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Farmers present petition against CRRRC
project set up in their area. Ron Versteeg, a local dairy farmer, presented council April 2 with a 238- signature petition collected over a month-longperiodfromfarmfamiliesofall sortsthroughoutthetownship.Thepetition represents the municipality’s agricultural
sector’soppositiontoaproposalbyOttawa- basedTaggert-Millertosetupacommercial and industrial recycling plant on the site of aformerquarrynearRussellvillage. “The location is the highest elevation in thetownship,”Versteegtoldcouncil,adding thatmeansthatanyleachateescapingfrom the proposed recycling plant
petition with comments to the Ministry of Environment about their concerns while the Taggart-Miller proposal is still at the pre-environmentalassessmentstageforthe ministry. “More response from more people will have value with the Ministry of Environment,” said St. Pierre. Two agricultural petitions have been drawnup,oneforownersofagriculturalland inRussellTownshipandoneforresidentsof Ontario,toprotestrezoningandpermanent lossofalmost400acresofClassOnefarmland. PetitionscanbesignedattheEmbrunCo-op feedmill and at Barry’s Home Hardware in Russell. Other potential impacts include groundwater contamination. Proponents plan to fill in a 32-acre quarry lake and groundwater recharge area to surround it with landfill cells, leachate pond and contaminatedsoil. With loss of good water to dairy, other livestock and specialty crops, many farms could not operate. In other rural Ontario locations where a leachate plume has contaminated groundwater neighbouring lands became part of an unpopulated contamination attenuation zone (CAZ). Other concerns include air pollution, negative impact on agri-tourismdue to the dominating presence and odours of the landfill, and moving machinery with increased trucking on township roads.
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EMBRUN | The men and women who workthelandinRussellTownshipdonot want to see a proposed recycling plant
wouldflowdownhill into the local water table through any faults in the old quarrysiteandcreate a risk of contamination to both neighbouring farms and those whose wells are linked to the undergroundaquifer. “Farming is a pretty important industry in this township,” Versteeg said. “A lot of businesses here depend in part or all on the farmers.” Mayor Jean-Paul St. Pierre expressed sympathy for the farmcommunityand urged Versteeg and other farmers to follow up their
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