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Council Of Canadians Calls On Simcoe County To Close Site 41 Permanently

by NationTalk on September 21, 2009404 Views

For Immediate Release
September 21, 2009

A motion from Councillor Doug Little calling for the permanent closure of Site 41 is to be voted on at tomorrow’s Simcoe County Council meeting. In a letter to Simcoe County Council today, the Council of Canadians is calling on the County to vote at the meeting to close dump site 41 permanently.“Concerns have been raised recently in the media about the potential for the land and certificate of approval to be sold to private developers,” states the letter from Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow. “We hope that Councillor Little’s motion will be amended to ask the Ministry of Environment to revoke the certificate of approval and to guarantee that the land will not be sold for waste management purposes.”

The letter from Barlow points out that “Ontario’s Environment Commissioner Gordon Miller has said that if the decision were to be taken today, Site 41 would not be chosen for a dumpsite.”

Barlow adds that “the Council of Canadians strongly believes that the public has a right to participate in decisions regarding water resources. The farmers, First Nations groups and other members of your community have made their position very clear.”

“None of the science supporting the construction of the landfill has managed to convince the residents of Simcoe County or the numerous environmental and social justice groups allied with them, that the landfill project is worth the threat to groundwater,” Barlow in the letter.

“To prolong this matter would be a waste of public funds,” concludes Barlow.

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For more information contact:

Dylan Penner, Media Officer, Council of Canadians, 613-795-8685

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