Saturday, November 18, 2023


Bob Burtt of the K-W Record wrote a story about dioxins at the Uniroyal site back on May 15, 1991. They had been found as high as 19 parts per billion in soils on the site. The Ontario Ministry of Environment apparently did not have any criteria or standard for soils at industrial sites but they did have a limit of 1 part per billion (ppb) on residential properties at the time. Currently there are provincial soil standards (Table 8) which refer to soils within either 10 or 30 metres of surface water (rivers, lakes etc.). That limit or criteria is 7 parts per TRILLION (ppt). To say that Uniroyal/Lanxess exceed that criteria routinely the length of the downstream Creek to the Grand River is an understatement.  When it comes to the even much lower criteria for dioxins in creek sediments then I believe the exceedances of the federal criteria (.85 ppt) are even more egregious. 

The May 15, 1991 article gives further damning information about dioxins and their toxicity to wildlife and human beings. How is it possible today based upon even greater knowledge of the damage that dioxins have done and are doing to human beings, fish and wildlife that Lanxess and their fellow travellors continue to sell their bought and paid for, self-serving Risk Assessment of the Canagagigue Creek to the unsuspecting public as well as the non-confrontational, non-aggressive, tame TAG committee? The fact that the Ontario Ministry of Environment are supporting Lanxess efforts is an indication of exactly how corrupt our so called environmental regulator is.

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