Why should I care?

10 Reasons to think twice about a dump in our community.

  1. SIZE and USES

    • 500 dcre dump on Eadie Road
    • potentially the largest dump in Eastern Ontario
    • Industrial waste
    • Commercial waste
    • Medical waste
    • Institutional waste
    • ONLY 15% recycling facility

    • Health Risks
    • Childhood Asthma
    • Respiratory Infection
    • Heart Disease
    • Lung Disease
    • livestock health
    • Stink throughout region

    • Daycares and schools within breathing and drinking distance of the dump
      • 3 Schools within 2500 meters of the dump
    • Your children's health (air, water, noise, traffic)
    • Risk of school closures if community begins to move away

    • Road repairs from minimum 100 trucks a day (1 truck every 5 minutes)
    • Cleanup from environmental disaster (leakage, fires, garbage truck and car accidents)
    • Clean up from an overturned 40-ton garbage truck
      • *Promises from the dump company becomes obsolete if the dump is ever resold.

    • Dump stigma affecting property values throughout the region (Vars, Russell, Embrun etc)
    • Community leaves
    • Drop in purchasing = drop in value.
    • Would not be isolated to the dump area.

    • Dump stigma affecting property values throughout the region (Vars, Russell, Embrun etc)
    • Drop in purchasing = drop in value.
    • Would not be isolated to the dump area.
    • Top grade farmland abandoned or sold for development.

    • Heavy Metals (23 of concern, 4 examples below)
      • Arsenic

        Arsenic is the most common cause of acute heavy metal poisoning in adults. Target organs are the blood, kidneys, and central nervous, digestive, and skin systems Arsenic is released into the environment by the smelting process of copper, zinc, and lead, as well as by the manufacturing of chemicals and glasses. Arsenic may be also be found in water supplies worldwide, leading to exposure of shellfish, cod, and haddock. Other sources are paints, rat poisoning, fungicides, and wood preservatives. (Roberts 1999; ATSDR ToxFAQs for Arsenic).
      • Lead

        Lead accounts for most of the cases of paediatric heavy metal poisoning. Target organs are the bones, brain, blood, kidneys, and thyroid gland (Roberts 1999). It is a very soft metal and was used in pipes, drains, and soldering materials for many years. Millions of homes built before 1940 still contain lead (e.g., in painted surfaces), leading to chronic exposure from weathering, flaking, chalking, and dust. Every year, industry produces about 2.5 million tons of lead throughout the world. Most of this lead is used for batteries, cable coverings, plumbing, ammunition, and fuel additives, paint, PVC plastics, crystal glass production, and pesticides. (International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre 1999; ATSDR ToxFAQs for Lead).
      • Mercury

        The organic form is readily absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract (90-100%). Target organs are the brain and kidneys. Mining operations, chloralkali plants, and paper industries are significant producers of mercury (Goyer 1996). Atmospheric mercury is dispersed across the globe by winds and returns to the earth in rainfall, accumulating in aquatic food chains and fish in lakes (Clarkson 1990). Mercury compounds were added to paint as a fungicide until 1990. Old paint supplies and surfaces painted with these old supplies still exist. Mercury continues to be used in thermometers, thermostats, and dental amalgam. (Many researchers suspect dental amalgam as being a possible source of mercury toxicity [Omura et al. 1996; O'Brien 2001].) Inhalation is the most frequent cause of exposure to mercury. (Roberts 1999; ATSDR ToxFAQs for Mercury).
      • Cadmium

        Cadmium is a by-product of the mining and smelting of lead and zinc. It is used in nickel-cadmium batteries, PVC plastics, and paint pigments. Target organs are the liver, placenta, kidneys, lungs, brain, and bones. It can be found in soils because insecticides, fungicides, sludge, and commercial fertilizers that use cadmium are used in agriculture. Cadmium may be found in reservoirs containing shellfish. Cigarettes also contain cadmium. Lesser-known sources of exposure are dental alloys, electroplating, motor oil, and exhaust. Inhalation accounts for 15-50% of absorption through the respiratory system; 2-7% of ingested cadmium is absorbed in the gastrointestinal system. (Roberts 1999; ATSDR ToxFAQs for Cadmium).
      • Aluminum (paints, rat poisoning, fungicides, and wood preservatives)

        Aluminum makes up about 8% of the surface of the earth and is the third most abundant element. It is readily available for human ingestion through the use of food additives, antacids, buffered aspirin, astringents, nasal sprays, and antiperspirants; from drinking water; from automobile exhaust and tobacco smoke; and from using aluminum foil, aluminum cookware, cans, ceramics, and fireworks. Target organs for aluminum are the central nervous system, kidney, and digestive system. (Anon. 1993).
      • Asbestos and its dust (CARCINOGEN - Major Cancer Causing chemical)

        Asbestos only becomes a danger when it is disturbed, causing the fibers to become airborne. There are three diseases that are triggered by inhaling asbestos fibers: asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. Asbestosis is caused when asbestos fibers are inhaled and become trapped in the lungs. In response, the body tries to dissolve the fibers by producing an acid. While not destroying the fibers, the acid serves to scar the lung tissue. Eventually the scarring can become so severe that the lungs become unable to function.
    • Plastics,
    • Toxic soil
    • Institutional waste
    • Hospital waste

    • RARE fractured shale below the dump
    • A large aquifer that provides water to some 80% of Russell and beyond.
    • Seismic activity and fault lines beneath the dump
    • Risk to ALL OF EASTERN ONTARIO's Watershed

    • Birds, rats and other vermin attracted to the site.
    • Carriers of disease and toxins beyond the dump (housing developments, neighbourhoods)

    • As many as 100 trucks a day entering from ALL directions (1 truck every 2-5 minutes)
    • Stress levels increase
    • Damage to Roads
    • Increased risk of traffic accidents
    • Possible increased insurance rates related to increased traffic.

Reasons to object

This is a letter to the editor published in local newspapers: Objection Points

Presentation at Russell High School on September 25, 2012: Presentation

Hidden Dangers

The following is a map showing fault lines in the Ottawa area. A branch of the Gloucester fault crosses route 200, less than 1km south of the proposed site. Existing natural fractures in the bedrock are documented in hydrogeology reports for the site, and increase the risk of widespread, un-containable groundwater contamination from that site.

Fault lines in the Ottawa area

The South Nation Source Protection Area website is an extensive report recently completed by the South Nation Conservation Authority identifying areas at high risk for ground water contamination (including the proposal site), and ground water recharge areas (including the proposal site), as well as many other fascinating facts.

More Information

2011 North Russell Bioblitz Report


Area of proposal

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What Taggart Miller planned for us

What Taggart Miller had planned for us Click on the picture for a larger view.