Citizens Against the ED-19 Dump retains Canadian Environmental Law Association as Legal Counsel to oppose the ED-19 dump.
EDWARDSBURGH-CARDINAL - Today Citizens Against the ED-19 Dump (CAD), a not-for-profit group opposed to the opening or sale of an undeveloped landfill site known as ED-19, retained the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) to provide legal assistance in this matter.
Kyle Johnston, spokesperson for CAD, officially made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon.
"We are very pleased to be working with CELA to address the use of a 20 year-old Environmental Assessment (EA) to support the opening and sale of a dump to a private company," Johnston stated. "This is a big step forward for an important cause that is supported by a large number of people. In a very short period of time, our group has grown to over 1,200 members. We have raised awareness of some very serious legal, policy, social and environmental issues that, in our opinion, are being avoided or ignored by the Council of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville," he finished.
Founded in 1970, CELA is a public interest law group, and its lawyers have extensive experience representing residents in waste disposal cases in court and before administrative tribunals. CAD will utilize the legal services of CELA to critically examine, and if necessary, challenge the adequacy and validity of the 20-year-old approvals for the dump.
Canadian Environmental Law Association Counsel Richard Lindgren, suggests the extraordinary two-decade-old Environmental Assessment (EA) creates circumstances that favour CAD's stance.
"In our opinion, it would be inappropriate and unprecedented for the County, or any other proponent, to develop a new landfill on the basis of an EA process that was undertaken some 25 years ago," Lindgren said. "We look forward to working with CAD and its members in relation to the unused and, in our view, stale-dated Environmental Assessment approval issued by a previous Minister of the Environment."
CELA's retainer comes just before a scheduled appearance at County Council at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 23 in Brockville, by CAD spokesperson, Kyle Johnston. Johnston will appear as a delegate to County Council where he will discuss some of the flaws with motions being proposed by Mayor Sayeau and Mayor Baptista, respectively.