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Solid Waste Industry responds to Court of Appeal decision

 

 

 

 

 

EASG Chair Steve Morris disagrees with the media release written by Rhonda Hustler, October 1, 2003. Mr. Morris'  release appears below. Ms. Hustler had verbal confirmation from the Chair at the September 30, meeting that the process was halted until the appeal process was settled.  

WWLC news release claiming that Warwick expansion EA has been halted is factually incorrect, says EASG Chair Steve Morris

October 2, 2003 A recent news release by Rhonda Hustler, a WWLC member and an alternate member of the Environmental Assessment Study Group, stated incorrectly that Warwicks EA process is halted based on a recommendation by the EASG.

EASG Chair Steve Morris stated this morning "no recommendation to halt the process was made by the EASG at the meeting on September 30, 2003."

The EASG Chair went on to clarify what did, in fact, occur: "Neither I, nor the EASG, decided at our last meeting to discontinue the process. We agreed that prior to the release of Discussion Paper #7, I will personally contact and poll each EASG member individually on his or her view of continuing the EASG process. At that point, I will decide whether and when to call another meeting of the EASG to consider the CWS impact assessment review."

EASG Chair Morris added that: "This is too important a project to the people of Warwick to not know the real facts about what occurred and where we are in the process. Consequently, I decided that, as Chair, I had an obligation to ensure that any confusion on this matter is cleared up."

For more information, please contact EASG Chair Steve Morris at:

Tel: (519) 845-0322   Fax: (519) 845-1000

WWLC Media release October 1, 2003
Wawick's EA Process Halted
 
Warwick's EA process is halted until a final decision is reached on the appeal of the Richmond decision. At the EASG meeting Tuesday  September 30,  Chair Steve Morris acted on the recommendation of committee members to  halt CWS's  EA process .
The group referred to a letter from the Ministry of the Environment to CWS stating the Warwick EA as it now stands does not meet the requirements of an EA and therefore would not be accepted  by the Ministry. The MOE has applied the Richmond decision to the Warwick EA.
CWS offered three possible reactions to the Minsitry's notice, including going back and ammending Warwick's Terms of Reference to now include need and alternative. The EASG did not consider this "alternative" acceptable. 
CWS will, however, continue to move through the appeal process and plans to return to the Warwick EA as soon as possible.
Chair Steve Morris decided that given the committee's objections to continuing the process and the Ministry's notice,  the committee would be recalled at his discretion when  the appeal process is final.
Until then, no further documents will be distributed and no EASG meetings will be held.
The community members and WWLC members view last night's decision as a significant milestone and public victory  in what has been a long and frustrating process.

WARWICK WATFORD LANDFILL COMMITTEE   WWLC

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Monday September 29, 2003

CWS to Propose Consultation Plans for Warwick EA

 

Warwick: Canadian Waste Services is coming back Tuesday evening to follow-up   an earlier proposal to accelerate the Environmental Assessment to expand the Warwick landfill.  In June, CWS tried abbreviate the EA process by several months to submit their EA expansion documents without completing the public consultation process.

Faced with strong opposition from the consultation group, members of the public, and the Warwick Watford Landfill Committee (WWLC), CWS backed down and promised to re-consider their plan.

Tuesday night, CWS will present its next proposed Public Consultation plan for the next two review documents: Document #7 Impact Assessment and Document #8 Conceptual Design and Operations.  These reports detail local impacts and mitigation as well as the site operation for the next 25 years.

WWLC member Rhonda Hustler expects   CWS will again try to accelerate the process, eliminate important review steps, and circumvent the EA requirements.  But will again insist they abide by their original community agreement and the EA processes.

 

CWSs EA in Limbo

A court decision earlier this year on CWSs proposed landfill expansion at Richmond has implications for Warwicks EA.  In May, Ontario Divisional Court quashed the Richmond Terms Of Reference the conditions for the ensuing Environmental Assessment process-   because CWS had not studied need or the alternatives to increased landfill development.  The MOE approved the Richmond Terms of Reference (ToR) in 1999 without requiring CWS to study either need or alternative.  The MOE and CWS have sought leave to appeal the decision; an announcement is expected within the next few weeks.

The Richmond decision and uncertainty about the validity of current EAs have stalled proposals around the province.  The Warwick expansion proposal is directly affected by the Richmond decision.  These two CWS landfill expansion proposals are virtually identical, their terms of reference were approved the same day in the same Ministry announcement, subject to the same EA process and neither was required by the MOE to study need or alternatives.

According to Mac Parker, CWS has to re-consider pushing ahead with the EA at Warwick: CWS doesnt have a Terms of Reference at Richmond and the EA meetings have stopped down there.  The Richmond process has collapsed for reasons identical to those at Warwick.  Logically, CWS would halt the EA at Warwick until the legal processes are concluded. 

If an appeal is granted to CWS and the MOE, the WWLC will ask for standing to appear as a friend of the court in support of the Richmond citizens.  The WWLC recently requested funding from Warwick Council to cover legal costs ($10,000) but was turned down.  Warwick Council believes the WWLCs participation in an appeal process may have adverse effects on Councils request to participate as an added party.  No explanation was provided.  Warwick Council has not identified their position or which party they would support at an appeal.

Contact Rhonda Hustler at 416-944-0185 (until 9:30 Tuesday a.m.)  Or rhustler@hotmail.com

WWLC member   Mac Parker at   (519) 828-3548

WWLC weekly articles in the Watford Guide Advocate, letters to the Editors of various newapapers, and media coverage

Watford Guide Advocate articles

Watford Guide Advocate WWLC articles

Check out other articles at these links

The Toronto Star

"Waste Disposal at Crisis Point" by Kate Harries August 30, 2003

Toronto Star: History of Toronto Trash by Royson James

London Free Press

London Free Press: trucking Toronto's garbage to Michigan is less traffic and less garbage than CWS plans for Warwick

Read CWS consultant Paul Murray's article "Down in the Dumps," arguing why the province "needs" the Warwick expansion.