Tuesday, August 23, 2022


It is seriously looking that way. I have been posting about both the decreased off-site pumping slowing down an already decades late cleanup of the Elmira Aquifers as well as about the on-site (Lanxess) decreased and below Target Rate pumping levels. By failing to maintain the on-site municipal pumping at PW4 and PW5, hydraulic containment is weakened and contaminants can flow off site and enter the rest of the Elmira Aquifers. In theory at least the two fold approach of on and off site pumping of groundwater was supposed to lead to drinking water standards being achieved in the Elmira Aquifers by 2028. All parties fudged about that for decades but have finally admitted to their failures for about the last five years. 

The July Progress Report has been released and it is more of the same with both on-site pumping wells pumping below the GHD consultants recommended pumping rates. This has been going on for many months and essentially means that on site groundwater contamination is flowing off-site making the delayed cleanup of the  aquifers even later. The off-site pumping at the moment is actually not too bad which tends to exacerbate the pull off-site of the reduced on-site groundwater pumping. This off-site pumping while still inadequate based on past promises nevertheless is as high as it's ever been at just over 70 litres per second for all the off-site pumping wells. The result is Uniroyal and successors (Lanxess) yet again transferring cleanup costs to the public purse as they are paying 100% of their on-site pumping costs but only 50% of their off-site pumping costs. What a great scam for them.

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