Mega-Quarry = Mega-Dynamite, Daily

Opponents of the Melancthon mega-quarry have raised an urgent alarm about the latest application filed by the quarry developers, Highland Companies, requesting a Certificate of Approval for air and noise emissions related to blasting at the quarry.

No Environmental Assessment is legally required for the following:

Emissions discharged to the atmosphere including suspended particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.

More precisely, the company’s application describes …

  • a blasting schedule of 20 tonnes of dynamite per day (20,000 kilograms)
  • One tonne of discharge will fall to the quarry floor, which is where water will be pumped (re-charged) into the underground aquifers.
  • Apparently 2 to 5% of explosive residues will remain in the exploded material and rock, which can be expected to fall into the aquifer water

It makes you wonder “who’s minding the store”. It’s also a reminder that all the legislation in the world just amounts to good intentions. Disasters are created by indifference. There is a brief 30 day period for public comment which is quickly passing and expires on July 29.  Opponents of the quarry are seeking:

  • an extension to the period allowed for public comment
  • a formal Environmental Assessment of the quarry project

Who to contact:

Application Processor

Client Services Section

Ministry of the Environment

Operations Division

Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch

2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A

Toronto Ontario  M4V 1L5

Phone: (416) 314-8001  ;  Fax: (416) 314-8452

Toll Free Phone: (800) 461-6290

Reference: Environmental Registry EBR 011-3976