Media Release

Earth Day Marks Opening of Citizens' Case Against Adams Mine Dump

Posted on behalf of CELA's clients: the Adams Mine Intervention Coalition

Apr 22 1998

Kirkland Lake. Temiskaming environmental groups will spend Earth Day in a hearing room, making their case against the Adams Mine landfill proposal.A fast-track environmental assessment of a mega-dump near Kirkland Lake goes into its fourth week, with the local opposition presenting its case against the proposed 20 million tonne landfill proposed for an abandoned mine. Notre Development presented its technical witnesses in the first two weeks, followed by the Ministry of the Environment. The citizens coalition opposed to the proposal will present its case for two days on April 22-23. Paul Bowen, one of the country's leading landfill design experts, will take to the witness stand on Wednesday afternoon to present his critique of the Adams Mine proposal. Bowen has concluded that there are fundamental problems with the proposed landfill which could lead to the contamination of local water resources. "In my opinion, the project does not comply with applicable provincial policies regarding landfill siting, design and operations," said Bowen, a principal with the firm TerraProbe.Two other panels of "lay witnesses" will also be called by the citizens' coalition, and will explain the public concerns with Notre Development's proposed design, the operational history and physical characteristics of the South Pit at the Adams Mine, and the community perspective and observations on the proposed concept and its design evolution. "We've been following the project closely for years now, and we have some observations that the panel should be aware of in terms of how Notre's design has changed and shifted", said Joe Muething, one of the Adams Mine Intervention Coalition witnesses."Local people have no confidence in the proposal for good reasons, and the hearing panel needs to understand those reasons, in order to understand the Notre proposal and why it's so risky", stated Mr. Muething.The Coalition was formed by eight local and regional organizations concerned about the environmental and social impacts related to using the abandoned open pit mine as a disposal site for garbage shipped from southern Ontario. Local opposition to the dump is estimated to be as high as 95% in some affected townships, and has been constant since the proposal was first announced almost a decade ago.- 30 -For more information:Brennain Lloyd, Northwatch, 705-497-0373Joe Muething, 705-544-8254Rick Lindgren, Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association, 416-960-2284