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Arrogant, or just irresponsible?
Ontarians are rapidly being faced with two choices, when considering the growing estimated cost for scrapping the planned gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.
Elmira creek sample shows increased DDT levels
A site downstream of Elmira's Chemtura chemical plant has shown a higher-than-expected level of DDT.

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Legal claim drafted against wind company "So with 9 studies on wind turbines and property values saying (No value drop because of turbines) lawyer Eric Gillespie does not have a case. Making this is just another costly nuisance case!! PTL for NIMBYs is Pay The Lawyer"
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Marathon meeting finally ends with 2.67 per cent budget increase "The final compromise of $100,000 of surplus funds to be used, one of about half a dozen debated, was actually proposed by councillor Pope. The towns reserves, remain almost exactly the same as 2013, and will be boosted substantially by the sale of th"
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CPAC member questions value of saving wetlands on contaminated site
Councillor Mark Bauman is concerned about some restrictions the Grand River Conservation Authority is placing on Chemtura, when it comes to the remediation of former waste pits GP1 and GP2.
CPAC narrows focus to Chemtura property
Members of the Chemtura Public Advisory Committee are raising a new area of concern, regarding the long-term cleanup of Elmira’s aquifer.
A lasting legacy
It’s an interesting question, one that deserves a full discussion — when Elmira’s groundwater is cleaned up to Ontario drinking water standards, will we be confident enough to drink it?
Falling on deaf ears
Elmira Independent Editorial: Woolwich councillors have consulted the public, but did they listen?
CPAC continues to oppose partial excavation of waste pits
The Chemtura Public Advisory Committee continues to oppose any partial excavation of former waste pits on the Chemtura site, pushing for a full excavation of the toxic soil. But according to officials at Chemtura, that's not going to happen.
Chemtura rejects funding request
The Chemtura Public Advisory Committee is still pushing for additional funding from Chemtura, but the chemical company is not willing to provide it — at least, not for two recent requests.
Time to grow up
Elmira Independent Editorial: Here's a few words of advice to members of the Chemtura Public Advisory Committee, as well as representatives of Chemtura.
Responsible Care dispute continues at CPAC
Controversy about Chemtura's attempts to achieve Responsible Care verification turned into a lengthy back-and-forth between members of the Chemtura Public Advisory Committee and Chemtura officials on Monday night.
Chemtura, CPAC chairman at odds over Responsible Care
Officials at Chemtura are not happy with a recent presentation at Woolwich committee-of-the-whole.
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CPAC meets with environment minister
Chemtura Public Advisory Committee chairman Dan Holt is pleased with a recent meeting with Environment Minister Jim Bradley — but isn't sure what the next steps will be.
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'Major changes' planned for Elmira's groundwater cleanup
Work on the updated remediation plan will get underway quite quickly, with a work plan to resolve "data gaps"and pumping tests on existing wells to be completed by the end of this month. In-situ remediation testing will require MOE approval, but the work plan will be submitted by Dec. 15, 2012.
Making progress
Elmira Independent editorial: In the past, Chemtura has had difficulty reaching its pumping targets. This has been the combination of restrictions that came when ammonia — a contaminant not associated with Chemtura's historical practices — was also found in the groundwater. Until Chemtura was able to get its ammonia treatment system (ATS) up and running — and solve its dispute with neighbour Yara, which assumed some responsibility for the contamination — the company was limited in the amount of contaminated groundwater it could pump and treat, particularly during the summer.
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Chemtura opens doors to community
Chemtura is a company that has not had the most positive history with the town of Elmira. Historical practices that led to the contamination of Elmira's groundwater have not done much to endear them to the town's residents. Chemtura, in an attempt to improve this relationship, held an open house this past weekend so that members of the community could get to know the company and what they do.
An uphill battle
Elmira Independent editorial: This past weekend, Chemtura opened its doors to the public. While it was clearly a move designed to improve the chemical company's image in the community, it seems the open house may have failed in its purpose.
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Elmira will need new wells, after groundwater restored
Wells that were once used by Elmira residents for drinking water are not owned by the Region of Waterloo, and will not be restored when Elmira’s drinking water meets provincial drinking standards
Buried drums excavated from Chemtura site
Chemtura hopes to continue excavation work on its site to remove buried drums that are remnants from Elmira’s former landfill.
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