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Health & Safety Implications of the Dump Project
People object to the dump for public health and other reasons. The Carlsbad Springs dump proposal complies with all the current Ontario regulations for new dumps -- but we now know those regulations are defective, because of what happened at the Richmond Landfill near Napanee. That dump complied perfectly in its design, opening, operation and closure -- but within a couple of years was found to be leaking contaminated fluids off the dump site into adjacent land. In the 1980s the City of Gloucester processed an application to establish a dump near this particular site, and agreed it was unsafe, because unmapped underground streams flow through the subsurface sand and Leda clay, extending into other properties and other townships. Ontario's regulations for dumps aim at preventing leakage off site but do not require testing adjacent land to find leakage. The Environment Minister was petitioned a few years ago (after unexpected earthquakes near Ottawa) to reassess the procedures but decided against this because the regulations (written in the 1990s) were equal to those in other jurisdictions. This was a decision justified by theory. Leakage at Napanee now provides evidence that these regulations fail to protect public health and private property in Ontario today. The CRRRC proposal is a commercial project, designed to make a profit, that will be actually built only when its promoters are reasonably sure it will be profitable. The promoters have successfully proved compliance with the current regulations -- and have successfully transferred the future costs of the dump to other people, the Carlsbad Springs residents who will live with heavy trucks shaking their houses all day long, and the prospect of unknown industrial chemicals permeating the ground water in future years.