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Enviro-Mich message from "Jeff Surfus" <jeffsurfus@email.msn.com>

Hello Enviro-Michers,

I am forwarding the following message from activists in Northern Ontario
regarding a battle they are fighting to keep an abandoned surface mine from
becoming a huge solid waste disposal site.  What does this have to do with
Michigan?  It's likely that if this site is approved, much less garbage will
come into Michigan from Toronto specifically and Ontario in general.

On the surface, this sounds like good news for Michigan, but in reality it
is just more bad waste management planning by government decisionmakers in
Ontario.  It appears that Ontario is real mirror image of Michigan these
days when it comes to environmental (mis)management.  Instead of sending
their garbage and every environmental headache that goes with it hundreds of
miles away to Michigan, Toronto may instead be sending it hundreds of miles
away to the backyards of fellow Ontarians who have no say in the matter.

I'm not sure who, but I would bet there is a multi-national corporation
involved here who stands to make a financial killing at the expense of the
people in Northern Ontario, just like BFI is profiting at the expense of
people in Michigan.

The folks in Kirkland Lake, Ontario need the support of everyone who cares
about the future of waste management and those who care about changing our
"out of site, out of mind" disposal mentality.

Please help support them!

(Note:  the following message has embellishments by me in parentheses to
help translate)

-----Original Message-----
From: Brennain Lloyd <brennain@onlink.net>
To: nwatch@onlink.net <nwatch@onlink.net>
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 1998 1:08 PM
Subject: Adams Mine E.A. Decision - Next Stage in the Struggle

>Greeting all,
>As most of you will know, we have been engaged in a decade-long conflict in
>Timiskaming District over a series of proposals to use the Adams Mine as a
>mega-dump for (primarily Toronto's) mixed solid waste. It began under
Toronto's SWISC process  in
>the late '80's, continued through the years of policy reform in the early
>'90s and the IWA process in the greater Toronto area, seemed to have come
>a belated demise when Metro Toronto council rejected the project in
>1995, but was resurrected as a private sector venture which has been the
>subject of a pseudo e.a. assessment these last few years. There was a
>high-speed chase through a severely scoped e.a. hearing this spring, and
>hearing panel's decision was released on Friday.
>The news was not good. In brief, the majority of the panel (ie. two of the
>three) concluded that - while there was insufficient evidence to approve
>project outright - the project approval process should be moved out of  the
>public e.a. process, and into the dark shadows of a MOE (Minister of
Environment--Ontario's equivalent to Russell Harding!!!) decision, delegated
>to the director. There were 29 conditions imposed, but none of them or all
>of them combined will not save the project from imposing serious
>environmental harm. In a nutshell, it's a bad design in a bad site which is
>almost certain to result in "unexpected" release of leachate into the local
>water systems (wells and rivers) and is absolutely certain (as part of the
>design) to rely on large volume routine releases of water which is 5x in
>exceedance of provincial standards.
>Local opposition remains very very high, as does the determination to see
>the project stopped. Over the next several days, we'll be assessing our
>options and determining next steps; over the next several months, we'll be
>making every effort to see the project stopped.
>We would welcome your suggestions, and are asking for your support. Having
>opposition to the project expressed province wide will be essential. We'll
>do our best to keep you posted as we go, and hope to hear from you soon
>about how you might join us in this effort.
>Brennain Lloyd
>[on behalf of the Adams Mine Intervention Coalition, a coalition of
>residents,  and environmental groups]
>Northwatch                           Acting Together Today - for Tomorrow!
>Box 282
>North Bay                             tel 705 497 0373     fax 705 476 7060
>P1B 8H2                              email   nwatch@onlink.net
>  _____________________________________________________________

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