Today in Russell Township (just south of Ottawa) residents are calling for a large demonstration outside a meeting being staged by Taggart-Miller, the proponents of a mega-dump in the community.
The Council of Canadians supports the rights of communities to reject proposals that force them to gamble with their groundwater. Years of government cutbacks have destroyed what little oversight of industrial activity once existed…, there is essentially no independent verification of the facts that proponents submit in the approvals process.
The Ottawa Citizen reported earlier this year:
“….The company, a consortium driven largely by Ottawa’s Taggart Construction, hopes to take 250,000 tonnes of mostly Ottawa-generated commercial, construction and demolition waste that is now shipped for recycling and landfill in New York State annually. Opponents say the project will draw more than 100 garbage trucks a day to its site north of Russell, which is surrounded by farms…..”
The community is united against this proposed dumpsite. They are concerned that the toxic leachate that every dump produces will leak into their groundwater and that having such a large facility in the middle of their rural community will be excessively disruptive and harmful.
The Ottawa Sun reports :
“ ….A new petition led by farmers is circulating against what could become the largest waste disposal and recovery centre in Ontario.
“We need farmland, not wasteland,” is the rally call of organizers, who argue that the proposed 400-acre-plus site consists mostly of prime agricultural land either owned or optioned by the proponents.
The petitioners have “serious grievances” with the proposal from Taggart Miller Environmental Services and are seeking an “absolute cease and desist order.” They’re worried the facility could pose a risk to the local water supply and call the chosen location at a decommissioned shale quarry “fundamentally unsuitable” for waste disposal.
The company led by Ottawa’s Taggart Construction and Markham’s Miller Group first announced what they named the Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre about 17 months ago. Almost immediately, a citizen’s committee known as Dump the Dump Now began lobbying against the plan to process 250,000 tonnes of Ottawa’s industrial, commercial and institutional waste in the first year…
Opponents say the site features fractured shale bedrock, thin soil cover, high water table and headwaters of some streams and is close to many farms and homes, all of which make it unsuitable for the proposal. Critics say that if landfill liners fail, toxic leachate could enter the aquifer, contaminating wells and other water supplies on nearby land.
The concerned farmers also note that more than 400 acres of Class 1 farmland would be permanently removed from production under the proposal. Over time, they predict, other quality land could be tainted as air, water and soil contamination spreads, threatening farmers’ livelihoods.”