Concerned Citizens Battle Waste Management on Leaky LandApril 23 | Posted by Heather | The Leaky Land Blog
Where does it go?
Once its out of sight, it’s out of mind. Besides, we pay waste management companies big bucks to safely dispose of this stuff.
So no worries, right?
The companies that manage our waste make a healthy profit. In fact, like other businesses, their primary function is to make money for the shareholders. For them, garbage is just a means to an end, and it’s safe disposal is often only a concern to the extent that they are held accountable under the law. Protecting the environment around their landfills can often be less of a priority than hiring the best lawyers and spin-doctors.
This appears to be the case in Napanee Ontario in Canada.
While all the legal obligations have been met so far, the potential for an environmental disaster is significant, and the ability to prove liability after the fact can be difficult. Once a water source is contaminated, it’s too late.
That’s why people who care about the environment and the health of those downstream are fighting an uphill battle to stop this damage before it starts.
That means hiring experts and lawyers to show how the fractured bedrock in the area will not hold back the tonnes of garbage juice gathering at the bottom of the pile. We do not have billions of dollars to spin the truth and fight in court.
What we do have is a group of dedicated but overworked volunteers working on a shoe string budget. Collectively we are the CCCTE (Concerned Citizens Committee of Tyendinaga and Environs) and this is only the beginning. It’s going to be a wild ride, so why not follow Us: