“We must expedite this testing. Residents deserve up to date information.” – St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens
A News Release from the Constituency Office of St. Catharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens
Posted October 22nd, 2020 on Niagara At Large
QUEEN’S PARK – St. Ctharines NDP MPP Jennie Stevens is urging the province to immediately expedite and expand testing of the former GM plant site in St. Catharines.
The residents of St. Catharines had to wait almost six months for the results of the first round of testing which found high levels of carcinogenic PCB leaking into a creek. Stevens says the community needs the second round of testing to be analyzed without delay.
“We must expedite this testing. Residents deserve up to date information,” said Stevens at the Ontario legislature Thursday.
“Will this Ministry commit to expediting testing on the GM plant to provide the answers to the neighbourhoods in St. Catharines?,” Stevens asked the environment minister.
Stevens told the minister that the St. Catharines community is also asking for the ground and water surrounding the site to be tested for asbestos.
“The Ministry of Environment says it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Labour. While the Ministry of Labour says they don’t test unless the site is active. That’s not an answer – that’s red tape. The people of St. Catharines want the former GM lands clean. The mayor and the council want the former GM lands clean.”
“The community is raising fears about asbestos poisoning. Will this government commit here today to make an exception to include asbestos in their water testing so that the City of St. Catharines can move forward so we can redevelop?,” asked Stevens.
To read an October 14th news release from the Coalition for a Better St. Catharines on concerns citizens have about possible exposure to asbestos and other contaminats from the abandoned GM site off Ontario Street in St. Catharines, click on – https://www.abetterstcatharines.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Asbestos-Group-Urges-Immediate-Clean-Up-at-Former-GM-Site-Final.pdf .
To read a recent statement from St Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik, dated October 16th, on the status of environmental conditions at the GM site as the city apparently knows it, click on – https://www.stcatharines.ca/en/governin/resources/Mayor/OntarioStreetstatement.pdf
To read a recent report posted on our Niagara At Large site about concerns over toxic PCBs possibly migrating from the GM property and entering the Twelve Mile Creek and Lake Ontario, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/10/10/st-catharines-citizens-call-out-ontario-environment-ministrys-lack-of-action-on-toxic-pcb-concerns/ .
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