Edwardsburgh-Cardinal – Yesterday, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), Glen Murray, answered two order paper questions posed to him by MPP Steve Clark.
In response to one of the questions (response attached) posed by MPP Clark, Minister Murray confirmed the following:
“If a party were to provide to the ministry information in the form of a letter demonstrating that there has been a change in circumstances or new information that wasn’t presented at the time of approval, the Minister could then consider under section 11.4 of the Environmental Assessment Act whether to reconsider the decision.”
With the assistance of the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), CAD recently filed with Minister Murray an 11.4 application to reconsider the approval for the Spencerville dump. The submission outlines major changes since 1998 including, amongst others:
- Changes to key pieces of legislation and policy;
- Changes to the biological imprint of the site – including the presence of a new heron rookery and the sighting of endangered Blanding’s and Snapping turtles;
- Changes to socio-economic conditions, including new homes and businesses;
- Changes to air quality assessment (not completed in 1998);
- Changes to hydrogeological conditions and; very importantly;
- Changes to the intent of the site itself – from a Counties owned/operated facility for the purposes of Counties garbage to now, the expressly stated intent to sell the property to a private waste company with the intention of bringing waste in from outside of Leeds Grenville.
On behalf of its 1300+ members and all other residents and businesses in Leeds and Grenville who are perplexed by the apparent desire of Counties Council to turn Leeds Grenville into the dump capital of Eastern Ontario, we look forward to helping Minister Murray understand why he should reconsider this unused 20 year old dump approval.
“The letter from the Minister confirms exactly what CAD has been saying since this idea first became public in January. The Minister has the power to reconsider the approval for ED-19 issued almost 20 years ago, and has now confirmed that he will use it. It’s a shame that the residents had to confirm something Leeds and Grenville County Council was afraid or unwilling to do on their own. We believe this is the beginning of the end of ED-19.” – Kyle Johnston, Spokesperson, Citizens Against the ED-19 Dump