Asbestos heaped in town dump angers residents
“You go and dump a bunch of big bags marked ‘Caution, Danger, C Toms Outlet Online ancer causing Lung Disease Agents,’ and then don’t expect people to freak out? They give us no pre warning, they never gave us the choice as to letting this happen,” Crawford told CBC News.
“Why do we all of a sudden become Chernobyl of the north, you know future home of the two headed babies. Why would they go and dump it on us and not let us know ahead of time? There is no accountability.”
Approved by cityGillam Mayor Jim Goymer said the town was contacted by a Montreal environmental company, asking permission to dispose and bury 540 tonnes of non hazardous contaminated soil and 410 tonnes of asbestos.
Some bags are torn and have grey powder spilling out. (Diana Rosy Roy Korkola)
The massive industrial waste removal bags are tagged with a “Danger” notice that states the material is a “Cancer and Lung Disease Hazard.”
However, Goymer insists the materials don’t pose a public threat, adding Manitoba Conservation approved the dumping.
“We had to make sure that it was going to come in double bags. Nothing should be getting out of it. As long as everything arrives in its condition and we bury it right away, there should be no problems whatsoever,” he said.
Some bags, in photos taken by residents, are torn and have grey powder spilling out.
Crawford said the municipality should have allowedresidentsto express their views overthe dumping or at least warn them it wa Toms Outlet Online s going to happen.
Disposed materialsAccording to the Town of Gillam, the asbestos and other waste came from the former Mid Canada Line Site in Winisk, Ont., which is being remediated.
Goymer acknowledged that council had made a mistake in not telling people about it, but he said a notice wasposted on the townwebsite.
That notice, though, doesn’t mention anything about asbestos. It states: “The Town of Gillam council made an informed decision to accept non hazardous waste into the Gillam waste disposal ground.”
It further states that Manitoba Conservation approved it and asks people to use caution when at the dump site.
In another online notice dated Sunday, the Town of Gillam said residents were not notified about he asbestos “because we don’t formally notify the public of our ordinary operations, nor have we notified the public about the acceptance and burial of this type of material in the past.”
The town said residents have always been invited to attend council meetings, where “all of the information regarding this material was dicussed openly.”
With regards to the bags of asbestos being labelled as dangerous, Toms Outlet Online the town said the warnings only apply if anyone goes near the bags or tries to open them.
Restricted accessGoymer said another load will be dumpedThursday and all of it will be buried. The town is getting paid$80 a tonneto accept the material, he added.
Dan McInnis, Manitoba’s assistant deputy minister of conservation and water stewardship, said access to the Gillam asbestos Toms Outlet Online site is restricted.
“I don’t think there’s a need to worry. I also think there’s a need not to go there and start walking over the bags and driving over the bags that wouldn’t be a prudent thing to do,” he said.