Gravel Watch Ontario, a coalition of Ontario community and environmental groups, is alarmed by provisions in the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) that promote reprocessing of toxic industrial waste in aggregate sites.
“These proposed changes, inserted at the 11th hour, pose a serious threat to public health, farmland, the environment and rural communities,” said Ric Holt, president of Gravel Watch.
Gravel Watch is concerned that inclusion of waste reprocessing facilities in pits and quarries will lead to these industrial sites never being rehabilitated and operating in perpetuity on rural lands. They are also concerned with the threats posed by toxic contaminants being dispersed in large quantities into the air and leaching into groundwater, wells and farmland.
Gravel Watch Ontario encourages Ontarians to contact their local MPPs to urge them to more fully consider the impacts before implementing the Provincial Policy Statement. For more information, visit www.gravelwatch.org.
Tony Dowling, Gravel Watch Ontario