According to CanWest News Service, a proposal to ship Toronto garbage north to Kirkland Lake’s Adams Mine appears to be regaining momentum. The mine owners are on the verge of obtaining a permit to pump millions of litres of water out of the site.
The company has applied for a permit to remove 26 million litres per day from the mine for about a year to be followed by the removal of 8.6 million litres per day for another full year. The water would be discharged into a nearby stream.
Gordon McGuinty, a second cousin to the Premier and managing director of Adams Mine Rail Haul, said the same permit was granted back in 2000 during the last big push to transform the site in a landfill. When the City of Toronto voted to truck its garbage to Michigan rather than ship it north, the permit eventually expired.
“We now have decided to begin the construction of the landfill in the spring,” Gordon McGuinty said, noting the renewed activity was prompted by a growing crisis in landfill capacity and indications that Michigan is determined to stop garbage imports.
Opponents of the plan such as Terry Graves, a spokesman for the citizens’ group Public Concern Temiskaming, are upset that the newly-elected Liberal government is backpedaling from earlier promises.
“During the election campaign the Liberals committed to a moratorium on water-taking permits … they haven’t done that," says Graves, adding, "They committed to a comprehensive review of the environmental assessment process as it applies to the Adams Mine, and they haven’t done that.”