Edwardsburgh-Cardinal – Today, CELA filed an application with Minister Glenn Murray (MOECC) to reconsider and/or revoke the EA for the Spencerville ED-19 Mega-Dump, in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal.
The EA is over 20 years old and relies on information collected in the early 1990s, which CELA argues has changed significantly in the intervening years. CELA’s submission argues, among other things, that after 20 years of lying dormant, the site is now part of a larger wetland complex containing confirmed sightings of species at risk, including Blanding’s and Snapping turtles as well as an established heron rookery.
CELA also notes that a number of new homes have been established in the vicinity of the site in the intervening 20+ years, and new residents have moved in along the haul routes to the proposed Mega-Dump.
The CELA submission also argues it would offend the purpose of the Environmental Assessment Act for Leeds and Grenville Counties to be permitted to sell the site and its approvals to an outside private waste management company to import waste from all over the province, to the Counties.
“Our lawyers believe that we have a good case to argue against the continued validity of an unused 20 year old environmental assessment approval in any circumstances, and particularly in these circumstances,” commented Kyle Johnston, Spokesperson, Citizens Against the ED-19 Dump.
“In our opinion, there is good reason for the Minister to review and/or revoke this stale-dated EA approval. The Minister can also send this matter to the Environmental Review Tribunal for reconsideration. In our experience, this is an unprecedented situation that raises important public policy and legal questions which must be addressed,” said Richard Lindgren, Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association