As reported in last week’s Standard, Scugog Township is finally moving ahead with plans to carry out random bore-hole soil testing at the Greenbank Airways site.
It appears that the pleas from nearby residents that have gone on for far too long are finally being answered, and we applaud the current councillors for finally stepping in to determine if contaminants have made their way onto the site.
While the task of testing all of the soil shipped onto the rural airfield is impossible, these 10 to 20 planned tests should go a long way to determine what has actually been taking place since trucks began rolling in more than two years ago as part of an ambitious plan by operators at the site to truck in more than 2.5 million cubic metres of soil to the site - more than enough to twice fill Toronto’s Rogers Centre. With the original agreement between the township and operators due to expire at the end of the month, a new agreement will be unveiled at a special council meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m., on Monday, March 30 at the Scugog Municipal Office.
If this recent news is any indication, the township appears to finally be taking additional steps to work towards an agreement with more safeguards in place for those living in the area of the site, which sits close to the headwaters of the Nonquon River.
The matter will further addressed in the coming weeks by MP Erin O’Toole, who will be holding a special meeting at Greenbank Hall, on Wednesday, April 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to address the concerns of area residents.
With these recent developments, for the first time in a long time, Greenbank residents may have a reason for optimism.
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