go unpunished, Woolwich Township, via Sandy Shantz and Mark Bauman leapt to the defence of Chemtura and the Ontario MOE by manufacturing a crisis, blaming CPAC, and replacing them with brand new folks as much as possible. With the exception of Sebastian Seibel-Achenbach all CPAC and SWAT volunteers were lied about and nastily dropped from CPAC even after we had reapplied and based upon the numbers at the deadline should have all been reappointed. Dirty, filthy Woolwich politicians instead changed the rules after the fact in order to rid themselves of the best CPAC they'd ever had. Hence my undying contempt of those professional liars and manipulators, all for the benefit of the guilty, polluting parties.

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