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E-C citizens call ED 19 meeting in Johnstown

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E-C citizens call ED 19 meeting in Johnstown

CARDINAL - A group of Edwardsburgh-Cardinal residents are preparing to take the ED 19 battle against the United Counties of Leeds Grenville to the next level.

Calling themselves "Citizens Against the Dump" (CAD), township homeowners opposing the County plan to sell of a parcel of land located on Byers Road to the Ottawa based Tomlinson firm to be used as a private land-fill, are mobilizing in a public forum to weigh legal and civil options available to stop the transaction.

They have called a meeting for Friday, March 3, at the Community Centre in Johnstown. Local residents have received a circulated flyer announcing the meeting.

The basis of the CAD's argument is focused on the contention that the Certificate of Approval (COA), issued by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOE), is severely outdated and does not take in to consideration changes in the flora and wildlife inhabiting the proposed dump site.

"The property has an Environmental Assessment that is over 20 years old and predates the opening of the final link of the 416 in September, 1999," the circulated flyer reads. "The Provisional Certificate of Approval dates from 1998."

At a recent public meeting, hosted in Spencerville on February 17, MOE officials confirmed (referencing the hundreds of waste sites in Ontario) that the 20-year-old ED 19 COA was the only one in existence across the province with such a level of antiquity.

The swelling movement in opposition to the ED 19 sale, already supported by the Edwardsburgh-Cardinal Municipal Council and MPP Steve Clark, received additional bolstering earlier in the week with feature airtime from an Ottawa based radio news-station. The CAD campaign is actively seeking support from a number of other environmental advocates.

Friday's meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. Additional information on CAD can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/277562249327212/.

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