Gail Martin, Independent Editor
CPAC needs more financial support to do its work.
That’s the ongoing contention of the public advisory committee, which once again raised the issue at the monthly meeting.
Ron Campbell, who chairs the soil, water, air and technical (SWAT) subcommittee, said that the committee would benefit from having the ability to use peer reviewers on a regular basis.
“We really feel to do a good job on soil, water and air that we really need a peer review consultant that works on behalf of the township,” said Campbell. “We do need to have access to peer review consultants as we move forward.”
Earlier in the meeting, councillor Mark Bauman, who recently joined the committee, noted that the Ministry of the Environment recently received $150,000 from Chemtura, in relation to the BLE spill.
Bauman suggested that some of the money should come to Elmira, the community affected by the spill.
Steve Martindale, with the MOE, told Bauman that while the ministry has some fines that go back to the affected communities, this recent fine would likely go back into general revenue.
However, Martindale added that there are sources of funding that might be available, and he promised to bring that information back to a future CPAC meeting.
In the meantime, the committee’s resolution from April, which raised concerns about the cleanup of Elmira’s contaminated groundwater and the need for additional funding, has been forwarded to the ministry for a response.
Christine Broughton, director of council and information services, said the township has requested a meeting as soon as possible with Minister Jim Bradley, to address the concerns that have been raised.