NORTH DURHAM: Durham MPP Granville Anderson has received all-party support for a motion to help deal with an issue raised by constituents in rural areas across his constituency.
The newly-elected MPP rose in the Legislature on Thursday, Dec. 4, to call for a strategy to deal with the disposal of commercial fill.
The motion, which calls for study into management of environmental integrity of fill sites like those found in Scugog, at Greenbank, and in Clarington, on Morgan’s Rd., stems from concerns Anderson heard from many constituents over the past several months, culminating with visits to both sites this fall.
“After hearing the concerns of my constituents across Durham Region, most especially in Greenbank, I put a motion forward to prompt the province to step up their testing protocols, and to keep an eye on the situation by working with both federal and municipal government,” MPP Anderson explained to The Standard.
Commercial fill refers to excess soil that has been excavated largely from construction sites in urban areas then relocated to sites often in rural areas.
This can mean hundreds of large trucks per day across rural highways and roads. Noise and inconvenience, though, tend not to be the primary concern of neighbours to such sites.
“Those living near these sites told me of their fears about whether this soil has been tested properly for contaminants and dangerous chemicals,” MPP Anderson said. “Residents are concerned that gasoline, heavy metals, hydrocarbons and other pollutants can come saturated in the fill and end up impacting their water.”
The matter received support from members of all three parties in the legislature, who supported the protection of natural resources in rural areas.
MPP Anderson told The Standard that he “wished that all three levels of government would agree on a set of rules, and work together. We need one solid plan to govern fill and testing.”
To get in touch with MPP Anderson, please contact his constituency office, located at 23 King St. West in Bowmanville, by phoning 905-697-1506, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.