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STOP the HOT MIX ASPHALT PLANT - Protect the Beaver Valley and Lake Eugenia Watershed

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As concerned residents of Grey County, we OPPOSE the Miller Paving Limited HOT MIX ASPHALT PLANT application - Exception 258.

We say NO to Miller's "Application for Official Plant Amendment", "Application for Zoning By-Law Amendment" and "Exception 258  - To permit a HOT MIX ASPHALT PLANT with an existing extraction pit" within the municipality of Grey Highlands, Grey County. 

The proposed site is located on or adjacent to PROVINCIALLY SIGNIFICANT WETLANDS, woodlands, VALLEYLANDS, fish and wildlife habitat, and PROVINCIALLY SIGNIFICANT AREAS OF NATURAL AND SCIENTIFIC INTEREST.

 

PROTECT the BEAVER VALLEY WATERSHED from CATASTROPHIC BIODIVERSITY DEGRADATION & CONTAMINATION

Pollutants such as BENZENE, formaldehyde, ARSENIC, bitumen, POLYNUCLEAR AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS (PNAs) and other toxic CANCER CAUSING carcinogens will leach into Lake Eugenia & Beaver Valley's pristine environment, contaminating one of Ontario's most unique biodiverse ecosystems along the NIAGARA ESCARPMENT. The proposed HOT MIX ASPHALT PLANT is located along the Beaver River, upstream of Eugenia Lake. The proposed site will contaminate the head waters of Eugenia Lake and the Beaver Valley Watershed, inevitably reaching GEORGIAN BAY.


Many organisms, such as fish and wildlife, lack a metabolic detoxification enzyme system, tend to ACCUMULATE polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PNAs), an extremely dangerous carcinogen. In other words... reptiles, amphibians, waterfowl, fish and wildlife of the Beaver Valley will become TOXIC as the entire ecosystem will be contaminated through the domino effect of the food chain. Organisms will be contaminated through direct or indirect HYDROCARBON contamination from the HOT MIX ASPHALT PLANT; as more sensitive organisms, such as reptiles and amphibians, continuously accumulate pollutants, the higher orders of the food chain will ingest the POLYNUCLEAR AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS through natural succession of the food chain. Our CHINOOK SALMON, Rainbow Trout, BALD EAGLES and OSPREY are only some of the organisms in the Beaver Valley Watershed that will suffer from the proposed HOT MIX ASPHALT PLANT.

 

                              TOXIC EMISSIONS & HUMAN HEALTH


Depending on what type of hot mix plant will potentially be established, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that a typical hot 'batch' mix asphalt plant emits over 74,000 lb/year of pollutants into the air and environment, and a typical ‘drum’ mix asphalt plant emits about 83,000 lb/yr of pollutants into the air and environment

 
POLYNUCLEAR AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, formaldehyde, ARSENIC, benzene and TRICHLOROETHYLENE are just a few of the CANCER CAUSING deadly carcinogens that make up the the 74,000 - 83,000 lbs of pollutants emitted EACH YEAR into the air and environment from a typical hot mix asphalt plant. 

 
The EPA ‘worst source model’ predicted that acceptable ambient levels of ARSENIC exceeded 3,500 metres from the plant and BENZENE exceeded 3,000 metres from the plant. Therefore, anything within a 3 - 3.5 km radius of the proposed plant will be directly contaminated by CANCER CAUSING carcinogenic emissions, such as: 

• all ORGANISMS - including humans

VEGETATION - including crops

WATER BODIES & SYSTEMS - including Lake Eugenia & Beaver Valley Watershed 

 
This is KNOWN to not only cause serious problems to our ecosystems and watersheds, but is DETRIMENTAL to HUMAN HEALTH from the consumption of contaminated air, water and food. 

 
A US regional environmental organization "BREDL", concluded in one of their studies that NEARLY HALF of the residents reported negative impacts on their health from a new asphalt plant. The door-to-door health survey found 45% of residents living within a half mile of the plant reported a deterioration of their health, which began AFTER the plant opened.

 
Available epidemiological studies have shown STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT links between CHILDHOOD LEUKAEMIA and exposure to pollutants such as hydrocarbons and metal fumes (like ARSENIC) and STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT links between EXPOSURE to asphalt fume and a variety of CANCERS.

  

                                         FINANCIAL CONCERNS

 
‘BREDL’ also studied the adverse impacts on PROPERTY VALUES and health for residents living near asphalt plants. The property value study documented real estate devaluations of up to 56% because of the presence of a nearby asphalt plant. Potentially, Miller’s TAX payments to Grey Highlands Municipality will be INSUFFICIENT in paying for the devaluations of surrounding businesses and real estate, along with the degradation of our roads. INEVITABLY, this would cause the remaining residents and businesses of Grey Highlands to pay more taxes to cover the potential losses caused by the HOT MIX ASPHALT PLANT. Public services in the community may also suffer due to the DECREASE in overall Municipal tax revenues caused by the HOT MIX ASPHALT PLANT.

 

DOWN STREAM <— —ASPHALT PLANT——> DOWN WIND

       (west)                        nobody is safe                   (east)

                                         

 


Grey County & surrounding areas, we NEED your help in standing up for our RIGHT to CLEAN WATER, AIR AND FOOD. Help us PROTECT the Beaver Valley and Lake Eugenia Watershed by signing this petition. We also welcome you to oppose Miller’s application, in person, at the upcoming PUBLIC MEETING - Fall 2015 (TBA).

For updates, information and important dates join our FACEBOOK group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/376188419239340/ 

"STOP THE HOT MIX ASPHALT PLANT - Beaver Valley & Lake Eugenia Watershed"

For more information or to get involved contact us at stopthehotmixplant@gmail.com

 

 



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