The Supreme Court of Canada has announced that it will not hear appeals brought by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and Tyendinaga citizens concerned about the legality of an environmental assessment of the Richmond landfill expansion project in eastern Ontario. The court also ruled that residents must pay the legal costs of Waste Management of Canada to defend the appeal.
Waste Management is proposing to expand the former municipal landfill to 750,000 tonnes of garbage per year from the current 125,000 tonnes. Opponents have fought the proposed expansion since 2000. The company is expected to submit its final application to the environment ministry in late spring or early summer, and a final decision will be made by Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky. Interestingly, Dombrowsky hails from that area and opposed the landfill expansion when she was a member of the opposition government.
Company spokesperson Wes Muir was quoted in local media saying the company is pleased with the decision because it "validates our terms of reference." It is not known how long the ministry’s review of the proposal will take and no date has been set for opening of the expanded facility.