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Letter: This Can't Be Healthy

Local2 Viewer Submission for local2 sault ste. marie
May 17th, 2012 at 1:05pm



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letter to the editor headlineDear Local 2 News,

I have a concern that I thought you or your readers may be able to help me with. Yesterday evening I was at the top ball fields with my children at Elliot fields (Rossmore Rd.) I could see at the back of Boniferro Mill Works what looked to be a huge pile of garbage and a really bad smell.

I decided to check it out and it turned out to be Rainone Constructions wood recycling yard. The pile of what seemed to be more than wood is huge and the place is a total mess! It looks like an abandoned garbage dump. I was a bit concerned and decided I would ask some of the other parents some of whom live on Rossmore Rd how long this had been going on? I was told for probably about five or so years but not until about a year ago did it become such a mess. They told me that they believe that because of this mess they have seen a huge rise in the rodent population in the area. This is why this cannot be healthy!

I decided when I got home to do a little research and found of the Ministry of Environment certificate of approval for waste disposal of this site. Apparently they cannot be monitoring this site because many of the terms and conditions which were imposed when permission was granted are not being met! The terms specifically says the incoming waste shall be inspected by qualified employee prior to being received and there where people dumping waste and no employee was on site, it also says the dump has certain hours it can operate and once again it not being monitored. The paper also states that the waste should not exceed a total of 1500 tonnes and clearly it is at least triple that! Being the inquisitive person that I am I returned this morning and spoke to an employee of Rainone construction and he told me that the equipment that they use to grind the waste wood broke down (caught on fire) about a year ago and because the company is in financial hardship have not been able to fix it and cannot afford to have a company do it for them.

Now my concern is what if this company shuts down? Will we the tax payers be stuck with the clean up bill because the Ministry is suppose to be monitoring this? or is Mr Boniferro going to be stuck with the clean up costs because its on his property? I did not include my name in this letter and I do not wish to be identified because I bet the people that are involved in this will not be happy and I don't want any trouble.

Thank you,
Concerned Citizen

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