Landfill open house moved to Woodstock

By Jennifer Vandermeer, Norwich Gazette/IngersollTimes

The location of the proposed landfill site on Carmeuse Lime property in Zorra Township.

The location of the proposed landfill site on Carmeuse Lime property in Zorra Township.

The Walker Environmental Group public open house regarding the proposed Zorra Township landfill site has been relocated to Woodstock.

The date for the event remains Wednesday, April 4 from 2 to 8 p.m. It will be held in the Vansittart Room at the Quality Inn in Woodstock.

Originally, the open house was to be held at the Elm Hurst in Ingersoll, but when a WEG representative called to confirm the reservation, they were told the business was concerned about the negative impact of accommodating the event, in light of the public opposition to the landfill proposal.

Joe Lyng, WEG general manager of strategic growth, said he understands and respects the Elm Hurst's position.

“Regardless of what happens with our proposal, the Elm Hurst has to remain in this community,” Lyng said.

The public open house is the first of about a year's worth of public consultation events. Another aspect is the community liaison committee that will comprise local interested individuals. Next week's open house is an opportunity for people to apply to be on that committee.

In the WEG office at 160 Carnegie Street, Lyng has a board where he posts the different concerns that people have brought to him. He is open to having people drop in to ask for information or raise concerns. Some of the items on the board include health, air quality, water quality, property values and economic impact. Lyng said experts in the different fields are hired to study the potential impacts.

It is through consultation with the public that WEG determines what issues are important to the community and drives the company's design of the various studies that need to be done on the proposed site at a mined quarry on Carmeuse Lime property at Centreville.

When the terms of reference for the studies is complete after about a year, it will be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment where it will be open for more public input before being either approved or sent back with comments.

After the terms of reference for the studies is approved, the actual studies will begin. Lyng said this can take up to two years, after which the results are sent to the Ministry of Environment for consideration.

The study and approval period can take as long as five years before any construction is started. Depending on the time of year, construction can take up to two years.

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