Some Good News from Ontario MOE

The MCA wrote to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in September, 2013, again raising concerns about the lack of any enforceable limits on contaminants in the amended sewage treatment permit for the proposed Lodge redevelopment, about the lack of updated water quality baseline studies, and about the lack of any phosphorous treatment facilities in the plant.

The MOE responded at the end of January, informing us that redevelopers Bob Banman and Bob Schenkel had agreed to install in the plant the chemical process required to treat the effluent for phosphorous. This is good news, and the MCA thanks the MOE for paying attention to this issue and the redevelopers for agreeing to address it.

But the MOE letter ignored the critical issue of no enforceable limits on any contaminant from the plant and ignored the issue of updating the 26 year-old baseline studies. These obvious failings in the amended permit for the plant cannot be allowed to stand, and the MCA will continue to try to work with the MOE and with Manitoba Provincial officials to correct them.

The MCA’s September, 2013 letter to MOE, the MOE’s January response, and the MCA’s February reply are available under the “Minaki Lodge” tab, listed under “MCA Correspondence  With Ontario Ministry of the Environment.”

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