Wednesday, September 7, 2022


 First of all Uniroyal Chemical admitted that their overflowing east side pits and ponds labelled RPE 1-5 (Retention Pond East #1, #2, #3, #4, #5) overflowed and moved southwards to GP-1 and GP-2 (Gravel Pit #1 & #2). This was decades ago and included in reports such as "A History of Uniroyal Waste Management  1985" as well as in the "Environmental Audit" by CRA in the very early 1990s. Keep in mind that there is documentation indicating anywhere from 100,000 gallons of waste water per day  to higher was piped across the Canagagigue Creek from the west side manufacturing buildings to the east side pits and ponds conveniently located right on the property line with the Stroh farm. The length of the property along the eastern property line with Stroh, running from Church St. southwards to just shy of the Canagagigue Creek is approximately 800 metres. It is down hill all the way and prior to the construction of the Stroh Drain, Ditch & Berm there was a large swampy area of standing water located between the bottom (south end) of RPE-5 and the significantly higher diagonal ridge of ground that runs from Uniroyal/Lanxess to the Stroh property in a north-west to south-east orientation.

Now at one weird/bizarre point at a TAG meeting Ramin Ansari of Lanxess suggested (2x) turning over a pail of water  and watching which way the water ran. Dunh!  Thousands of gallons a day however would have saturated the surface of the further north clays and indeed run across the surface until entering the clearly marked swampy surface water area which Chemtura personnel had also verbally described as previously wet and swampy. This wet area is clearly marked on Conestoga Rovers (CRA) map C-02 of May 17, 2013. 

From that location there is only one logical and possible surface water flow direction and that is south-east onto the Stroh property. This is because contrary to the ridiculous claims of Lanxess water does not flow uphill unless it is contained and under pressure which it is not on the surface of their site. GP-1 is located both south and west of the most northerly part of the Stroh Drain, and also oriented in a diagonal from north-west to south-east to the immediate west of the diagonal ridge. GP-2 is located yet further south of GP-1. GP-1 is 98 to 100% surrounded by higher elevation land (i.e. the north-west to south-east diagonal ridge) depending on different maps. 

The lowest elevation of the Stroh land beside Lanxess Canada is 345.0 metres above seal level. This is a full metre LOWER than the low lying formerly swampy area on the Uniroyal/Lanxess site. This bowl shaped are would fill up and then continue to flow southwards through the Stroh property prior to joining up with the very small creek which is the source of Martin's Creek which flows further south yet through the Martin property on its' way to joining the Canagagigue Creek. Obviously surveys were taken prior to the 1983 construction of the Stroh Drain, Ditch & Berm (SDDB) in order to properly locate the Drain so as to drain the swamp of contaminated water on both the Uniroyal and Stroh properties.

I have published here in the past maps of what I am describing. I will see if I can dig them up and add them to this post.   

I have hand delivered copies of this map to TAG members last spring (2020). The front of the map is in colour and is approximately 8 1/2 inches by 17 inches in size. The front of the document (map) has all the ground surface elevation lines (i.e. topographical contour lines) clearly marked in metres above sea level (masl). The back of the document (map) has on the left side a Conestoga Rovers & Assoc. map from their "DNAPL Investigation Work Plan" report dated Nov. 2006. This map is but one of many recognized sources such as MOE, GRCA, CRA, Reg. of Waterloo showing topographical contour lines. The right side is an Index explaining what the red and yellow arrows represent as well as explaining a few other items on the map. The yellow/orange arrows represent surface flow direction of water, wastewater, solvents and toxic liquid wastes from the east side pits (RPE 1-5). The red arrows (especially the larger red arrows) show low lying ground (like a large bowl) where hydrophobic compounds such as Dioxins/Furans, DDT likely settled out and bonded with soil particles.

I believe a left click on the picture will expand it. The text below the picture is from my 2019 book titled "Elmira Water Woes: The Triumph of Corruption, Deceit and Citizen Betrayal"

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