To the surprise of virtually no one, test results recently confirmed that contaminated soil has been dumped at the Greenbank Airways fill site.
The wait is now on to see what will be done about it. The township has already ordered more tests to see just how far the problem has gone, and if the dirty dirt has add any ill effects on groundwater at, or near the site, which happens to sit in close proximity to the headwaters of the Nonquon River, making it the vital source of drinking water for thousands of local residents.
The owner of the site was unavailable for comment when The Standard repeatedly reached out to him. This was also not surprising, since there has been nothing of note at the site since Scugog Township put a stop to deliveries of fill to the airport on April 1 after their permit expired.
The real shame for local residents is that this abomination was ever allowed to pop up in their neck of the woods. And there is plenty of local blame to go around for some lack of follow-up from some current and former officials since the original agreement was drawn up. But, the municipality was well beyond its capabilities before the first contaminated load ever passed through the unmonitored entrance. How the federal and provincial governments can say with a straight face that underfunded municipalities are supposed to monitor sites like these is laughable.
Hopefully, it’s not too late for the site to be cleaned up, with minimal damage to the environment
In the meantime, all levels of government should act to close some of the loopholes that have existed, big enough in size to allow a dump truck filled with contaminated soil to drive through before another unmonitored commercial fill site wreaks havoc somewhere else.
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