Landfill company says it reported concerns to town
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | July 13, 2017|
Highlands Environmental – Minden Hills’ contractor for landfill attendants at Scotch Line – has spoken out after the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) issued the township with a Provincial Officer’s Order June 19 over the state of the waste disposal site.
A consultant to Highlands Environmental (HE), Brigitte Gall, said HE is an independent contractor to Scotch Line and other municipal landfills and transfer stations and “is not responsible for the decisions, actions or inactions that may have led to the current situation at the Scotch Line landfill.”
She told The Highlander July 11 that the company felt it had no option but to come forward after a number of residents came to Scotch Line to challenge the attendants
and ask them “how or why they let this happen.”
But Gall said in an email, “We have no role or authority with regards to site management or operations. As stated in the MOECC report, it is the municipality which is the owner/operator of the site.”
“HE is mentioned only once in the report, and only in reference to its provision of staff. Attendants are there to assist the public and enforce the landfill rules as
directed by the municipality.”
She added that as the frontline workers at Scotch Line, they have noted similar concerns to those stated in the provincial officer’s report, and have brought these concerns to the attention of municipal staff.
Some of the concerns include: leachate, both in and outside of the landfill’s current footprint; improper waste in a too steep construction and demolition pile, and litter in the woods. Leachate is water that has travelled through a solid and leached out some of its contaminants.
Ivan Ingram, the township’s environmental and property operations manager, declined comment.
Reeve Brent Devolin told The Highlander July 12 that “for me to comment before I see Cambium Inc.’s report is prejudicial. They are the experts in the field with the knowledge about the facility and operations. It wouldn’t be fair.”
The municipality has called a special meeting of council for July 17 at 1 p.m. in council chambers to discuss the order.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.