A group of people opposed to the land application of a byproduct of paper recycling is planning what it describes as a “safe and peaceful protest” for today (Monday June 12, 2006) near Vineland, Ontario (St. Catherines area). The protesters are calling attention to their concerns about the construction of berm made from the material, which goes by the trade name “Sound-Sorb.”
The protesters say that Ontario’s environment ministry has not acted on recommendations made by an
expert panel in January 2005. Public concerns have been raised across the province.
Controversy over the paper recycling byproduct, made from papermill sludge, revolves around the fact that the government doesn’t classify it as a “waste” and therefore the material may be managed in less stringent ways than if it was subject to stricter waste rules.
The protesters say that farms have been told it’s safe and good for there crops, but that (with the exception of soya beans) ministry reports suggest there is no agricultural benefit from use of the material. They say that potential risks to the enviroment are greater than any measurable benefit, and that a legal loophole permits managers of the material to place it on land without permits from local municipalities.
The rally starts at approximately 7:30 a.m. at 325 Church Street, in Pelham. Protesters are invited to go up Regional Road 24, turn left on Webber Road (where there’s a church first on left). Trucks will be stopped for 10 minutes at a time in and out of the
picket entrance. The police will likely close off traffic to the street except for trucks.
The rally will continue all day and possibly for additional days.
Please direct questions to:
Randy Desnoyes 905-892-4677 or cell 905-379-4902
Lloyd Climenhage 905-892-5596
Carolyn Botari 905-892-8894