SCUGOG: After waiting months for remediation to begin at the Greenbank Airways site, the Township of Scugog has decided to take legal action.
At a meeting on Monday, May 16, Council decided to issue a formal order to the owner of the site at the corner of Hwy 12 and Hwy. 47., Robert Munshaw, using their power under section 445 of the Municipal Act to require remediation immediately. Greenbank Airways has been given 60 days to have the work completed to the satisfaction of the Township.
The remediation will be overseen by the Township’s environmental consultant Golder Associates.
Council also decided to launch civil action against Greenbank Airways, GFL Environmental Inc. and DL Services Inc. at the Superior Court of Justice.
The Township is filing an injunction to require the three companies to be fully compliant with the Township’s remediation deal that was approved by Council in late July, as well as their Site Alteration bylaw. According to the resolution, if the three companies do not comply with the order, the Township can then undertake any tasks that need to be done on the site. The three companies would be responsible for all of the costs of those actions.
Greenbank Airways and GFL Environmental are also being sued by the Township for legal and consulting costs that they have incurred because of the breaches of the municipality’s site alteration agreement and site alteration bylaw.
Mayor Tom Rowett said that it is unfortunate that the Township has been forced to take this route, but added that it is necessary that the Township act now.
“The remediation plan was approved by Council some time ago and the owners of the property and the operators were not following through with the remediation that we approved, so we are in a position where if we didn’t see any movement in remediating then we needed to take action because we weren’t going to sit on it.”
Scugog has been working on getting remediation going on the site since borehole testing found evidence of soil that was above the Township’s Table 2 contamination standards in May of 2015.