March 18, 2016: JMCC responds to Province’s decision on Walker Southwestern Landfill proposal
“The JMMC is disappointed in the decision by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change to accept with amendments the Terms of Reference for Walker Environmental Group’s Southwestern Landfill Proposal.
“We believe Oxford’s municipalities put forward, through the Peer Review Team submissions, convincing evidence and information regarding the ecological, economic, social and health implications of a mega-landfill for this location in our community. Our citizens have voiced their concerns loudly and clearly to the provincial government. To learn that the Southwestern Landfill proposal will now move to an Environmental Assessment process is devastating news to our community.
“We are further disappointed to learn the Minister did not grant our requests for a full Health Impact Assessment, but has left Walker to determine whether or not to expand the scope of the Health Risk Assessment: a far less comprehensive review than what would be required by a Health Impact Assessment.
“This community is not a willing host and will continue to oppose Walker’s landfill proposal. We share the profound disappointment of our citizens in this failure to protect our people from the impacts of Walker’s mega-landfill. The only outcome we can support is the outright rejection of the Terms of Reference and the denial of this project.
“At the same time, the JMCC remains committed to continuing to oversee an independent multi-disciplinary peer review process to ensure the objective, scientific information about the impacts of the proposal will be available to Oxford residents and all other stakeholders.
“To that end, we will also work to ensure Walker Environmental Group commits to a full Health Impact Assessment, as submitted to the Ministry by the Oxford County Medical Officer of Health and endorsed by the four Oxford County JMCC municipalities.”
Chair, Joint Municipal Coordinating Committee
Mayor, Township of Zorra
Read the full news release Download a copy of the statement
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change documents
- Terms of Reference Notice of Approval
- Letter to Mayor Margaret Lupton
- Understanding the EA Process
January 27, 2016: County continuing to seek protection of West Quarry Lake
Oxford County Council adopted a motion on January 27, 2016, committing the County to continue exploring options to deter Carmeuse Lime from using West Quarry Lake as a water treatment system. More
August 19, 2015: Oxford County Warden submits letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Oxford County's Warden, David Mayberry sends a letter in support of concerns raised by the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation's in regards to potential impacts of Walker Environmental Group's proposed landfill. Read the letter
August 14, 2015: Oxford County CAO submits letter raising concern with Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) for West Quarry Lake
Oxford County's CAO, Peter Crockett has sent a letter to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Carmeuse Lime (Canada) Ltd. raising significant concern with the June 15, 2015 ECA issued that would convert West Quarry Lake into a settling basin. The letter requests any work be suspended until several concerns can be addressed. Read the letter
May 26, 2015: Oxford County Warden submits letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change
At its May 13, 2015 meeting, Oxford County Council passed a resolution calling on the Provincial Government to bring forward legislation to replace the Waste Diversion Act. The resolution outlines five action items aimed at reducing waste and providing communities with a more significant voice in proposed landfill site approvals. Read the letter
April 23, 2015: Oxford County Warden submits letter to Premier Wynne, Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs and Environment and Climate Change
Oxford County Warden David Mayberry has sent a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Honourable Ministers David Zimmer and Glen Murray in regards to concerns raised by Chief Miskokomon of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. Chief Miskokomon raises concern that the First Nation's have not been directly engaged by Walker Environmental Group in its landfill proposal. Read the letters
February 20, 2015: JMCC submits letter to Minister of Environment and Climate Change heading into OGRA/ROMA conference
The JMCC was not granted a meeting with Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray at the OGRA/ROMA (Ontario Good Roads Association/Rural Ontario Municipal Association conference) running Feb 22-25, but submitted a letter and briefing note on Walker's Southwestern Landfill proposal. Read the letter
February 11, 2015: JMCC hosts public information meeting
The JMCC hosted a public information meeting on February 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Colombo Club to update the community and answer questions on the status of Walker Environmental Group’s Southwestern Landfill Proposal and the Beachville Area Air Quality Work Plan. Didn't make the meeting? Watch it on Oxford County's YouTube channel or download materials from the links below.
News release | Presentation | Minutes