Tuesday, May 30, 2023


I believe that the Uniroyal/Lanxess Canada site in Elmira has been leaking  into the natural environment from all aquifers. Yesterday we talked about the Municipal Aquifers (MU & ML) and today it is about the Shallow Aquifers also known as the Upper Aquifers (UA1, 2, 3). Page 5 in the April 2023 monthly Progress Report tells the tale while a picture is provided in Fig D.3, D4 and D.5 all in Attachment D. 

Page 5 advises us that as per Figure D.3  "...there were several losses of containment on April 13, 2023."  Further  "Figure D.4 shows UA1 groundwater elevation contours beneath the entire Site, East of the Creek, UA1 groundwater  elevations north of OW98-5 were higher than the corresponding surface water elevations which is consistent with the discharge of this groundwater into the Creek." Finally "The UA1 groundwater elevation at UOW+460 was higher than the surface water elevation at station SS+450A indicating UA1 groundwater was not contained at this location."

How often and how severe over the decades have these losses of hydraulic containment been? How much of Uniroyal's toxic legacy has continued to flow off their site both into the Elmira drinking water aquifers and into the Canagagigue Creek? With total control of the cleanup in the hands of the polluter (Uniroyal/Lanxess) and their partner in pollution (Min. of Environment/MECP) it is difficult to prove. Exactly as planned and supported by many local politicians. 

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