Media Release

Local Residents Retain CELA in Battle Against Richmond Landfill Expansion

Jul 15 1999

Local residents opposed to the expansion of the Richmond Landfill today retained the legal services of the Canadian Environmental Association (CELA).Established in 1970, CELA is a legal aid clinic based in Toronto which specializes in environmental law. Over the past three decades, CELA lawyers have been involved in numerous landfill cases all across Ontario."We are strongly opposed to the proposed dump expansion, and we are greatly concerned about current operations at the existing site", said Stephen Geneja, spokesperson for the Local Committee of Concerned Tyendinaga Residents. "We therefore found it necessary to retain specialized legal assistance to properly address these matters.""CELA regards this as a test case of considerable public interest", noted Richard Lindgren, the CELA lawyer who is representing the local residents. "We look forward to working with the local residents in this matter." "We are concerned that the proponent does not intend to examine fundamental questions during the environmental assessment process, such as whether there is even a need for a mega-landfill of this size and capacity in southeastern Ontario", continued Mr. Lindgren. "Other key questions include whether there are better alternatives to the proposed expansion, such as the 3R's, and why the proponent is declining to undertake a proper site selection process."On behalf of the residents' group, CELA will be submitting comments on the proposed Terms of Reference prepared by Canadian Waste Services Inc. under the Environmental Assessment Act. Public comments on the proposed Terms of Reference are due by July 26, 1999. Thereafter, the Minister of the Environment will decide whether the proposed Terms of Reference meet the intent and requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act.- 30 -For more information:Stephen Geneja, 613-969-0286Canadian Environmental Law AssociationRichard Lindgren,Counsel, 613-385-1686